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Should Berkeley Charge for Sunday Parking?

San Francisco is requiring motorists to feed meters on Sunday. The move is expected to raise $2 million.

Starting Sunday, all parking meters in San Francisco will operate seven days a week.

City parking meters will be in operation on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. everywhere in the city, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The move is expected to raise $2 million, but city officials told the Chronicle that the money isn't the real issue. "This isn't meant to be a revenue program, it's meant to improve parking management throughout the city," SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose told the Chron. 

Pedestrian and bicycle advocates have long viewed free Sunday parking in urban areas as a de facto subsidy for car culture. What do you think? Should Berkeley follow suit and make driving a car more expensive? 

Orv Goodman January 05, 2013 at 10:39 PM
When bicyciclists start paying licence fees to help pay for the roads they want to hog. When they quit disobeying traffic laws, blocking automobile traffic and not continuing to be a nuisance. Then I would agree to some other restrictions on cars
Rita Wilson January 05, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Jai Jai ~ Emeryville has been doing these shuttles for many years. Perhaps someone in our city who is considering Berkeley Sunday meters can check with Emeryville to see how it's going. I think it's called the Emery-Go-Round.
Alexander Sinclair Merenkov January 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Orv lets be honest I could go on to complain about all the times I've Almost been hit on one of the bicycle boulevards. And not all bicyclists run red lights and weave in and out of traffic you are ignorant for thinking that the bad uninformed dangerous cyclists represent all cyclists . the blvds are for bicycles not cars and there are 11 of them how many streets does berkeley have why don't all the motorists stay off those streets and then I can justify not driving on Shattuck and blocking you and preventing you from going 25mph and instead of 20mph. Even though statistics show that the delay bicyclists cause are basically non existant since you will just get stuck at the red light with everyone else. I didn't know that there was free parking on Sunday but that's ridiculous this needs to stop. Berkeley has done everything but extend its middle finger to All motorists and I like this approach as it makes it safer for pedestrians and bicyclists and keeps neighborhoods safe by preventing people from using streets like Addison of Alston as an alternate of university. If you don't have enough emotional maturity to drive a car then you shouldn't be. A license is only a deed to drive a vehicle that is easily capable of killing other human beings it's not the deed to the roads which are funded
Alexander Sinclair Merenkov January 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM
by taxes which just about everyone(bicyclists too) pay! We need to think sustainably if we expect our children and our children's children to have an earth that is even livable. To do that we need to stop driving or find a more efficient way to do it. Buses are great as they shuttle large amounts of people and are efficient the more frequent the better the service. If you take the bus no need to park, pay for parking, or worry. I like the idea of a shuttle maybe a Berkeley shopper that goes up and down Shattuck from Dwight to Rose. Problem is that if we do that AC transit would be pissed that's why the bus service in emeryville sucks its also why bus service in San leandro sucked because they also have a flex shuttle which pissed off AC transit so they cut service. Perhaps we could just give AC transit the funds from parking enforcement if AC transit agrees to increase service on line 18 which services just about all of Berkeley's central shopping districts. Finally I'd like to say that if you want free Parking then pack your bags and move to contra costa or Santa Clara county's where the car is king. But don't come to Berkeley and then complain because driving isn't convenient or affordable of course it's not the cities are too densely packed to accommodate a Ton of cars and this is berkeley. Best way to experience berkeley is to hop on the 51b, 7 or 18.
Joshua D. Wise January 08, 2013 at 04:37 AM
I do agree with all these other commenters that Berkeley is already the most expensive city to try to park in, even without the tickets. Emeryville, Albany, and even San Francisco offer far cheaper parking on the street (usually free) and in garages.

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