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Yesterday, the Department of City Planning proposed a new zoning text amendment that will require indoor, secure, long-term bicycle parking in new multi-family residential, commercial, and community facility construction.

With commuter cycling on the rise in the City, this new amendment seeks to support current riders and encourage new ones, while decreasing congestion and air pollution. The DCP website outlines the details, including the fact that these bike parking areas would not count toward a building’s floor area.

ULURP for this proposal will begin with review by all community boards starting November 17.

Photo of indoor bike parking at a Portland, Oregon office building by Mark Stosberg on Flickr.

Something we missed while on vacation last week: Transportation Alternatives issued a report titled Suburbanizing the City: How New York City Parking Requirements Lead to More Driving (PDF). According to this document, New York City zoning regulations mandating parking at new residential developments will increase auto ownership rates and add over 1 billion annual vehicle miles traveled (VMT) by 2030.

To accompany the report, a coalition of local civic organizations, including Task Force member groups the Municipal Art Society, the Pratt Center for Community Development, and the Regional Plan Association, among others, sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg urging the administration to undertake the following reforms:

1. Fully assess the amount of existing and planned off-street parking.
2. Consider measures to significantly reduce required parking.
3. Revise environmental laws so that parking impacts are fully accounted for.
4. Freeze special permits and stop directly subsidizing new parking.

We recommend checking out the report, as well as Streetsblog’s ongoing analysis: (The Parking Cure, Step 1: Diagnose the Problem; and The Parking Cure, Part 2: Do the Right Tests).

Last week, DOT announced the second round of public workshops in neighborhoods across the city to address community concerns about the possible impact of congestion pricing on neighborhood parking. 

This is the second round of workshops in selected “study areas.”  According to DOT,  the first round of workshops, held in November 2007, looked at parking conditions and needs, and began a dialogue on potential parking management strategies. The second set of workshops will discuss possible parking management strategies, such as instituting residential parking permit programs, expanding the use of Muni-Meters, making changes to on-street parking fees, and using technology to track parking usage in the study neighborhoods and other border-zone neighborhoods.

The upcoming meeting schedule for the Upper East Side, Harlem, Long Island City, Forest Hills and Park Slope after the jump.

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