Last Updated on August 30, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
What are loading zone nightmares?
The NYC Department of Transportation (“DOT”) needs your help identifying parking areas where trucks and delivery vehicles create loading zone nightmares by blockading your parking spaces.
“We want New Yorkers to help us pin down double parking and blocked bus and bike lanes across our city,” said NYC DOT Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. “Our new web platform will empower New Yorkers to join the conversation about where problems exist and where we can build new loading zones across the five boroughs.”
Why does the DOT need our help ending loading zone nightmares?
Local Law 168 of 2021 requires NYC DOT to consider local input from community boards, elected officials, and the general public when locating new loading zones. This portal will provide an additional avenue for gathering direct public feedback.
Nope, There’s more:
“The platform lets users place a pin on a map to identify loading zone nightmare problem areas and to add comments. Users can report areas that commonly involve the loading and unloading of passengers and goods. NYC DOT will use this information, along with other data and considerations, to determine where additional loading zones should be located citywide. As of March 2023, NYC DOT has installed over 2,000 loading zones since December 24, 2021, and will add at least 500 new loading zones per year in 2023 and 2024 on a rolling basis.
The launch of this new web platform follows NYC DOT’s recent announcement that it will begin a local delivery hub pilot program this summer to reduce the negative environmental and safety effects of truck deliveries.
The local delivery hubs, known as microhubs, will provide designated curbside or off-street locations for delivery trucks to unload items onto smaller, lower-emissions vehicles or human-powered modes of transportation like cargo bikes and hand carts for the final leg of deliveries. NYC DOT will launch up to 20 local delivery hub sites as part of the pilot program.”
O.K., you have my attention.
How to use the map
Step-by-step instructions about how to share your comments and send a “PIN” to the DOT about those frustrating loading zone nightmares.
ABC News Report
Read more about the project.
If you experience one of those unexpected loading zone nightmares, do something about it by sending a “PIN” to the Department of Transportation. Likewise, I am optimistic that your input will be helpful in solving this type of parking challenge.
Meanwhile, here’s my story. I was legally parked in downtown Seattle, waiting for my wife to finish an errand in a nearby store. Suddenly, I was awakened from my reverie by a large box truck pulling alongside my car. The driver stopped the truck, totally blocking my escape, and started to unload. Shortly after, two other trucks double-parked in front of the first truck blocking 5 other cars parked at the curb.
This was an offensive line Giant fans would be proud of.
Fortunately, the offending truck blocking my car finished its delivery before my wife returned. I immediately vacated the parking space and started circling the block while my wife finished shopping.
Sadly, Seattle does not have a way to communicate and help correct this type of loading zone nightmare. But NYC does.
Let’s take advantage of it and send a “PIN” to the DOT.