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Parking and Curbside Management Toolkit

Poor parking and curb management creates a number of problems in commercial districts. The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance on how to best imagine and manage the curb to meet the needs of BID members.

How to Use This Toolkit


Defining the Right-of-Way and understanding how the curb functions

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An intersection on 8th Avenue in Manhattan.

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Understanding how the curb functions

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Street seating near the Seaport in Manhattan.

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Develop a vision and goals for your curb

GoalPossible Approach(es)
To always have at least one parking space available. Use performance pricing to set a parking meter price high enough to ensure available parking. • Limit and enforce the amount of time a vehicle can remain parked to short durations — one hour maximums, for example.
To use the street as public space.Install parklets in some parking places • Encourage outdoor dining. • Program street activities, like street fairs and Open Streets.
To increase foot traffic by prioritizing safe movement for pedestriansWiden sidewalks. • Add traffic calming measures. • Eliminate on-street parking and prioritize bus, bicycle and pedestrian access.
To minimize the amount of time delivery trucks are on the street.Prioritize deliveries to make them as smooth and quick as possible. • Increase available loading zones.
To “green” the districtIncrease the prevalence of rain gardens for stormwater management.

NYC Programs

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Signage for a loading zone near the Arthur Avenue BID in the Bronx.

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Outdoor dining in New York City.

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Outdoor dining options in Chelsea Market.

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