San Francisco might soon transform parking spaces on busy streets into designated pick-up and drop-off zones for Lyft and Uber drivers, a potential solution to the traffic woes brought on by ride-share operators saturating city streets.
The plan is still in the early phase, according to the San Francisco Examiner, who reports that the Mayor’s Office is considering one of eight potential sites in busy neighborhoods like Hayes Valley, SoMa, and the Marina for a pilot program that would dedicate curb space for ride-hailing driver use only.
What the city stands to make in return is potentially valuable traffic data, intel that both companies would share.
Says the San Francisco Examiner:
The city wants Uber and Lyft to provide data on the number of pickups and dropoffs at various intervals in the provided city curb spaces, data on the number and location of instances when ride-hail drivers slam their brakes while driving, raw GPS data of vehicle locations, vehicle collision data and wheelchair accessible trip data.
Lawmakers and regulators hope that by designating certain areas for ride-share use will result in fewer accidents and traffic violations.
The ride-hailing apps may even highlight designated zones and bar them from using proscribed curbs, something Supervisor Hillary Ronen pointed out earlier this month the apps already do to help drivers avoid construction zones.
If the experiment will only happen in one or two spots, where do San Franciscans think it might do the most good? Here are the blocks in consideration; let us know where (if anywhere) you might like to see this pilot lift off.
Where Should the City Launch Its Pilot Program?
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Clement Street, between 5th and 7th Avenue (Inner Richmond)
Howard Street, between Second and Fremont (SoMa)
Howard Street, between Third and Fourth (SoMa)
Hayes Street, between Laguna and Gough [Hayes Valley)
Irving Street, between Eighth and Tenth Avenue (Inner Sunset)
Chestnut Street, between Scott and Fillmore (Marina)
Bay Street, between Columbus and Powell (North Beach)
24th Street, between Church and Castro (Noe Valley)
Nowhere, forget the whole idea.