New Yorkers don’t drive; only 2 in 10 New Yorkers even own car. In fact, car ownership rates in New York City are the lowest in the United States, and lower than many European cities like Copenhagen and Paris where pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders are the priority and treated like royalty.
But here in New York, the supermajority of non-drivers don’t have it nearly so good, having to contend with narrow sidewalks, short walk signals, car-oriented streets hostile to walking and bicycling, and dismally slow buses. What gives?
Says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives:
“What good is one MetroCard Mayor when we have tens of thousands of motoring municipals? The people who set our city’s priorities should get from A to B like the rest of us.”
White adds that it is the availability of guaranteed free parking that provides the special incentive for government employees to drive.
Specifically, the study shows that:
33% of government workers commute by auto
16% of all workers commute by auto
13% of finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) workers drive to work
11% of workers in professional and management services industries drive to work
If government workers commuted by car at the same rate as FIRE and professional workers, there would be 14,000 fewer cars coming into the Manhattan Central Business District each day. Collecting metered parking rates on the parking spaces currently used by these cars would generate over $33 million annually in revenues to the City.
Transportation Alternatives 127 West 26th Street, Suite 1002
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212-629-8080 Fax: 212-629-8334