Below is a sign displayed in many neighborhood businesses right now.
It’s the latest attempt to restrict parking on Polk Street for bicycle lanes. The fine for those caught parking during the restricted hours would be $500 (!) The poster also asks the following questions:
I like the explanation a friend of mine had last year during the first attempt to restrict parking on Polk Street:
‘Do you really think the [san francisco] bike coalition has the money or the clout to ban parking on Polk Street? No way!’ she snorted. ‘They’re just pawns, a means to an end, which is to get rid of parking and drive a lot of local businesses under so high-end shops can move in instead.’
Considering the amount of money that has flooded into the City and and this part of town during the last two years, I can't discount that explanation.
But back to the mattter at hand. Perhaps some of the 'Why?' questions shown above will be addressed at the SFMTA Open House Meeting tonight. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at Tenderloin Elemantary School located at 627 Turk Street between Polk and Van Ness.