Community Board 10 members heard about a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Resolution that would require indoor, secure, long-term bicycle parking in new multi-family residential, community facility, and commercial buildings. He said the proposed text amendment would provide for bicycle parking and storage both at home and in the workplace, with standards that serve the needs of cyclists while providing flexibility to accommodate the needs of development.
According to the DCP representative, the purpose of the proposed residential bicycle parking requirement is to provide long-term and secure parking where the bicycle is stored most of the time. The proposed text would require one bicycle parking space per two residential units. This requirement would be waived for buildings with 10 or fewer units, and would be calculated separately for buildings with separate entrances, such as rowhouses on the same zoning lot.
The purpose of the proposed bicycle parking requirement for office and retail uses is to provide for the long-term parking needs of employees. The proposed text would require one bicycle parking space per 7,500 square feet of floor area for commercial offices, and one bicycle parking space per 10,000 square feet of floor area for retail and most other commercial uses.
Certain large entertainment facilities would be subject to a requirement of one bicycle parking space per 20,000 square feet of floor area. The requirement would be waived for buildings where three or fewer bicycle parking spaces would be required (less than 26,250 square feet of office use, less than 35,000 square feet of retail use, or less than 70,000 square feet of large entertainment facility).
The proposed bicycle parking requirement for community facilities addresses the long-term parking needs of employees and users with similar needs. For most community facilities, one bicycle parking space would be required per 10,000 square feet of floor area. The requirement would be waived for buildings where three or fewer bicycle parking spaces are required (less than 35,000 square feet of floor area).
According to the agency, by promoting secure, indoor bicycle parking facilities, the proposal seeks to support ridership throughout the city as well as encourage new people to start riding bicyclists. DCP added that the increase of cycling in the city would yield fitness and health benefits for riders, as well as the potential benefits of alleviating congestion, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) noted that bicycling is already on the rise: DOT’s annual bicycle counts into Manhattan indicate that cycling has grown by 116 percent between 2000 and 2008, including a 35 percent increase from 2007 to 2008. The proposed text amendment would support New Yorkers who require a secure place to store their bikes at home, seek to commute to work by bike, or those who want to use their bikes for short trips or recreation.