A resolution to end free curbside parking on the Upper West Side last year has been withdrawn, but the fight over curbside space rages on, and the next debate is set for Tuesday.
Community Board 7 will debate whether to call for a study of curbside space at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. The board’s transportation committee voted for the study in December in a heated meeting. Some opponents worried the city would come out with a biased study that would result in the loss of parking.
The Community Board meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd Street), but the parking debate will start at 7:45 p.m., according to a notice posted on the Community Board website that also includes the text of the resolution:
CB7 Full Board
February 4, 2020
Procedures for Transportation Resolution re Study of Curb Usage
A revised resolution from the Transportation Committee relating to a call for a study of curb usage will be presented at the CB7 Full Board meeting on Tuesday, February 4th, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.
Please note that Congregation Rodeph Sholom requires that CB7’s entire meeting be completed and all Board and Community members be out of the space by a set time. We must adhere to these limits.
Since this will be the second full Board meeting at which a version of a call for a study will have been presented, and there has been significant public comment at the December 2019 Full Board meeting as well as at the November and December 2019 Transportation Committee meetings, the following procedures will be employed at the February Full Board meeting concerning this resolution.
• The text of the proposed resolution will be available upon entering the meeting room.
• The Full Board will take up the Transportation resolution no earlier than 7:45 pm, so members of the public interested only in this resolution may plan ahead.
• To the extent feasible, priority will be given to those wishing to comment on the resolution who have not provided commentary or testimony at a previous meeting.
• A total of 50 minutes will be allotted for public comment.
• To the extent practicable, speakers “for” and “against” the resolution will be called in alternating sequence.
• Each speaker on this resolution will be limited to 1 minute of comments.
• No more than one community member may cede time to another speaker, and both speakers’ sign-in slips must be presented at the same time.
• At the end of the time allotted for public comment, any individuals who signed up to speak will have their names recognized and recorded in the minutes.
With thanks in advance for a productive discussion and meeting.
Transportation Committee, Meg Schmitt and Howard Yaruss, Co-Chairpersons
Re: Request to NYC DOT for Study on Curbside Usage.
Our community currently suffers from traffic congestion, rampant double parking particularly due to growing ecommerce deliveries, significant “cruising” for parking and a substantial number of injuries to street users.
Congestion pricing is scheduled to be implemented in approximately one year and community residents and business owners have expressed concern about the impact of this new policy.
How we use our curbside space has remained largely unchanged for many decades while our City has changed dramatically. This City owned land should be used for the greatest good for the greatest number of people, with a particular focus on the needs and concerns of the residents and businesses of our community.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Community Board 7/Manhattan requests that the City: (1) assess current policy regarding parking and curbside usage, (2) advise us as to whether there are policies that could provide greater benefit to the community, improve traffic flow and promote safer streets, including, but not limited to, paid residential parking permits, metering with surge capability and strategies learned from studying the practices of other major cities, and (3)conduct studies both before and after the implementation of congestion pricing to establish its effect on the community.