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Updates from City Council meeting on Bikes in Buildings Bill

Thanks to Ben Fried and Streetsblog.org for the steadfast reporting…

Quick Hits From Yesterday’s Bikes in Buildings Hearing

by Ben Fried

Due to popular demand, here’s a quick rundown of yesterday’s transportation committee hearing in City Council on the Bikes in Buildings Bill. More details to follow.

* There was no vote. The general sense is that the bill needs some fine-tuning but enjoys majority support. (TA says 26 votes have been lined up.) There will be a second committee hearing, probably in January, at which a vote can be expected.
* Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Rohit Aggarwala from the mayor’s sustainability office, and City Planning officials testified in favor. So did Paul White of TA, Kyle Wiswall from TSTC, and Josh Nachowitz from NYLCV.
* A REBNY member and real estate broker testified in favor, as did the owner of a building on Grand Street and developers Two Trees Management and Jonathan Rose (the developers submitted written testimony).
* About 10 commuting cyclists also testified in favor.
* Testimony against the bill came from REBNY, the Building Owners and Managers Association, and a woman who wants to ban bicycles from the island of Manhattan.

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