Tuesday, February 27, 2007

"Cruising" Study Finds Park Slope Parking Hell

Looking for a parking space in Park Slope? Tough luck. According to a new study, more than half of the traffic in Park Slope is "just cruising for a parking spot." That interesting finding is in a report called "No Vacancy: Park Slope's Parking Problem and How to Fix It" conducted by Transportation Alternatives. The report says that curbside parking spaces on 7th Avenue are filled to capacity.

Among the findings:
  • On average, 94% of the area's metered parking spaces are occupied, with nearly 100% of spaces occupied at peak periods. Occupancy rates at non-metered spaces average 95%.
  • Nearly one in every six vehicles parked along 7th Avenue is illegally parked.
  • Nearly 2/3 of local traffic is circling the block cruising for parking.
Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives says that "Brooklynites are suffering from needless traffic and dangerous illegal parking that could be easily eliminated through inexpensive improvements like market-priced Muni-Meters and residential parking permits."

The study is the first of "cruising" in Brooklyn, and the third done in New York City overall, according to the group. It concludes that "market rate pricing" on commercial corridors like Seventh Avenue and resident parking permits could cut traffic in Park Slope by up to 45 percent. The group argues that making on-street parking closer in price to private garages would free up more parking spaces and reduce traffic.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Bob said...

Sorry, but can someone please explain to me why you need a car in Park Slope? What, the F, B, N, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, B63, B69, B71, B75, and B77 aren't enough for you? Park Slope, and New York as a whole, needs to start taxing the hell out of cars. Very expensive meters, permits, and tolls have proven in other cities to significantly reduce congestion.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Sorry, but can someone please explain to me why you need a car in Park Slope? What, the F, B, N, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, B63, B69, B71, B75, and B77 aren't enough for you? Park Slope, and New York as a whole, needs to start taxing the hell out of cars. Very expensive meters, permits, and tolls have proven in other cities to significantly reduce congestion.

9:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I own a car because I have need to travel to places beyond the city, but I agree that we need muni meters, resident parking permits and tolls on the East River bridges to ease congestion.
Maybe with permits we'd all have a fair shake at on street parking.

p.s.you forgot the Q and D

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And M, for rush hour.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Fair enough. It's the people who buy a car so that they can drive to Fairway or the Hamptons that bug me. But obviously, some people who live in the city are in need of a vehicle.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at a subway map and you will see that there are vast swathes of Brooklyn where there is no nearby subway (what used to be known as two-fare zones, before Metrocards and free transfers between bus and train). Also, traveling on the subway on the weekend in the "outer" boroughs is a dismal thing -- half the trains don't run on the weekends.

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I live in one of those "vast swathes." I take the bus to get to trains (which are usually running on the weekends).

3:50 PM  

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