New York City is expanding access to car-sharing companies in the midst of a growing movement across the country among millennials and others to move away from car ownership, protect the environment and congestion to reduce.
On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will provide 309 parking spaces for car-sharing programs.
The city's Department of Transportation will provide 285 parking spaces via a DOT NYC car-share pilot for Zipcar and Enterprise Carshare vehicles on streets in select neighborhoods and DOT urban car parks. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) will establish a new partnership with Zipcar and reserve 24 parking spaces in designated public housing.
Curbside Regulations, which list the exact locations of the NYC DOT Carsharing Biennial Pilots, are now available in the Bronx, Brooklyn neighborhoods Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…=view&id=167 , Queens and Manhattan Selected as part of a Community Consultant Process
Starting on Monday, companies can rent CarShare and Zipcar at the designated locations.
De Blasio said that in addition to tackling congestion and protecting the environment, the city must ensure that New Yorkers have more opportunities to travel in the city, such as Citi Bike and the New York City Ferry.
"There are so many New Yorkers there was a tremendous amount of frustration when it came to owning a car, and I experienced it myself, and I talked to countless neighbors, but also to people all over the city "he told reporters on Thursday morning in Morningside Heights. "Having a car in this city presents a whole host of challenges – obviously the cost of insurance, tank repairs, but most of all the challenge of parking in New York City – there are just too many cars here."
And he said that people "only sometimes really need a car."
"Let's just make it easier for them to get the car when they need it and not pay for all these other costs all year round for something that they do not often need, and certainly to get cars off the streets, from parking lots, "de Blasio continued. "There are many people who have a car in a parking lot all week and use it only on weekends."
To rent the vehicles, the cost starts at $ 8 an hour and rises to $ 69 a day, said Blasio. Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar each pay $ 780 per year for on-street parking and the regular spot charge for urban land.
The two companies said they would provide discounts to the NYCHA residents and individuals, the IDNYC, the city discovery map.
De Blasio said that whenever he and First Lady Chirlane McCray had to go anywhere with their daughter Chiara, in their early years of parenting, a car service cost $ 8 for only 10
"This is a very affordable one Service for many New Yorkers, "added the mayor.
DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said that the pilot may serve neighborhoods where people do not commute with their cars every day, but only occasionally on weekends and neighborhoods that are starved of transit.
"They are a group that could potentially benefit enormously only from Zipcar and then in other neighborhoods – like the Rockaways – where there are fewer transit options," said Trottenberg. "People may not want to have the cost of owning a car, but they must have access to one from time to time."
An auto-share vehicle can be shared by up to 70 people, and a study evaluating similar programs in other cities across the country shows that five to 20 private vehicles are sold or never bought for each available car-sharing vehicle says de Blasio. For New York, this means fewer cars compete for roadside parking and mobility increases for households that do not have their own car.
Nationwide, 1.4 million people use car sharing services. Zipcar currently has more than 2,500 cars at 447 locations in the five districts, while Enterprise CarShare has more than 320 cars at 110 locations.
Research has shown that car sharing lowers the cost of household transportation by offering a car without charge at car ownership, according to the De Blasio administration. A family that uses their car only a few times a month can save thousands of dollars a year in costs.
Carsharing also helps to facilitate the search for parking spaces by having car sharers always a reserved space smaller number of drivers fighting for limited confinement spaces, the administration said. And it helps to improve access to jobs, services and recreation.
There are also environmental benefits – improving air quality. Research shows that in some areas of the city almost half of the drivers are looking for parking spaces at all times.
Manhattan Mayor Mark Levine calls on the DOT to set up a pilot program for car-sharing organizations with their own parking bays recently passed, saying that millennials in his district are not interested in owning cars.
"I've heard from the young people in my district and beyond for years that if they had three things, they do not want a car," Levine said. "They want a commuter transport that works, they want Citi Bike in their neighborhood and they want a light [way] to get a car share [service]."
The NYC DOT Carshare Pilot Will Bring Carshare Service 230 Street Parking in 14 Downtown Districts
These areas include the Parkchester section of the Bronx; the Queens neighborhood of Eastern Rockaways, Jackson Heights and Jamaica; and the Manhattan districts of East Harlem, Hamilton Heights and Morningside Heights. The other areas include the Brooklyn neighborhood Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill Carroll Gardens, East Williamsburg, Park Slope, Red Hook and Williamsburg.
The pilot will also introduce Carshare service with 55 reserved parking spaces at 17 DOT urban facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.