You have to watch out for cars, buses, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, pedestrians and every other living thing that is occupying what little space we have left.
We need more space on the roadways, and the only way you get that is to cut down on car traffic.
Traffic management fees would clearly have an impact on the number of cars on the road. There are proposals out there, but they inevitably run into one big problem: Drivers hate the idea.
No surprise there. Most people don’t like taxes either, but they pay for things that society needs. And if there’s one thing downtown San Francisco needs, it’s breathing room.
And while I’m at it: The busy intersections should have the same stoplight programs that are being used on Stockton Street in Chinatown and Montgomery Street in the Financial District — in other words, pedestrians and cars do not use the intersection at the same time, so you don’t have cars trying to turn onto streets while people are crossing.
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