The new year may become more convenient and comfortable for e-bike delivery workers making stops on the UWS, with the recent announcement that Verdi Square is among two proposed sites for so-called Street Deliveristas Hubs. (The second site is located in Fordham Heights in the Bronx, and another site in City Hall Park was previously announced.)
The “hubs” will be created by repurposing vacant newsstands into charging stations, shelter and rest areas for delivery workers.
Mayor Adams and Senator Schumer announced the program in October, describing it as a “First-of-its-kind program for app-based food delivery workers.”
The Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) is the intended recipient of $1.17 million in federal funding Senator Schumer secured for the project in May 2022. The money will be used to design and plan the pilot version of the hubs.
According to information provided by the Senator’s office, the first go-round will “test a prototype of the first-of-its-kind indoor electric charging station, programming, and workforce development to professionalize the app delivery industry.”
Upper West Side Council Member Gale Brewer told The City that she supports the concept of charging stations for bikes and delivery people but stressed that community feedback was important. “I would like to have input from the community because they may have ideas about how it could be best done.”
Upper West Siders who want to share their opinions on this project have two upcoming opportunities to do so:
- The Franchise and Concession Review Committee on Wednesday, January 11 at 2:30 p.m.: More info here.
- Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee meeting (the next one is on Tuesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m., however, they don’t yet know if it will make the agenda … ILUWS readers can check for updates here.
There’s no exact timeline on the rollout, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.