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MAS Welcomes Amendment Encouraging Cycling

bike stolen wheel sidewalk poleThe proposed city-wide bike parking text amendment, which mandates bike parking spaces in new residential, office and commercial development, including public parking garages, as well as community facilities, represents a positive and crucial step to making our city more sustainable. The Department of City Planning’s amendment is a welcome initiative as it addresses one of the major impediments to commuting: the lack of safe and secure places to park bikes. Apparently, 70,000 bike are stolen annually from city streets. So, as part of an overall strategy to increase adequate bike infrastructure in the city, increasing bike parking opportunities in new development projects city-wide is a welcome reform. We hope it will help persuade New Yorkers to ride their bikes not just recreationally, but as they go about their daily activities in the city. MAS welcomes reforms that support and encourage New Yorkers to think about and use their bikes as an alternate and more sustainable mode of transportation whether commuting to work, to school, or running errands. Click here for more information on alternative transportation advocacy in the city.