San Francisco — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the city, today announced the completion of 15 new on-street bicycle parking corrals in 2011, bringing the citywide total to 24. With the 15 new corrals, the SFMTA also rolled out a new, more attractive standard bike rack with a circular profile, which will be used in place of the previous standard inverted U rack. Read More
Our friends over at GovFresh are talking about Google Apps for Government. The City of Pittsburgh started off the New Year with a big change. Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that starting this week the city’s government had moved to Google Apps for Government. The move by 3,000 city employees will save the city 25 percent in annual email costs. Read More
A new hyper local app is hoping to make crowdfunding more of a neighborhood event. Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter have recently come into the mainstream even receiving shout outs from President Obama. Lucky Ant has entered the crowdfunding arena focused on helping out local neighborhood merchants. Read More
Navigating San Francisco streets can be tricky, if not downright dangerous. We’ve all seen instances of double-parked cars blocking traffic lanes and slowing down Muni, poorly designed intersections and cars dooring bikes.
Now SF Streetsblog is soliciting your photos of all this chaos and dysfunction. They will use these images and eyewitness accounts to paint a clearer picture of needed infrastructure reforms and policy changes in San Francisco. Read More
We are big advocates and frequent users of parklets in San Francisco. Few things are better than enjoying delicious food and reading outside on a nice day in the city.
Yet some have argued that the parking spot takeover hurts nearby businesses. But now a new study says the delightful new parklets can actually keep local cash registers ringing. Read More
By: Ben Sann, BestParking.com
Finding an on-street parking space in San Francisco can be a challenge, even with the help of SFpark. If you’re staying for a prolonged period, you need to worry about re-feeding the meter and moving your vehicle to comply with street sweeping regulations. Luckily, there are 322 off-street commercial parking facilities in the city. Although many facilities charge an arm and a leg for parking, there are numerous needles in the haystack with great deals. Read More
Each year New York City accumulates $52 million of unused MetroCard fees. That’s $52 million riders have given the MTA that essential goes unused. The flimsy plastic MetroCards are often trashed or forgotten when their balance runs below the value of a ride.
Now a new project is seeking to ensure that these fees do not go to waste. The proposed MetroChange program would allow subway riders to donate spare change and balances on MetroCards to nonprofits.
We’ve written before about the power of the Open Education Resource movement — from Internet platforms like Kahn Academy, which provide educational content and services, to using Twitter in the classroom, and the overall general rise of the Internet’s role in how we learn. These are crucial aspects in making education accessible. Read More
Muni has the distinction of being one of the slowest transit systems in the nation, with an average speed of only eight miles an hour. One of the biggest contributing factors to Muni’s slow pace is its number and frequency of stops. Studies show that the boarding process accounts for 25 percent of delays on Muni.
There are 3,500 Muni rail and bus stops in San Francisco. Read More
This week marked the first time California companies could register as a benefit corporation. A dozen CEOs lined up at the California Secretary of State’s Office to become a benefit corporation.
California is the seventh state in the nation to give companies the ability to register as a benefit corporation. Ventura based Patagonia was one of the first companies in California to sign up. Read More