Take Action: Tell John Liu to Support the Bicycle Access Bill

bikes_buildings_rally.jpgLast September, John Liu stood on the steps of City Hall to support bicycle access to buildings. Will he follow through on that commitment?

This email alert from Transportation Alternatives just hit our inbox. The Bicycle Access Bill (Intro 871, sponsored by David Yassky), is scheduled for a City Council committee hearing tomorrow and possibly a floor vote if it can get that far. Despite the support of the mayor and 29 co-sponsors, we’re hearing rumblings that the City Council might snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on this historic piece of legislation:

We Are Not There Yet — Bicycle Access to Buildings Bill in Jeopardy

Your voices are needed. Now! With the expected passage of the Bicycle Access to Buildings Bill slated to take place at tomorrow’s City Council meeting, we are concerned to learn that there still may be some strong opposition to the bill. Please immediately call Council Member John Liu, chair of the Transportation Committee, and let him know that you support this bill and that we need his support too!

Council Member John Liu
Chair, Transportation Committee
City Hall office: 212-788-7022
District office: 718-888-8747

Advocates have been fighting for this legislation for years. Its
passage would make it much easier for thousands of cyclists to ride
to work — boosting bike commuting by as much as 50 percent — and one last push from supporters can help put it over the top.


John Liu Stalls Bicycle Access Bill in Committee

A few months ago, John Liu was all for bikes in buildings. After months of negotiations and fine-tuning, the Bicycle Access Bill was expected to come up for a vote in the City Council this afternoon. Despite the support of Mayor Bloomberg and 29 co-sponsors, that’s not going to happen. For many thousands of cyclists, […]

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 […]

John Liu: Halting Bike Access Bill Not a Political Move

Does 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 […]

Bicycle Access Bill Clears City Council Transpo Committee

Bicycle Access Bill sponsor David Yassky, who first introduced his legislation in 2006, speaks at a press event earlier today. As anticipated, this morning the City Council transportation committee voted in favor of Intro 871, the Bicycle Access Bill. The tally was 9-0 with one absence, sending the bill to the full floor for the […]

In Historic Vote, City Council Passes Bicycle Access Bill

DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan speaks at a press event yesterday. That’s bill sponsor David Yassky in the green tie. The New York City Council voted 46-1 this afternoon in favor of Intro 871, the Bicycle Access Bill, opening the door to significant gains in commuter cycling. Cyclists who do not commute by bike have long […]