Study: City-Mandated Parking Will Add One Billion More Miles of Driving a Year
Groups urge Mayor to cut new parking requirements before NYC becomes suburbia
Lindsey Lusher (917) 318-1488
What: Press Conference and Executive Summary
Today, leading transportation, planning and environmental groups will call on Mayor Bloomberg to change City policy that requires developers to build off-street parking with new residential buildings. This parking is required by City zoning rules, regardless of the building's proximity to transit or anticipated parking demand. The groups will release a study, Suburbanizing the City, which finds that City parking requirements will put 170,000 new cars on city streets by 2030. With little foresight, the City's zoning is transforming transit-centered neighborhoods into car-dependent ones and undermining city-wide traffic reduction goals. The report finds:
"One of the unique aspects of New York City is that you don't need to own a car, but City policy is telling thousands of New Yorkers otherwise," says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "Unless these policies change, the resulting traffic will completely erase the City's positive efforts to reduce congestion." In addition to the study, the groups will release a letter calling on Mayor Bloomberg to substantially reduce the amount off-street parking being built and planned in the five boroughs. The letter from the groups recommends an environmentally sustainable parking policy which requires the City to:
The full study and letter to the mayor are available at transalt.org/files/newsroom/reports/suburbanizing_the_city.pdf.
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