As developers, we should think of buildings as a way to reflect the evolution of living in New York City. While I’m opposed to mandatory car parking in new developments—only 10-15% of tenants use parking in most neighborhoods—indoor bicycle parking, which is also a requirement in new developments, tends to be a real selling point for buyers. I’d like to see the auto space given over to cyclists as it’s more suitable to tenant’s desires, and allows landlords to give up fewer valuable square feet—as much as 5% of the development cost goes into building out parking.
Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Khan have been a blessing for bicyclists, making it safer for pedaling New Yorkers to commute as it decreases the speed of adjacent vehicular traffic. The health and environmental benefits have also made a distinctive impact on quality of life, and we no longer hear complaints from retail tenants who were concerned about diminished store traffic, do we? Hopefully, the new administration won’t roll back the hard work that it’s taken to establish the burgeoning culture many of us have come to enjoy.
To me, like many casual city cyclists, I eagerly await the Bike Share program. I’ve enjoyed the convenience of one-way trips on bike shares in Paris and London. The day we can do it in New York City, I plan to ride from my home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn to my office in Williamsburg, and take the L to my office in Gramercy Park. While I’m not ready to give up my car, I’ve enjoyed riding my children around the neighborhood, and now, I take great pride at watching them pedal through the park.