New Sunset Park Housing Development To Include Modern Bike Parking For Delivery Workers


New housing developments are sometimes required to supply parking for vehicles onsite so as to achieve metropolis approval, however a brand new 14-story constructing deliberate for Sundown Park, Brooklyn features a distinctive provision: a safe bike parking storage that reserves area for supply staff within the neighborhood.

If profitable, organizers of the undertaking hope bike parking for the general public will probably be a part of future massive developments within the metropolis, which has a scarcity of motorcycle parking spots. The present tally of 56,000 spots citywide isn’t practically sufficient to fulfill the rising inhabitants of cyclists, though the town has a aim to put in 10,000 new bike racks this 12 months.

On the identical time, supply staff face an ongoing risk of motorcycle thefts. Not too long ago, one employee was killed when he refused to surrender his e-bike.

In line with renderings, the bike parking location wouldn’t be a dingy nook in a basement, however a vivid, above-ground area with digital shows which have subway details about the R practice, which will probably be accessible from the brand new improvement as nicely. It will have room for a minimum of 100 bikes. About 33 p.c of the area could be reserved for working cyclists within the neighborhood to make use of totally free.

A rendering of a secure bike parking area coming to a new residential development in Sunset Park.


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The brand new improvement lately authorized by the town, often known as 737 4th Avenue, consists of 100 models, 40 of which might be designated for residents of the neighborhood incomes between $20,000 to $60,000. There’s additionally designated area on the bottom ground for industrial tenants.

The bike parking system on the positioning will probably be supplied by the corporate Oonee, which has arrange safe bike parking pods in Journal Sq. and Atlantic Terminal. One other location had been deliberate for South Avenue Seaport earlier than the town cancelled this system.

Many supply staff stay in Sundown Park, and leaving an e-bike both outdoors or in a single day will be dangerous. E-bikes usually price greater than $2,000, are paid for by the employees, and take away their skill to work in the event that they’re stolen.

“For some, it is a matter of life or demise. For some it is a matter of ‘Can I feed my household? Can I ship a reimbursement dwelling?’” mentioned Shabazz Stuart, founder and CEO of Oonee. “That is going to be a facility that enables individuals to safeguard their livelihoods.”

Nonetheless a far cry from the Dutch indoor bike parking garages, which have area for 1000’s of bikes, the builders of the Sundown Park constructing, Totem, hope this mannequin will probably be a requirement for future massive developments, particularly in neighborhoods the place e-bike supply staff stay.

Glendy Tsitouras, an organizer with Los Deliveristas Unidos, mentioned it’s an intriguing concept, however that supply staff want safe locations to go away their bikes everywhere in the 5 boroughs.

“It could possibly be good if that is in the complete metropolis, each condo, each constructing ought to have a safe place the place staff can park bikes with out being concerned that they’re going to lose the bike,” she mentioned.

Tsitouras added that one low-tech factor everybody can do to make sure staff aren’t victims of motorcycle theft is to fulfill them downstairs, somewhat than having them convey meals on to individuals’s doorways.

Metropolis Council Member Carlos Menchaca represents the district the place 737 4th Avenue is positioned and authorized the undertaking. In a letter of help he known as it “not excellent,” however mentioned the planning was “probably the most democratic and participatory discussion board we have now within the neighborhood.”

“It is not going to, as an example, construct 100% inexpensive models, which I consider we have to construct in our Metropolis. However it does symbolize the clearest instance but of the one factor that may break and reverse the cycle of displacement and gentrification plaguing our Metropolis: community-driven and accountable improvement,” Menchaca wrote.

He mentioned that after a 12 months of deliverers enduring the pandemic as important staff, this undertaking did land at “the appropriate place, on the proper time” and he hopes different districts will begin to require safe bike parking in future developments.

“I actually do see this mannequin increasing to different districts as they suppose by means of their ULURP (Uniform Land Use Evaluation Process) utility and conversations with different builders,” Menchaca mentioned. “So whether or not it’s Oonee or one other firm that may are available in and do that, it turns into an ordinary.”

The brand new bike parking received’t be obtainable till a minimum of late 2023. Building is anticipated to start on 737 4th Avenue in 2022 and take as much as 30 months to finish.