Action Alert: Tell John Liu to Support Better Bike Commuting in NYC

An important heads up for our New York readers: Before you start grilling this weekend, make sure you sign on to TA’s campaign urging John Liu to support the Bicycle Access Bill.
Pretty much everyone from Mayor Bloomberg on down expected the bill to
clear Liu’s transportation committee this week and gain passage in the
City Council. Didn’t happen.

If Liu lets the bill come up for a vote,
we’re looking at a watershed moment for bike commuting in New York. If
he doesn’t, it will be a major blow to PlaNYC’s vision of a
bike-friendly city, and the collective record of transportation
committee chairs
everywhere will somehow sink even lower.

  • owen howlett

    Doesn’t this bill miss the point? The most common reason people can’t keep their bikes inside their workplace is that the building management doesn’t want the hassle or the liability, and cites the fire code as a reason to exclude bikes, even though the fire code only requires “egress routes” (not cubicles/storage areas etc) to be clear of obstructions. To really nail the problem, the bill should require building managers to allow bicycles to be stored in people’s work areas or other storage areas as long as they’re not on an egress route.

  • To really nail the problem, the bill should require building managers to allow bicycles to be stored in people’s work areas or other storage areas…

    That’s pretty much what this bill does.

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