With new development, especially when taller buildings or new uses are being proposed, parking is often a point of contention. How many spaces are needed? How will future uses get to the building? What do the banks or future tenants require? Too much parking and you have wasted space and wasted cost, not to mention the impacts on urban design and sense of place. Too little parking, and you chase away customers or can’t sell units, and you make the neighbors unhappy.
But fear and rules of thumb, more than hard data, often drive this discussion. In an effort to change that, San Francisco has completed a survey of the public parking spaces in the city. And the data is available to download for general use.
The survey was conducted as part of the work of SFpark, a program to begin actively managing parking pricing to make public parking more-readily available and more-effectively utilized.
And what you really wanted to know – how many spaces are there in San Francisco?
The total number of spaces, as Mayor Gavin Newsom recently announced on his Youtube site, is 441,541. Of the total, over 280,000 are on-street spaces, 25,000 of which are metered. For just the on-street spaces, that is roughly the equivalent area of Golden Gate Park.
The non-metered on-street spaces were calculated with a survey sample of 20% of the city’s blocks. They are still working to count additional streets. Next up: a count of private garages. According to Matthew Roth at Streetsblog, some estimate as many as 800,000 parking spaces in total in SF when private spaces are added to the mix.
Streetsblog San Francisco » San Francisco First City in the Nation to Count Its Parking Spaces.
Census Takers Count Homeless / San Francisco’s Parking Census: KQED Radio News | KQED Public Media for Northern CA.