Should you care if you are not in San Francisco? Yes! That motorists searching for parking can add to greatly congestion is a very widely used argument for improved on-street parking management, especially performance pricing.
To be precise, the Examiner article questions “the statistic that 30 percent of all congestion in the City is caused by frustrated drivers circling the block for that elusive parking space.”
Err. Thirty percent of traffic is not the same as thirty percent of congestion.
But, either way, does the SF Examiner article have a good point? Is this a gotcha moment for that 30% thing?
Wait a minute! Let’s take a step back first.
My first reaction upon skimming the article was to say the article is holding up a straw man to easily knock him down.
Is anyone really claiming 30% of urban congestion (or traffic) is cruising for parking?
Not me. Not Donald Shoup.