One Step Closer to
Building Access for Bicycles
After a steady stream of
postcards and letters from T.A. members, Speaker Vallone has recommended that
Councilman Spigner, Chairman of the Housing and Buildings committee, hold a
hearing for the Building Access Legislation, Int. No. 584. The date for the
hearing has not been set but it will probably be in January or February, 2000.
The cycling community of NYC must continue its vigorous support of this
The bill, requiring
commercial buildings with a freight elevator to allow people with bikes access
to that elevator, was introduced in July by Councilman Carrion. This access
would allow more New Yorkers to park their bikes securely in their workplace.
The bill meets a need in a city where, according to the Department of City
Planning's 1999 survey, the lack of secure parking tops the list of reasons
most cyclists do not ride to work.
To make this happen, we need
- If you are in the City
Council Districts of Spigner (Chair) (District 27), Michels (District 7),
Malave-Dilan (District 37), Nelson (District 48), Marshall (District 21),
Warden (District 12), Boyland (District 41), Provenzano (District 13), or
Ognibene (District 30), write/call/fax them as a constituent and urge them
to support Int. No. 584 (see the NYPIRG Councilfinder at www.cmap.nypirg.org
or call the T.A. office for the name of your
- Go to the T.A. web site, www.transalt.org,
or call the office at 212-629-8080 to get your name on the action list so
you will be alerted to the date of the hearing. A sample letter is also
available on the T.A. web site.
- If you work in an office
building in Midtown with bike access, please call the office with the
- Write/call/fax Councilman
chair of the Housing & Buildings Committee:
113-43 Farmers Boulevard
St. Albans, NY 11412
- Write/call/fax to Speaker
Vallone to thank him for requesting a hearing and ask him to continue his
22-45 31st St.
Astoria, NY 11105
- Stay tuned for the hearing
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