New York City launches LockerNYC

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez launched LockerNYC. This free pilot program will utilize lockers installed on public sidewalks throughout multiple boroughs to allow New Yorkers to receive secure package deliveries. The pilot will be in place for a year, with the potential to be extended upon evaluation, allowing DOT to test and evaluate the technology and delivery mode.

Statistics show that 80 percent of households in New York City receive at least one delivery per week, and 20 percent receive four or more deliveries. Each day, 90,000 packages are reported stolen or lost in transit in New York City, as many buildings lack secure areas for package deliveries. The LockerNYC initiative will help reduce package thefts and the number of big delivery trucks clogging up the streets of NYC.

The LockerNYC pilot includes seven units, each capable of securely holding 25 packages at a time, and has the potential to expand further this year. The pilot is open to the public, and the LockerNYC program will be available across multiple delivery carriers. New Yorkers can sign up for free and manage orders online.

“We are taking on porch pirates and cutting down on emissions by unwrapping LockerNYC, our pilot program that will combat package theft and reduce delivery truck traffic in our city,” said Mayor Adams. “Reducing crime, fighting climate change, and providing a convenience to New Yorkers all at the same time is a package deal that New Yorkers can be proud of. This is a part of our broader efforts to reimagine how New Yorkers get their goods and services, including through our forthcoming Department of Sustainable Delivery that was announced in this year’s State of the City.”

“COVID changed the way we shop; now, 80 percent of us get one package delivered per week,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “This administration is taking a holistic look at green solutions for this very modern challenge with delivery lockers and microhubs and using our waterways, rather than trucks, to get goods where they need to go. The green revolution starts here.”

Locations were selected based on land use, concentration of buildings lacking mail or package rooms, and New York City Police Department package theft data, among other criteria. Other priorities in the selection process included providing adequate circulation space, avoiding conflicts with street furniture, ensuring smooth pedestrian flow, and avoiding the obstruction of windows, fire escapes, or public art. Each locker location is visibly equipped with two security cameras, LED lighting, and anti-theft mechanisms on locker compartments. The lockers will be operated and maintained by GoLocker, the vendor selected by the city for this initiative, and GoLocker will oversee customer support and overall management of the technology.

In addition to providing convenience to New Yorkers, the LockerNYC pilot program also aims to reduce delivery truck traffic by consolidating deliveries at central locations. It builds upon recent administration efforts to reimagine deliveries in New York City, restructure freight distribution, and create a sustainable last-mile delivery system for getting goods where they need to go.

In his State of the City address this year, Mayor Adams proposed establishing the New York City Department of Sustainable Delivery to harness the potential of non-traditional transportation modes like e-bikes, mopeds, cargo bikes, and more while prioritizing worker and public safety. Additionally, last month, the city released new rules to allow more deliveries using electric cargo bikes, a safer and more sustainable alternative to large delivery trucks. Likewise, DOT previously announced a local delivery hub pilot program to reduce truck deliveries’ negative environmental and safety effects that will launch this year. DOT is also expanding the number of dedicated delivery loading zones across the five boroughs, with over 2,000 loading zones installed in the past two years.

Source: NYC

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