The City Council Transportation Committee will consider a slate of bills Thursday. Several of them should be of particular interest to livable streets advocates. Here’s a rundown.
- Intro 624: This is Jessica Lappin’s effort to hold businesses responsible for traffic law violations committed by bike delivery personnel. The bill was inspired in part by Upper East Side constituent complaints about restaurant employees and other commercial delivery workers riding on sidewalks.
- Intro 901, from committee chair, presumptive comptroller-elect and rock star John Liu, would mandate all commercial parking facilities to set aside 10 percent of spaces, or 10 spots, whichever is less, for car-sharing programs.
- Intro 947: Responding to the deaths of Robert Ogle and Alex Paul and Diego Martinez and Hayley Ng, Queens Council Member Elizabeth Crowley’s bill would raise the fine for unattended idling vehicles to $250. The current fine: five bucks.
- Continuing his crusade against the travesty that is parking enforcement, Vincent Gentile’s Intro 1076 would require DOT to give 60 days notice to community boards and council members in advance of changes to parking meter regulations.
- Intro 1077, another Gentile bill, looks as if it would basically codify DOT’s current practice of presenting new projects — pilot projects, specifically — to community boards prior to implementation.
In the end the votes matter most, but it’s interesting that Gentile, for instance, is not a co-sponsor of Crowley’s anti-idling bill or Liu’s car-sharing intro, but is on board with Lappin’s commercial cyclist regulations. Guess we all have our priorities.
Tomorrow’s hearing, one of the last of Liu’s tenure as committee chair, convenes in the council chambers at 10 a.m.