Hundreds of on-street parking spaces will be set aside for car-sharing vehicles this fall as part of a city-led effort to reduce private-car ownership in San Francisco.
Companies like Zipcar and City CarShare will be allowed to reserve up to 150 spaces apiece, with another 150 potentially available next year. Wheelz, which specializes in peer-to-peer transactions involving personal vehicles, and Car2Go, a startup that features one-way car trips, could be included later. Read More
Developers of residential projects would be able to exceed parking caps by adding spaces designated only for car sharing, under legislation that advanced out of committee Monday.
While the proposal was praised by supervisors on the board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee, others called the legislation a wrongheaded approach to tackling the adverse environmental impacts associated with cars. Read More
Despite the increasing popularity of car sharing, the service is unavailable for many San Francisco residents in low-income neighborhoods such as Bayview-Hunters Point.
Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview and other neighborhoods in the southeast part of The City such as Visitacion Valley, lashed out at car-share companies this week for not providing services for her district. Read More
With hordes of holiday travelers expected to flee from The City this week, the streets of San Francisco are likely to be filled with rows of empty cars.Usually, those vehicles just sit and collect dust for a few days, but this year their owners can make a few extra bucks by taking advantage of a new car-sharing system in San Francisco. Read More
Idle cars in The City can now be put to use in car-sharing programs after legislation was signed into law Wednesday.
The concept for the car sharing is that privately owned vehicles could be used in a program, and the owners would receive a portion of the payment used to drive the car. The hindrance has been that insurance companies will not allow such a program. Read More