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July 31, 2009

NYC REQUIRES BIKE SPACE IN COMMERICIAL BUILDINGS

NY Times - Cubicles around the city may be getting a little rounder now that the City Council has approved a bill requiring commercial building owners and managers to provide access for bicycles.

The law passed with a vote of 46 to 1. It takes effect in 120 days and requires buildings with freight elevators to allow employees to bring their bikes upstairs. "It shall be assumed that if a freight elevator is available for carrying freight, it is available for carrying bicycles," the law reads. . .

The law is a leap forward for advocates of cycling. In the past, riders have largely negotiated access to elevators and ad hoc storage areas on a piecemeal basis. The result was that few bikes made it into the workplace.

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