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Street sweeping no parking zones

Original post made by JL, Downtown North, on Jan 2, 2007

The street sweeping no parking zones are making me see red.

This has been brewing for some time but came to a boil this morning as I saw the mocking parking violation accenting my parked car on Everett Ave. Nevermind that it is a national day of observance for former President Gerald Ford and the first day after New Year's, factors that would contribute to folks sleeping and resting in, therefore having more cars parked on the streets but I suppose the city of PA needs to make a buck to start off the new year.

No, my main gripe with the street sweeping no parking zones is that it punishes energy conservation and clean air communters.

We all know how necessary it is to have a car in order to get around the Bay Area regardless of what transportation we take to work. As the Downtown North and other sections of PA are dense residential areas it is reasonable to surmise that there will be many cars parked on these streets. Yet we are forced to move our cars on the biweekly street sweeping days. This causes all sorts of havoc on our usual carpools, bus commutes, train commutes, and biking. We are forced to deal with our cars and must vary when we get into work, shuffle the car around to other streets, or nullifying our energy and clean air commuter status and benefits.

Or else pay a parking ticket because we want to decrease traffic congestion and be more energy and clean air friendly.

I would like to see the street sweeping no parking zones abolished due to the above reasons. There must certainly be ways in which the street sweeping public works team can use a combination of street sweepers and perhaps personnel-manned leafblowers (there should not be a ban on leafblowers in the first place) and other alternatives to do as good a job at street sweeping without requiring the movement of the cars.

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Posted by MP
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 2, 2007 at 3:33 pm

If you care so much about the environment, you should move your vehicle so debris and other particles wont get washed into the storm drains. These drains flow directly into the bay without treatment. It's suppowed to rain late tomorrow and early Thursday by the way.

I can't tell you how many times I'm also sick and tired of having my neighbors block the street sweepers. Apparently the single-house next door has been converted to some tenement with 8 residents each with their own cars. It's already January and by now all the leaves have fallen from the trees on my street, yet beneath 8 parked cars there remain scattered leaves rotting away in standing water.

Residents should be grateful for having the city provide a great service to keep streets clean. We're also lucky that our streets don't have an outrageous number of parking restrictions like San Francisco. I used to live there on a street with many restrictions...

No parking on every 2nd and 4th Thursday (Except Holidays)
Resident Parking Permits Only Mon-Sun 9am-8pm (costs more than $100!)
Commercial Vehicles Loading Zone Mon-Fri 8am-9am & 5pm-6pm
Remember to Curb Wheels (Violators subject to fine)
No Parking MUNI Bus loading zone Mon-Sat 7am-8pm

Maybe I have mistaken the times but you get the point.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 3, 2007 at 7:53 pm

Where do you think the leaves went before man came to the Bay Area?

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Posted by HS
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 4, 2007 at 9:36 am

Because no excuse prevents you to move your car whenever you need it yourself, not moving your car for the city street sweeper is a bad excuse...
Just accept the fact that the needs of other and more specifically of the city are as justified as yours! If you are concerned about pollution use your car one time less per week to make for it.
There are no restrictions in my Street (Edlee Ave) yet I move my car for the sweeper, except evidently when the sweeping schedule has been unexpectedly modified!

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