Is parking smart in NYC an oxymoron?
Who in the Sam Hill coined the phrase, “park smart?” How can anyone park smart in NYC?
You pull your chariot into a metered parking space in Manhattan and fork over $3.50 per hour. You race to the muni meter, pay the toll, grab your receipt, and race back to your car. If you take longer than 5 minutes to complete the muni-meter dash, you’ll find a $65 parking ticket under your wiper. Is that parking smart?
Parking Smart is a demand pricing strategy. The more traffic during peak hours, the higher the meter rates. It’s like Barney’s raising the price of their men’s suits on Saturdays to alleviate the congestion in the men’s department. That suit you saw on Tuesday morning for $1500 becomes a $2000 suit on Saturday. That’ll clear out the men’s department on Saturdays.
You can always park in an off street parking lot if you have a bazillion bucks to share with the garage keeper.
What is “Park Smart”
PARK Smart is a program to make parking easier while reducing congestion and improving safety. DOT is conducting six-month pilots in neighborhoods across the City to test how the program works in different settings. The agency works closely with community boards, merchants, BIDs and other local stakeholders when developing the pilots. Based on the success of the pilots, PARK Smart areas have been made permanent in several neighborhoods.
Goals of a Park Smart program include:
- Increase the availability of parking spaces
- Increase safety
- Reduce double-parking
- Reduce pollution
- Reduce congestion from circling vehicles
I love this video
Here’s a wonderful video created for the San Francisco Park Smart Program. It beautifully explains the why’s and wherefores to the point where you almost want to travel in the SF core and try to find an empty parking space…Nah!
Real-time parking map
Here’s a real-time parking map for NYC