John Liu: Halting Bike Access Bill Not a Political Move

bikes_buildings_rally.jpgDoes anyone believe that John Liu’s position on bicycle access to buildings has remained consistent since last September?

We’ve got an update about the petition drive urging Council member John Liu to hold a vote on the Bicycle Access Bill in his committee: It’s got people fired up. From Crain’s Insider:

A cycling advocacy group has been flooded with e-faxes pushing Councilman John Liu to schedule a committee vote on a bill allowing bicycles in some office buildings. Transportation Alternatives has received more than 800 messages in four days. "We’ve never had anything like it, not even at the height of the congestion pricing drama," a TA spokesman says. The group is delivering the messages to Liu, who questions whether the bill would improve bicycle access. Bill sponsor David Yassky is running against Liu for city comptroller, but Liu says that has nothing to do with his position. He previously backed a stronger bike access bill that, unlike this one, lacked mayoral support.

Our calls to Liu’s office have yet to be returned, so we can’t expand on his rationale that the bill won’t improve bike access to office buildings. At this point, Liu doesn’t really need to explain himself. The fact that the committee chair with jurisdiction won’t move a bill supported by the mayor, 29 other Council members, and the city’s best-known advocates for cycling speaks volumes.

  • Make that 32 Council Members now.

  • Carm

    Can someone explain why Council Speaker Christine Quinn can’t move this bill with the support of 32 out of 51 council members? Is it plausible that John Liu by himself could defy the speaker and more than half of his colleagues? Is it possible the ever ambitious Quinn doesn’t want to piss off the real estate industry and Liu is doing her a favor by keeping this stuck in committee?

  • With the Tour de Queens ironically coming up Sunday, take a gander at John Liu on camera at that event last year:

    http://www.streetfilms.org/archives/tour-de-queens-2008/

    At the 24 second mark listen to John Liu talk so eloquently about “we’re going to make the city a better a far more bike-friendly place.”

    Huh?

  • Geck

    I read somewhere he objects to DOT rather than Dept of Builds enforcing bike access to buildings.

  • Jonathan Wang

    Though Liu is the first Chinese councilman who has chaired the Transportation Committee, Chinatown residents have suffered horrible traffic in the last seven years. Traffic accidents happened everyday in Chinatown. In the middle of 2008, the death caused by traffic accident was almost once a month. Just in 2009, from January to May, there were already three deaths and more than twenty badly injured by traffic accidents in that area. We didn’t see him doing anything practical to improve the situation.

    As a Chair of the Transportation Committee, does he fulfill his duty? As a
    councilman from Chinese background, he even doesn’t care about Chinese Americans. How could we believe he claimed that he would “fight for a better tomorrow for middle-class families throughout New York City.”

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