Car-Free Living

Car-Free Living at Parkmerced

The Car-Free Living Program is a first-of-its-kind partnership that encourages residents to use public transportation and ride share. By getting more people into fewer cars, we can provide a more affordable alternative to car ownership. It’s all part of our efforts to build the first, large-scale, sustainable community in San Francisco where going car-free is more than a possibility. 

New residents who participate in the Car-Free Living Program get a $100 monthly transportation credit per apartment to use with Clipper and Uber. Clipper offers BART, Muni, Caltrain and parking at SFO. Any resident can also catch a ride in an UberPool from Parkmerced to nearby public transit stations for a flat rate of $5.


When you participate in the Parkmerced Car-Free Living program, you’ll:

    • Reduce your dependence on cars

    • Make your commute easier and more affordable

    • Ease traffic congestion by taking cars off the street

    • Improve your carbon footprint

For more information on the Parkmerced Car-Free Living program, download these Fast Facts and/or check out the FAQs below. To access the Car-Free Living portal click here.

Car-Free Living Program FAQs

Q: Who can participate in the program?

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Q: Who can participate in the program?

A: Every new leaseholder is eligible to participate in the program.

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Q: Must I have an Uber account and Clipper card to join the Car-Free Living program?

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Q: Must I have an Uber account and Clipper card to join the Car-Free Living program?

A: You must have an Uber account to join the program. If you don’t currently have an Uber account, you can sign up here. If you don’t have a Clipper card, find out how to get one here. You will need your Uber user name/password, and, if you plan to use Clipper, your Clipper card number for enrollment.

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Q: Can I divide the $100 between my roommates and me?

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Q: Can I divide the $100 between my roommates and me?

A: Yes. The $100 allocation will be evenly distributed between all roommates. Once participants enter into the Car-Free Living Portal, they can transfer any amount of their portion on to another roommate.

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Q: Can I use my entire monthly Uber credit in one ride?

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Q: Can I use my entire monthly Uber credit in one ride?

A: Your Uber allotment will be made in $10 increments and will be good for up to $5 per ride. For example, if your UberPool trip costs $8.50, you’ll only pay $3.50 for that trip.

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Q: Does the credit automatically reload every month?

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Q: Does the credit automatically reload every month?

A: Yes. Each month your Uber promo code(s) and/or Clipper credit will be automatically reloaded to your account.

 

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Q: What happens if I don’t use the entire Uber or Clipper monthly allocation? Does it roll over?

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Q: What happens if I don’t use the entire Uber or Clipper monthly allocation? Does it roll over?

A: The Uber allocation is only good for the current month. If the entire allotment isn’t utilized during that monthly timeframe, it will be forfeited and you will receive your new promo code(s) for the following month. Clipper card allotments will roll over if not completely utilized within the monthly timeframe.

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Q: If I have a car, can I still participate in the program?

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Q: If I have a car, can I still participate in the program?

A: Yes.

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Q: How can I allocate the $100?

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Q: How can I allocate the $100?

A: You must allocate at least $30 to Uber per apartment, and Uber needs to be allocated in $10 increments. Otherwise, you can allocate the funds any way you want.

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Q: If I transfer a part of my allocation to one of my roommates, can I take it back?

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Q: If I transfer a part of my allocation to one of my roommates, can I take it back?

A: No, once you have given a portion to one of your roommates, the only way to get that allocation back is for your roommate to transfer it back to you.

 

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Q: When and how frequently can I change my contribution allocation?

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Q: When and how frequently can I change my contribution allocation?

A: Within the Car-Free Living Portal, your initial allocation will become your default unless you opt to change it, which you can do at any time. If you change your allocation, you must make the change by the 26th of the month, and the change won’t go into effect until the next month.



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Q: What happens if I lose my Clipper card?

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Q: What happens if I lose my Clipper card?

A: We recommend that residents register their Clipper card online. This way, if a card is lost or stolen it can be reported instantly and the cash value on the card will be retained.

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Q: When do I need to make my allocations?

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Q: When do I need to make my allocations?

A: You must set your Uber & Clipper allocations by the 26th of each month. You will then receive credits on the first day of the following month for Uber and by the 10th day of the following month for Clipper.

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Other ways to go car-free

  • Zipcar

    Zipcar is a car-sharing company that provides short-term car rentals. There are five Zipcars at Parkmerced.

  • Getaround

    Getaround is an online car-sharing platform that enables people to rent cars from people nearby.

  • Flywheel

    Flywheel provides a convenient way to hail, track ETA and pay for cab rides, all from your phone.

  • Clipper

    Clipper is the all-in-one transit card for the Bay Area, providing access to all major Bay Area transit systems.

Get around by bike or foot

San Francisco is the second most walkable large city in the US and despite the hills, it’s very bikeable. To keep your bicycles safe, we have five bike racks in the Higuera garage and bike rooms in every tower. 

For bicycling routes, safety tips, theft prevention guides and more, click here. To help plan trips, check out this bike map and walking guide from the SFMTA