Quick Hits From Yesterday’s Bikes in Buildings Hearing

Due to popular demand, here’s a quick rundown of yesterday’s transportation committee hearing in City Council on the Bikes in Buildings Bill. More details to follow.

  • There was no vote. The general sense is that the bill needs some fine-tuning but enjoys
    majority support. (TA says 26 votes have been lined up.) There will be a second committee
    hearing, probably in January, at which a vote can be expected.
  • Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Rohit Aggarwala from the mayor’s sustainability office, and City Planning officials testified in favor. So did Paul White of TA, Kyle
    Wiswall from TSTC, and Josh Nachowitz from NYLCV.
  • A REBNY member and real estate broker testified in favor, as did the owner of a building on Grand Street and developers Two Trees Management and Jonathan Rose (the developers submitted written testimony).
  • About 10 commuting cyclists also testified in favor.
  • Testimony against the bill came from REBNY, the Building Owners and Managers Association, and a woman who wants to ban bicycles from the island of Manhattan.
  • Would that woman wanting to ban bicycles from Manhattan be this person?

  • If it is the same person, she seems to have it in for dogs as well: “…safe sidewalks free of bikes and dog leashes…” Cue Wicked Witch of the West: And that goes for your little dog too!

  • Sabrina

    No, that person still allowed bikes for a place for messengers and couriers…

    Yesterday’s nutjob said she believed ALL bicycles, messengers and couriers, should be banned from the island of Manhattan, because they get in the way of commerce. She allowed a concession for recreational riders in Central Park only (clearly she doesn’t walk in Central Park, since cyclists there are far from appreciated).

    The part I liked best was, despite absolutely zero acknowledgment from any of the councilmembers, she continued to answer questions posed to the REBNY representatives on her panel, with her default answer, “No bicycles in the City of Commerce!”

  • Yeah, commerce would really take off if all those messengers jumped in their cars instead of onto their bikes. I can almost taste the end of the recession.

  • Rhywun

    Nice to see that citizen crackpottery is alive and well in the Big Apple 🙂

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