Movement on Bicycle Access Bill: New Version Appears in City Council

A new version of the Bicycle Access Bill has been placed on legislators’ desks at City Hall, indicating that votes in the Transportation Committee and the full City Council are likely later this month, according to multiple sources tracking the bill’s progress.

The revised bill, which would require building managers to provide bicycle access to tenants who request it, divvies up responsibility for enforcement between DOT and the Department of Buildings differently than previous versions, Streetsblog has learned. Core provisions intended to expand bicycle access to buildings remain unchanged.

The bill, now supported by 35 co-sponsors, would come up for a vote at the council’s next stated meeting,  scheduled for Wednesday, July 29.

The last time we checked in on the Bicycle Access Bill, it was still sitting in John Liu’s Transportation Committee after other legislators, including sponsor David Yassky and 31 additional supporters in the City Council, had expected it to reach the full floor for a vote. Then came an outpouring of e-faxes from cyclists asking Liu to get behind the bill.

Today, a number of people have forwarded us an invitation from Liu’s office to hear him explain his position this Friday. Read it after the jump.

Dear Fellow Cyclist:

Thank you for reaching out to me about your support for legislation in support of expanding bicycle access to buildings in our City. This is an issue I have fought for over the last couple of years and my position on it has been clear and consistent, notwithstanding recent efforts by some folks to misrepresent my actions and statements on this.

I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to meet with me so I can give you the latest update on bike access legislation. Can you meet me at City Hall this Friday July 24 from 4:30-5:30pm? (to try to accommodate those who have regular work-hours). No need to RSVP (but you can if you’d like) and feel free to pass this along to others who may be interested.

John Liu
Member, City Council
Chairperson, Transportation Committee

We’re hearing that Liu is now prepared to support the bill. An aide at his office said he would explain all at the Friday meeting.

  • Doug

    I was thinking about my return to NY in a month and my desire to keep biking as my primary mode of transit. Secure indoor storage would absolutely make that possible; without which, my new(ly refurbished) bike will probably get a lot less use, even if I start schlepping a big Kryptonite weapon around (which is somewhat unlikely).

    Anyone we should hassle to make sure this happens?

  • Brian

    I highly doubt Liu is a fellow cyclist outside his political career.

  • Josef

    I think what we should do both before and after this bill passes is to map the buildings that block people from entering with their bikes. I think that building managers will come to see that inadequate bike parking cuts off their building from access as much as inadequate car parking. In return for providing bike parking their building will get promoted as a bike destination within the city. If they choose to continue to leave cyclists high and dry (and specifically ban them from entering the building), they should be known within the cycling community as a place to avoid.

  • “I highly doubt Liu is a fellow cyclist outside his political career.”

    They actually still think this is identity politics. I’ve got news for Liu and his fellow politicians: I’m not in any tribes but I’ll surely vote against those that obstruct bills like this one that are in my practical interest, that crack jokes about bridge tolls that could save our transit authority from ruin, and that try to block or revert this administration’s DOT street improvements that benefit my daily life.

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