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Venture Should Include Bike Parking Inside Moynihan Station

Bike Parking

Today’s New York Times has a story about a proposal to create a bike parking lot one block from Penn Station. The 34th Street Partnership has located a site on W. 33rd between Eighth and Ninth Avenues for an attended outdoor 100-bike lot and it’s looking for a corporate sponsorship to make it happen. Caroline Samponaro of Transportation Alternatives, a member of the Friends of Moynihan Station, thinks a secure lot inside Penn Station is an even better idea:

“A lot on 33rd Street, just a block from Pennsylvania Station, could be popular with commuters using the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit. She said Transportation Alternatives had tried to arrange space for bicycles inside Penn Station but could not reach an agreement with Amtrak, which operates the station….Parking indoors or at an attended lot is critical in New York, Ms. Samponaro said, because otherwise ‘you run the risk of having your bike stolen or vandalized.'”

The MAS urges the Moynihan Station Venture to include a bike parking facility in Moynihan Station. The current Penn Station is already the busiest train station in the country and passenger volume projected to increase. Providing secure indoor bicycle parking should be part of the plans to “improve transportation conditions” at Penn Station, the chief goal and major public benefit of the Moynihan Station project, and it will help link the region’s busiest transit hub to the city’s bike lanes and paths.