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Accessible Parking Policy

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The Accessible Parking Policy Advisory Committee reviewed and made 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. 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 was important to gather stakeholders to assess accessible parking policies and consider solutions.

Committee summary

  • Purpose: Review and make recommendations regarding on-street accessible parking policies, including those governing disabled placards and blue zones.
  • Resources: All relevant resources are available on the accessible parking resources page.
  • Full advisory committee: Members include a variety of perspectives, with a majority representing people with disabilities. Meets monthly from October 2012 through March 2013.
  • Subcommittee: Small group of members that explores issues in greater detail and sets the agenda for subsequent committee meetings. Meets once a month between full group meetings.
  • Co-chairs: Carla Johnson, Interim Director, Mayor’s Office on Disability; and Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation, SFMTA
  • Facilitators: Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
  • Staff: Staff from various City Departments, including the SFMTA, were available as resources

Public comment

Meetings were open to the public, with public comment at the end of each meeting. People could also send comments to accessibleparking@SFMTA.com or call 415/701-5380. This committee was considered a “passive meeting body” per the Sunshine Ordinance section 67.4.

The meeting locations were accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. Assistive listening devices, materials in alternative formats, American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations were available upon request.