Letter of Support for Bicycle Parking Zoning Text Amendments
The Metro Chapter of the American Planning Association commends the Department of City Planning (DCP) for its effort to encourage cycling as a travel mode by amending the zoning text to require bicycle parking in new buildings and other specified developments. This proposal would add an important link in the overall bicycling network of New York City, which has been recently expanded with the development of bike lanes and on-street bike racks by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The addition of off-street bicycle parking requirements will help eliminate one barrier to increased cycling and enable greater modal choice, with the hope that parking availability will induce more widespread cycling. We support increased cycling as a form of sustainable transportation with tremendous health benefits that can help reduce traffic and transit congestion.