The statistics always look great. NYC is welcoming a steady additional 2 million tourists per year, with the City Council continually increasing it’s spend on advertising which invites more to come. And it’s not just the feet on the ground, all those tourists increases the number of tourist buses to ferry them around.
At the same time, there is a revolution in same day delivery to NYC taking place with online stores like Amazon and Fresh Direct promising ever quicker deliveries. Plus there is the impact of new apps promising to send people to buy whatever you want whenever you want it. There has never been more UPS trucks on the streets and other delivery people, many on bikes rushing to fulfill your every whim.
Bikes are really big now and the bike share program has really kicked that up, along with the bike docking stations being spread around everywhere to increase you access to all those bikes.
There’s MTA buses, utility vans, FDNY vehicles, NYPD vans and cars and then all the taxis which crowd into the streets. It is estimated that in Manhattan right now the average speed for driving around is 8.25 miles per hour.
The limit hasn’t been reached in the number of people Manhattan and other boroughs can accommodate. The sky is literally the limit and it’s clear that’s where everyone is reaching when you look at all the new high rise construction going on, high rise construction incidently which clogs up the streets by blocking off sidewalks.
But there is a limit to the amount of activity which can happen on NYC streets. Streets cannot be stretched to pile in every more trucks, cars, pedestrians and bikes, oh and don’t forget the food trucks, they need a spot too.
Even if drone delivery starts to take off, which will create it’s own problems, NYC is running out of street space. Already it’s dangerous for bike riders when UPS trucks park at the curb forcing them out of the bike lanes which have been set aside.
This issue is already important, impacting on every New Yorker and tourist who visits. Saturation point is looming. So start talking to your local Community Representatives and find out what they intend to do so you, a native New Yorker, can look after your own rights and help shape how the city copes with the huge congestion which is now aprt of NYC life.