In a continued effort to get cars off the streets, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that New York City is dedicating hundreds of parking spaces to carshare programs Enterprise and Zipcar in 29 neighborhoods.
In exchange, the two companies will each pay $780 a year for each spot. That, the city estimates, more than pays for itself since each extra carshare vehicle takes 20 cars off the street.
Beginning Monday, the city will dedicate 285 parking spaces on streets in select neighborhoods as well as in municipal parking lots.
In addition, residents of public housing projects will have the ability to join these car sharing services for free. The membership fee will be waived, and they will get discount rates. IDNYC holders will get a one- year free membership with Zipcar.
Carsharing is a service that gives members access to a vehicle for short-term use — usually by the hour or minute — at a cost that includes gas and insurance. According to de Blasio, data shows that one carshare vehicle can be shared by up to 70 drivers, and that 5-20 private vehicles are sold, or never purchased, for every one carshare vehicle made available.
The neighborhoods which will get the carshare parking spots are in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan and include Williamsburg. The pilot program will be using 55 dedicated parking spaces at 17 municipal facilities, including on Avenue M in Flatbush and two lots in Bensonhurst.