“Bikes in Buildings” Law takes Effect

New York’s so-called “Bikes in Buildings” Law takes effect today. From the NYCDOT press release:

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the City is prepared to implement the Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law (Local Law 52), which aims to increase bicycle commuting by helping cyclists gain access to secure parking at their office buildings during the workday. The legislation was signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in August 2009 and was sponsored by Council Member David Yassky and shepherded through the City Council by Council Member John Liu, the Transportation Committee Chairman. DOT and DOB will jointly oversee the Bikes in Buildings Program and overall compliance with the law, which is expected to lead to a broad expansion of bike parking at commercial office buildings across the City and encourage continued growth in the number of commuter cyclists on City streets.

Yeah for New York!

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3 Responses to ““Bikes in Buildings” Law takes Effect”

  • Duncan Watson says:

    Wow, what a change. I used to work in the Empire State Building and there was 0 bike parking. None outside the building, and you were forbidden to bring a bike inside, even on the freight elevators. They had a small room that bike cops were allowed to use when they visited the building though.
    -Duncan

  • Grateful says:

    Well – – – that ought’a open up a large can of worms.

    But Hurray for NYC! Hopefully it will set a precedent for other cities to follow.

  • Doug P says:

    3 cheers to NYC for this first step towards respect for bikes as legitimate transportation. I once went to our local baseball arena; ‘Raley field’ by bicycle. I locked up my bike to a tree near the entrance. A security guard told me rudely to move it. I said “ok’, where? He could not tell me. All he knew was that I couldn’t park there!?? A conversation ensued where I basically told him he was an ignorant buffoon. I eventually found the parking with no help from the security buffoon. But I have never returned. All you bike haters , ect…

 
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