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"'From my vantage point, it's a huge positive,' said Larry A. Silverstein, president and chief executive of Silverstein Properties. That vantage point is an office on the 38th floor of 7 World Trade Center with sweeping views overlooking Ground Zero. Although no bike was leaning against his desk that day, Mr. Silverstein said he supported the new law and thought most buildings with freight elevators could comply and that tenants could handle the parking once bikes rolled through their doors.""Clearing a Path for Bikes in City Office Buildings"
New York Times
December 8, 2009
| In this December edition of NYCycles, you'll
Bikes in Buildings: What You Need to Know
The groundbreaking Bikes in Buildings Law goes into effect this Friday, December 11. Find out what you need to know to be prepared.
Hudson River Greenway Detour Through Spring 2010
Construction will be blocking portions of the greenway in lower Manhattan. A detour has been set up to provide continued connectivity.
Cities for Cycling
This week Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan joined Congressman Earl Blumenauer, artist/musician David Byrne and city officials from major urban areas to launch a new initiative to bring innovative bike facility designs into more widespread use nationwide.
Bikes in Buildings: What You Need
In August 2009, Mayor Bloomberg signed the Bicycle
Access to Office Buildings Law (Local Law 52), aimed
at providing secure bike parking at office buildings
throughout the City during the work day. The law
aims to increase bicycle commuting by removing
a commonly cited barrier - the inability to safely
store bikes during work hours - and goes into
effect Friday, December 11, 2009.
As a cycling commuter, here's what you need to
The new law applies to commercial office buildings
with at least one freight elevator. You and your
coworkers may not file requests for bicycle access
yourselves - requests must be filed by a representative
of the company you work for: the tenant, subtenant,
leaseholder, or an authorized representative of
The law requires that office buildings grant
bicycle access to their tenants (such as your
employer) but it does not require that
employers grant bicycle access to their employees.
Convincing your employer of the benefits of having
employees bike to work is up to you and your fellow
Individuals or employees who wish to bring bicycles
into their workplace should ask their employers
to request bicycle access from the building owner.
Employers (building tenants or subtenants) who
request bicycle access are responsible for providing
appropriate areas within their leased space to
The Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law goes
into effect on December 11, but buildings are
not required to allow bicycles inside until a
tenant files a formal request for bicycle access
using an official form. After a tenant requests
access, the building has 30 days to either implement
a Bicycle Access Plan or inform the tenant that
it has applied for an exception to the law.
Additional program details as well as online
forms to request bike access, submit a Bike Access
Plan or request an exception are available
online now at www.nyc.gov/bikesinbuildings.
- If you work in a small office, you can probably
approach your employer about bike access directly.
If you work in a larger office, you could contact
staff in Human Resources, Facilities, Administration
or Environmental Affairs to make your request
or ask for more information.
- Talk to other cyclists
in your office to develop an estimate of how many
employees would be interested in an opportunity
for secure bicycle parking. This number will be
important to your employer in making a Tenant
Request and could also provide compelling information
about the need for improved parking options.
- Need help convincing your employer? Visit the
employee information page on the DOT's website
for selling points on bike commuting and indoor
|Detour on Hudson River Park Greenway through Spring 2010
Starting this month, the Route 9 greenway on Manhattan's West Side will be temporarily shifted west between Chambers Street and West Thames Street along River Terrace, the World Financial Center Esplanade and South End Avenue.
Along the provisional route, cyclists should be prepared to yield to pedestrians and share the lane with cars at certain junctures. Please ride slowly and with caution through this area!
The bike route adjustment will be in place through early Spring 2010 and is due to construction projects in Battery Park City. Detour and safety signage will be visibly posted along the route.
A map of the detour is available here.
New Bicycle Routes
Cities for Cycling
L to R: Congressman Earl Blumenauer; Bruce Katz, Brookings vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program; artist/musician David Byrne and NYCDOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to kick off Cities for Cycling.
This week Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan joined
Congressman Earl Blumenauer, artist/musician David
Byrne and city officials from Atlanta, Baltimore,
Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles,
Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland,
San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. to launch
Cities for Cycling.
This new effort by city governments aims to promote best practices
in urban cycling and to increase the use of bicycles
to improve urban mobility, livability and public
health while reducing traffic congestion and CO2
Cycling is booming in cities across the nation. Based on the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, cycling as a share of transportation is up in major cities by as much as 72% from 2007-2008, with an average growth rate of over 30%. New York's recent commuter cycling numbers showed a dramatic increase of 26% from 2008-2009.
Still, much work remains to make cycling a more mainstream mobility option. Providing safe, comfortable, convenient bicycling facilities has allowed cities like Portland, New York and others to vastly increase commuter cycling and drive down injuries and fatalities to cyclists. From protected cycle-tracks to bike boxes and special traffic signals for bikes; Cities for Cycling seeks to share these best practices among leading cities and encourage State and Federal governments to adopt the new design treatments emerging from cities as standard practices, opening up funding and technical support opportunities and cutting red tape. For more information, visit citiesforcycling.org.
See upcoming bicycle projects here. Want to learn more? Check the DOT calendar to find out when we give public presentations about these projects.
Get Your 2009 NYC Cycling Map
Get your copy of the Departments of Transportation, City Planning and Parks' NYC Cycling Map while supplies last. It includes bike lanes, routes, greenways, parks, bike shops and subway stations in all five boroughs. The map also shows bike rental locations. Download a copy online, pick up one at a local bike shop or call 311 to get one FREE.
Safety Tip :
Exercise has been proven to improve your mood and can help fight off those extra holiday pounds. So keep cycling during the winter months, just make sure you have good bike lights, warm clothes (layering works well), gloves, windproof shoes and warm, but thin head covering that will fit under your helmet and protect your ears. Remember to clean your bike chain if it gets gunked up with sand and road grit after the snow, and keep it well lubed. And have fun!
Winter riding can be fun if you're prepared. Check out this great video that shows how ladies can dress warmly for winter riding, even if you're headed to the office.
Road and Bridge Closures
For information about street closures, sign up for weekly traffic advisories. And please keep in mind the West Side Greenway detour in lower Manhattan through the spring of 2010.
The DOT has distributed over 23,000 official NYC Bicycle Helmets for free to New York City residents. You can schedule a time to get fitted for an NYC helmet at one of the DOT's Safety Cities by calling 311. Check our events calendar for upcoming fittings.
Suggest Bike Rack Locations
Do you live or work somewhere that could benefit from bike parking? NYCDOT is working with Community Boards to identify strategic areas to install clusters of new bike parking, including at transit stations, along commercial corridors and at other major destinations. If you'd like to suggest an area that needs bike parking, contact your Community Board.
Report a Problem or Send Kudos
Street Construction Hazards
Missing or Broken Street Signs
Report a faded or damaged bike lane: Call 311
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