Lander Seeks Feedback On Locations For Carshare Pilot

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Via NYC DOT

PARK SLOPE/CARROLL GARDENS/COBBLE HILL – Council Member Brad Lander is asking for the community’s feedback regarding the anticipated locations in his district for the NYC Department of Transportation’s (DOT) two-year pilot carshare program.

Last summer, DOT announced that the citywide pilot program would dedicate approximately 300 street parking spaces and 300 parking spaces in municipal parking facilities exclusively to participating carshare companies in select neighborhoods.

Via NYC DOT

The on-street portion of the NYC DOT Carshare Pilot will take place in 15 select neighborhoods citywide, including the following neighborhoods in Brooklyn: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, East Williamsburg, Park Slope, Red Hook, and Williamsburg.

DOT created an online portal last spring in which users could enter the neighborhoods where they wanted carshare parking zones.

Council Member Lander sent out an email on Wednesday containing maps of the anticipated locations in his district (District 39) including Park Slope and Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill. He instructs community members with any comments or concerns about the locations to complete an online form which his office will forward to DOT.

DOT is designating 15 sites/30 spaces in Park Slope and 15 sites/30 spaces in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, his message adds. For maps showing potential carshare locations in the other Brooklyn neighborhoods, click here.

The following areas in Brooklyn are included in the off-street portion of the pilot program: Avenue M, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Flatbush/Caton, Gowanus, Grant Avenue, and Sheepshead Bay. The off-street portion of the NYC DOT Carshare Pilot involves making 10% or up to ten spaces (whichever is less) of parking spaces in all municipal parking facilities available to carshare companies, where there is demand.

Carsharing provides members access to a car for short-term use, either round-trip service in which members pick up and return vehicles at the same location (like Zipcar and Enterprise Carshare), or one-way service in which members pick up a car at one location and drop it off at another (like Car2Go and ReachNow).

The carshare program would potentially lower household transportation costs, improve access for shopping and infrequent car trips, and reduce congestion. The program might even convince some New Yorkers to do away with their cars altogether, which has occurred in other cities with carshare programs. Over time, this could create fewer cars competing for on-street parking, Lander says.

Anyone with comments or questions about the carshare locations in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill can complete Lander’s online form or attend the next CB6 Transportation and Public Safety Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 18 at 6:30pm at the Cobble Hill Community Meeting Room, 250 Baltic Street (between Court & Clinton Streets).

Learn more about the NYC DOT carshare pilot program here.

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  1. This is a terrible idea. We need street parking for temporary car usage. If we wanted occasional car usage we would use Zipcar. For longer term parking needs, we use a monthly garage. The street parking spots are needed to load and unload groceries and medical supplies for the household including medical supplies for disabled and elderly in the family. MTA and bus services are terrible and getting worse in the city, so only cars are reliable as public transportation does not reach every part of the neighborhood. Try using the Boston neighborhood parking approach where street parking is restricted to residents on a given street, NOT outsiders or people from Long Island who park their cars all day on our street and take the subway to work in Manhattan!

  2. Among other topics, the CB2 transportation committee will review the sites selected by DOT for carshare parking in Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill at its next meeting, scheduled for the same night as the CB6 meeting; 6:00 pm, Thursday, January 18, Long Island University, Flatbush and DeKalb avenues. The committee agenda, including maps of the parking spots in both neighborhoods, is available online: https://madmimi.com/p/cd218b The transportation committee agenda is below the agenda for the Land Use Committee.

  3. This is a bad project. Parking spots are already very hard to come by in “no-Park Slope.” I regularly spend upwards of 45 minutes finding an appropriate, legal parking spot within a 5 block radius of my home.

    A 2007 study by Transportation Alternatives found that 45% of total traffic on 7th Avenue is generated by people searching for a parking space, and that among all Park Slope-bound traffic, on average 64% of vehicles are cruising for parking. [www.transalt.org/sites/default/files/news/reports/2007/novacancy.pdf].

    Taking away legal spaces will make it even more difficult for vehicle owners to park their cars – without doing anything to decrease the number of cars on the road.

  4. Joe Blow, public transit may be going through its issues but driving is not more reliable than the bus or train. These systems efficiently take thousands of people into town and to jobs while driving (mostly solo drivers, not carpoolers) contribute to massive congestion issues and lead to terrible city smog. Do you really think if everyone just drives a car that the traffic issue will be magically fixed? Induced demand proves that building more highways & road infrastructure and allowing more cars just creates way more congestion issues. One effective way to lower parking & traffic issues (while still designating loading & unloading zones) is by adopting carsharing programs to help people offset solo driving (and unused parked cars) for shared vehicles.

  5. This really is not a well thought out idea. Putting car share on the corners of 2nd Place on Court, Clinton and Henry Streets will adversely affect parking for this already overburdened area of Carroll Gardens. Resident can hardly park because the teachers require street parking. This takes spots from the teachers and the residents.
    Mass transit is the only way to go in the city. However, not considering our older community (some who cannot use mass transit) and rely on their own vehicles will also be affected. The heavy traffic in the area is from the TLC cars. They are always ready and available for use. This is just a silly and not well thought out idea. The community is not interested in this and the community should be the first consideration.

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