Today I had a dream. That one day buildings all over NYC will truly be free for cyclists.
It’s safe to say that cyclists don’t face the same hurdles like Dr. King and the freedom riders of Birmingham Alabama, with dogs and water cannons, but here in NYC we’ve got some strong obstacles to overcome.
An anonymous reader wrote in about having some friction with bringing his bike into his place of work. He wrote in:
The building I work in will only allow for bikes through the freight elevator (Iâ€™m aware that this is legit), however itâ€™s only open from 8-5. 90% of the employees in the building leave after 6pm. Hereâ€™s the biggest kick in the nuts, management wants to charge $75 per person if you choose to take your bike out of the building past 5pm! I asked if we could use the stairwell…â€nopeâ€. I asked, â€œwhat rights do the owners have to fine people?â€, no real answer to that either!
According to the new bikes in building law which took effect in the middle of December last year, commercial buildings in NYC with freight elevators are required to allow bikes access as long as their is a request from the tenants and an agreeable plan is drafted.
This was a huge milestone in getting the law on your side and strong steps closer to making more access for people who ride their bikes to work.
The goal of this group is to monitor and evaluate how this bill is being implemented and weather buildings are being agreeable or creating more friction. If there is positive usage of the bill, then let us know so other buildings can lead by example. If there are stories like the one from Prolly’s reader, then we need the hear about and launch a campaign of public ridicule that lets people know which buildings hate bikes and in my opinion, hate the environment. This way we can not only have the law on our side but the support of the cycling community as well.
Details of Saturday Night’s Frostbite race, from organizer Dan G.
“Dont Forget, This saturday Late Night Frostbite: Empire State. Tompkins
Square Park, 8PM registration, 10PM race. After Party at Bushwick
Country Club, Grand St. Brooklyn. Raffle, art and photos, tons of
sponsors. All proceeds go to the TKBMA, including the proceeds from
Jameson Whiskey and select pints. CMWC Tokyo Bike Frame up for raffle.
B there or miss out big time. Peace Dan G.”
Los Angeles ER doctor Christopher Thompson, has a new place to practice medicine…a jail cell. He was sentenced to five years in prison for deciding to use his car as a weapon and slam on the brakes in front of two road cyclists.
One of those, who suffered severe injuries is Ron Peterson, recently spoke out about the conviction.
“Cyclist Ron Peterson breathed a sigh of relief this week after a driver who deliberately slammed on his carâ€™s brakes in front of him, leaving him with horrific injuries, was jailed.
Los Angeles doctor Christopher Thompson was convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon (his car), battery with serious injury and reckless driving causing injury, and sentenced to five years in prison.”
hanks to everyone who has been coming out racing and supporting the bma so we can continue to make these events happen!
Blockley Pourhouse is a HUGE, amazing space so I hope we can get as many riders out as possible. Also they have really good food and some decent drink specials $2 Lionshead bottles, $3 Budlight Draft and $4 Jack Daniels.
Doors open at 2:30pm
$5 cover will include your registration if you choose to race, a spoke card, and a drink ticket! As always our sponsors have provided us with some outstanding prizes for those with the best times!
Very special thanks to:
RELOAD & CADENCE
January 14th, 2010 | Tags: pbma | Category: Events | Comments are closed
Ok, I can understand the police kicking someone out of private space where people are skateboarding, doing grinds on a bmx bike or in this case playing bike polo. But arresting a practicing bike polo team who’d been coming out for years and having them spend 11 hours in jail? Excessive.