Fall 2000, p.4

Cycling News: Powerful Backing For Bicycle Parking at Grand Central Station

An impressive array of Federal, State, and local New York City and Hudson Valley elected officials have endorsed T.A.'s request that Metro North install secure bicycle parking at Grand Central Station. The list of supporters consists of both Republicans and Democrats and includes; Congressmembers Jerrold Nadler, Caroline Maloney, and Sue Kelly, State Senators Tom Duane, Suzi Oppenheimer and Roy Goodman, Assemblymembers Richard Gottfreid and John Ravitz, City Councilmembers Christine Quinn and Gifford Miller, and Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner. The Department of City Planning has also written in support of the project.

Transportation Alternatives has worked with Metro North and the MTA over the past three years to get secure bicycle parking at Grand Central. Unfortunately the effort was stalled because the desired site, near the taxi stand on Vanderbilt Avenue, was occupied by a construction trailer. The trailer has finally been removed and elected officials and advocates are anxious to see the parking put in place.

Secure bicycle parking at Grand Central would serve reverse commuters and area cyclists who are deterred from riding because of concerns about bicycle theft. The NYC Department of City Planning's 1999 Bicycle Parking Needs Report calls for a bicycle-friendly intermodal transit hub at Grand Central.

Show your support for secure bicycle parking at Grand Central Station and write to the chairman of Metro North, Peter Cannito. Encourage him to expedite the installation of bicycle parking at Grand Central.

Chairman Peter Cannito
MTA Metro North Railroad
347 Madison Ave.
New York , NY 10017
Or fax him at 212-340-4995

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