Dyer Ave. & W35th St. Parking

Update: A resolution was approved for creating motorcycle-only parking on the West Side!

Community Board Meeting

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

6:30 p.m.

Community Board 4
Transportation Planning Committee
Geffner House Piano Room
351 W. 42nd Street, Manhattan

 As promised, the New York Motorcycle & Scooter Task Force has gotten the Dyer Ave. Triangle / Midtown West parking situation on the agenda for CB4. Show up and help change motorcycle parking in your community!

Did you receive this notice taped to your motorcycle on Monday 4/22/13?

checkpeds parking flyer

However, the two areas suggested (520 9th ave and 462 9th ave) are NOT legal parking for motorcycles.

These two areas are insufficient in size to accommodate the number of vehicles which routinely park at the Dyer Ave. triangle.

We fear that loss of this sanctioned motorcycle parking zone on Dyer will lead to a switch to more automobiles, or to parking their two-wheelers on sidewalks, as they try to avoid being knocked over by cars.
In September, 2010, Manhattan Community Board 4 (CB4, which represents this area) resolved for end-of-block motorcycle-only parking at three locations, to resolve the problem of two-wheelers getting knocked over, and to create “daylighting” visibility for pedestrians and cyclists. Unfortunately DOT refused to implement these spots.

Our suggestion is that the following action be requested by CB4 resolution and promptly implemented by DOT:

  1. Change in parking regulation for the two identified zones (520 9th Ave. and 462 9th Ave), to clearly posted “Motorcycle Parking Only” signage.
  2. Further request to DOT to implement the zones approved by CB4 in this letter: 24 Trans Letter to DOT re Motorcycle Parking
  3. Identification of additional zones in the vicinity of Dyer ave triangle, sufficient to accommodate about 15 additional vehicles (approximately 60 feet of curb space).

For years, motorcyclists have parked on this barrier as a way to get to jobs, restaurants, and shopping in Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea. They are residents, employees, and customers of this community and merely seek a 36-inch spot to park their bikes as an alternative to increasing public transit costs or automobile use. Those motorcycles you see get upwards of 45mpg, scooters 80mpg or more.

Riders: Take action TODAY to preserve your ability to park your fuel-efficient, congestion-reducing vehicle where you live, work & shop.

Join the New York Motorcycle & Scooter Task Force: the only voice for riders in New York City working for safety, parking, outreach, and rights. We want to help you speak to the community to save your parking.

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We’re in touch with Community Board 4 and if you join our mailing list, we can give you a date and time to show up and express your concerns to the community. We are the only group who have restored motorcycle- and scooter-only parking to NYC and we need the help of local riders to get it done in their neighborhoods. Join us!