Leaner and Greener: Millman Sponsors Legislation to Promote Bicycling

May 15, 2006
Brooklyn, NY – As more and more residents turn to the bicycle as their primary means of transportation, Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman has introduced A.11101-A, legislation that would require owners and managers of New York City’s buildings to provide secure bicycle storage facilities for their tenants, business employers and their employees.

The bill originated in response to a constituent who rode her bicycle to work during the 2006 MTA transit strike and was sent home because the building where she worked did not provide secure storage facilities for the bicycle. As the state legislature discusses how to cap the rising cost of gasoline, implements energy-saving strategies, and tries to address the problem of childhood and adult obesity, bicycles are a true transportation and health-conscious alternative.

This bill also complements the 400 miles of a proposed 900 mile bicycle transportation network New York City’s Department of Transportation and Department of Planning have been implementing since 1994. This bill completes the cycle by requiring building owners and management companies to provide secure bicycle storage facilities for their tenants, business employers and their employees.

“Cyclists should not be discouraged but applauded for making the switch to a cleaner and healthier commute,” said Assemblywoman Millman, “and building owners are a significant component in that process. If we can make it easier for New Yorkers to bike to work, then we are all helping to make this city greener and leaner.”