Statement on Passage of Intro. 871: The Bicycle Access Bill
Today, the New York City Council passed Intro. 871, the Bicycle Access Bill, by a 46-1 margin. When signed by Mayor Bloomberg, the new law will enable tens of thousands of would-be bike commuters to bring their bikes into the workplace. Fear of bicycle theft is the number-one reason seasoned bicyclists do not bike to work.
The Bicycle Access Bill requires commercial buildings to allow bicyclists entry, provided there is space set aside by their respective employers to accommodate them. Bicycling is the fastest-growing mode of transportation in NYC, and Transportation Alternatives is campaigning to double cycling by 2011 using tools like the Bicycle Access Bill. Encouraging bike commuting not only supports a more sustainable New York City, it also improves the health of New Yorkers.
"No other city in the country has a policy like the one City Council passed today," says Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "When we open the doors of New York City's workplaces to cyclists, tens of thousands of commuters are going to get on two wheels."