Monday, October 14, 2013

Accessible Parking Forum: Feedback Requested on Proposed Changes to Disabled Parking Placard and Blue Zone Policies


UPDATE - October 14, 2013

BOMA San Francisco Members:

There is an upcoming Accessible Parking Forum on October 19, 2013 hosted by the Mayor’s Office on Disability and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).  The meeting is a chance to provide feedback on the Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee’s recommended policy changes to improve access to parking for people with disabilities.

Accessible parking forum
Saturday, October 19, 2013
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – welcome and poster session
11 a.m. to noon – presentation and discussion
Port of San Francisco, Pier 1, The Embarcadero

Members of San Francisco’s Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee, including BOMA San Francisco member Jeff Spicker with Parking Concepts, Inc. (see below), a stakeholder group comprised mostly of people with disabilities, will present their package of state and local policy recommendations to increase access to parking and reduce disabled parking placard misuse. The recommendations include:
  • Increase blue zones
  • Improve enforcement of placard misuse
  • Improve DMV oversight of placard approvals
  • Allow communities to require placard holders to pay at the meter
  • Use revenue for accessibility improvements
  • Allow communities to establish reasonable time limits for placard holders
Learn more about the committee and its recommendations at the project web page

UPDATE - May 28, 2013

BOMA San Francisco Members:

San Francisco’s Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee, a group of 16 stakeholders gathered by the Mayor’s Office on Disability and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), have announced an integrated set of recommended state and city policy changes intended to improve parking access for people with disabilities.

Learn more at the project web page
Read the overview brochure (PDF)

Thank you to BOMA member Jeff Spicker with Parking Concepts, Inc. for representing BOMA members on the advisory committee.

Original Post - December 7, 2012

BOMA San Francisco's Government and Public Affairs Committee (GAPAC) member Jeff Spicker with Parking Concepts Inc. will volunteer his time and expertise as BOMA's representative on the SFMTA Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee.  Mr. Spicker will provide updates on the group's discussions and actions to members of the GAPAC when warranted.

The Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee will review and make recommendations regarding on-street accessible parking policies, including those governing disabled placards and blue zones. These issues affect access and mobility for people with disabilities in San Francisco, whether they travel by car, paratransit, or public transit.

Accessible parking policies affect all transportation in the city: when parking is crowded, drivers circle the block and double-park, congesting the streets, slowing transit, and decreasing pedestrian safety. When parking is difficult to find, access is reduced, especially for those with disabilities.

To improve access, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) would like to assess and improve how it manages accessible parking. The problem of too much demand for too few spaces is critical: San Francisco has 29,200 metered on-street parking spaces but 60,750 disabled placards have been issued in San Francisco as of November 2012, with an additional 453,830 issued in the surrounding eight Bay Area counties. With these numbers, it is important to gather stakeholders to assess accessible parking policies and consider solutions.

Please click here to review the Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee summary.

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