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Felix Salmon

Bringing my bike into my building

By Felix Salmon
July 30, 2009

The good news is that the bikes-in-buildings law passed yesterday, by 46 votes to 1, and will come into effect in 120 days’ time: Ben Fried calls this “the biggest legislative victory ever achieved by bicycle advocates in New York City”.

But does this mean my battle is won? Not necessarily. Before the building needs to open up its freight elevator to my bike, my employer — Thomson Reuters — needs to file with the landlord a formal “request for bicycle access”:

The tenant or subtenant of a building to which this article is applicable may request in writing, on a form provided by the department of transportation, that the owner, lessee, manager or other person who controls such building complete a bicycle access plan in accordance with section 28-504.3. Such request shall be sent to the owner, lessee, manager or other person who controls such building by certified mail, return receipt requested, and a copy of the request shall be filed with the department of transportation.

You can guess what happens after that — suffice to say that it’s a very bureaucratic process. But in any case I now need to work out who at Thomson Reuters is even authorized to file such a request. And then I need to work out how to get them to file it. And then I need to whom to talk to about finding an out-of-the-way corner of the 18th floor which I could use to store my bike during the day. My guess is that a best-case scenario has me happily wheeling my bike in to my office at roughly the same time that New York temperatures drop well below freezing. Ah well.

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see, when you own your own building, you don’t have landlords making stupid rules about not being able to bring your bike inside. Are they worried about grease dripping from the chain or something?

So how much is being able to bring your bike inside worth, when you make the buy vs. rent decision?

Posted by KenG | Report as abusive
 

It’s a shame Felix, that legislation is needed to further a very good habit: Biking to work. My hope is that our facilities group (led by Chris Staal) will pick up on this, speed the communication/ planning process with bldg mgn’t- Rudin.

Posted by Matt | Report as abusive
 

i feel your pain, felix. i work on the 15th floor where there are NO quiet corners. i don’t see thomson reuters establishing cycle storage any time soon…

Posted by rhonda | Report as abusive
 

Felix, be bold: Fill out, sign, and send the Bicycle Request for Access yourself.

Posted by Alan | Report as abusive
 

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