This was the scene at City Hall yesterday afternoon as Mayor Bloomberg put his signature on the Bicycle Access Bill. The mayor also signed Intro 780, which will increase the amount of bike parking in commercial garages and lots. Bill sponsors David Yassky (dark tie) and Oliver Koppell (red and navy stripes) were on hand, as were buildings commissioner Robert LiMandri (far left), DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (center) and TA director Paul White (glare in his lenses).
The new rules governing bike access to buildings won’t take effect for a few more months. In the meantime, the best strategy for eventually reversing your building’s bike policy is to talk amongst your co-workers (not to your employer just yet) and hash out potential bike access plans.
The passage of these bills elicited many pro-bike pronouncements from elected officials, some of which have been reprinted for your reading pleasure after the jump.
Bill sponsor David Yassky, in a press release before the City Council passed the Bicycle Access Bill:
“In a city in which one in eight kids has asthma, this bill is a long overdue step towards reducing carbon emissions, improving public health, and building a sustainable transportation infrastructure,” said Council Member Yassky. “I look forward to the Council passing this bill tomorrow so that we can begin the implementation of this important piece of progressive legislation.”
An email blast from speaker Christine Quinn’s office after City Council passed the bill:
Dear New Yorker,
Good news! Last week the New York City Council took steps toward creating a more sustainable transportation infrastructure in our city by passing two important pieces of legislation:
Intro. 0780-A (Koppell) – bicycle parking in garages and parking lots. (To view a copy of the bill click here.)
Intro. 0871-A (Yassky) – bicycle access in commercial buildings. (To view a copy of the click here.)
One of the main obstacles to bicycle commuting is the inability to park your bicycle in a secure location once you have arrived at work.
These bills address this problem by improving bicycle access in commercial buildings and creating thousands of bicycle parking spaces in city garages and parking lots. The legislation also encourages cycling by creating a bicycle commuting task force that will explore partnerships with private entities to build sheltered bicycle parking in public and/or private spaces. The task force will issue its report by December 31, 2010.
Together, these proposals will improve public health, reduce carbon emissions, and provide a more affordable option for New Yorker’s daily commute.
Remarks by Bloomberg in the press release sent after yesterday’s bill signing:
“Making bicycling a safe, low-cost, and fun means of getting around town is a key component of PlaNYC, our Administration’s vision for a greener, greater New York. Under the leadership of Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, the Department of Transportation has made great strides in turning that vision into a reality: over the past three years, we’ve seen a 45 percent increase in bicycle commuting in our City, spurred by our creation of more than 200 miles of bike lanes as well as the installation of 3,100 bicycle racks and 20 sheltered bike parking structures. Also, the Council recently adopted zoning requirements crafted by the Department of City Planning to ensure that new buildings over a certain size will be designed to include bicycle parking facilities.
“These two pieces of legislation aim to take these successes several significant steps further."