By Phil Matier

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— You may think it’s hard to find a parking space in San Francisco now, but just wait. The city is scheduled to remove almost 1,600 parking spaces over the next few years.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier, reporting in Sunday’s Matier and Ross column says the city is renovating streets to make them friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians, and to add parklets.

Right now, the city has 280,000 on-street parking spots and there are hundreds of thousands more inside garages, but there are a whopping 500,000 cars traveling within San Francisco each day.

The reasons for disappearing spots are varied throughout the city from a new Bus Rapid Transit project on Van Ness, to 24 more little mini parks scheduled to be put in- mostly outside restaurants.