NYC’s Bicycle Access Bill

New York City’s Bicycle Access Bill is poised to pass in the City Council this week. Intro 871 will amend the City’s administrative code, requiring building owners to provide reasonable ways in which employees may access their building with a bicycle.

More and more businesses are encouraging their employees to bike to work, but frequently, building owners are a major obstacle because they don’t allow bicycles in their buildings, inexplicably citing potential property damage and liability as issues.

Lack of secure bike storage during the workday is frequently cited as a reason for not bike commuting; it’s hoped the new law will eliminate this major deterrent. Now if we can only get similar laws enacted in every city across the country…

[via Streetsblog]

3 Responses to “NYC’s Bicycle Access Bill”

  • ksteinhoff says:

    Alan,

    In other commuter news, I just heard that the Florida Department of Transportation has set up an Emergency Ride Home Program for commuters, including cyclists in a number of counties, including Palm Beach County, where I live.

    http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com/2009/07/27/florida-offers-bike-commuters-emergency-rides/

    If you sign up for the program, you can get free taxi service 24/7 up to six times a year.

    The program is available to commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit, bicycle, or walk to work at least three days a week. Eligible “emergency” situations include the sudden illness of the commuter or a member of his/her immediate family; unscheduled overtime or extended work hours; or a carpool/vanpool driver’s inability to make the scheduled trip home due to an unexpected work schedule change of illness.

  • Sean says:

    I read a news article earlier today saying that the NYC bicycle bill had passed. It’s a victory, but a measured one.

    In the bill, landlords must allow riders access to their buildings, but only if the riders’ employers approve. In practical terms, you may get your bike in the building, but have nowhere to park it. Landlords are not obligated to provide parking.

    The other difficult part of this is that I believe riders must utilize the buildings’ freight elevators. These frequently have limited hours that may not match work schedules.

  • Alan says:

    Thanks for the information, Sean. It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out in practice.

    Alan

 
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