Tell the Mayor to implement emergency bicycling infrastructure

Mayor de Blasio has urged New Yorkers to “bike or walk if you can” in regards of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The mayor is right to encourage more bike commuting. But if the City’s message is simply to avoid crowded trains and stops short of making bicycling safe and accessible to all, we will end up with more people opting for cars, and congestion that paralyzes this city.

 We know that the primary reason New Yorkers choose not to bike is that they fear sharing streets with multi-ton motorized vehicles, followed by a lack of secure bicycle parking. The de Blasio administration has demonstrated leadership in advancing Vision Zero and installing more than 100 miles of protected bike lanes, but there are huge swathes of our city where there are no safe, dedicated routes for cycling.

In order to make biking to work a possibility for more New Yorkers, the mayor should be looking to take down these barriers, which include, but are not limited to: 

  • Create a zero tolerance policy on vehicles -- City-owned, private, or commercial -- blocking bike lanes, and cease any cycling-specific NYPD ticket stings.
  • Implement pop-up bike lanes that can be built immediately around the city, like those deployed during the UN General Assembly last September.
  • Quickly reconfigure key East River and Harlem River crossings, including creating a dedicated, separated cycling path on the Brooklyn and Queensboro bridges.
  • Fast-track permitting and construction of sidewalk and on-street bike parking, and require that office buildings allow employees to enter with bikes. 
  • Expedite the expansion of Citi Bike in underserved neighborhoods, roll out more stations and bike valets in Manhattan’s Central Business District, and subsidize a Citi Bike discount program to incentivize new riders.

Mr. Mayor, we stand in support of keeping New York moving amidst this health crisis and are ready to help in any way we can. 

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Mayor de Blasio
Mayor de Blasio,

It is right to encourage more bike commuting during the coronavirus outbreak. However, we need to make bicycling safe and accessible to all, otherwise we will end up with more people opting for cars, and congestion that paralyzes the city.

The primary reason New Yorkers choose not to bike is that they fear sharing streets with motorized vehicles, as well as a lack of secure bicycle parking. Your administration has demonstrated leadership in advancing Vision Zero and installing more than 100 protected bike lane miles, but there are still large swaths of our city where there are no safe, dedicated routes for cycling.

As a constituent, I am calling on you to implement the following changes to make biking to work a possibility for more New Yorkers:

Create a zero tolerance policy on vehicles -- City-owned, private, or commercial -- blocking bike lanes, and cease any cycling-specific NYPD ticket stings.

Implement pop-up bike lanes that can be built immediately around the city, like those deployed during the UN General Assembly last September.

Quickly reconfigure key East River and Harlem River crossings, including creating a dedicated, separated cycling path on the Brooklyn and Queensboro bridges.

Fast-track permitting and construction of sidewalk and on-street bike parking, and require that office buildings allow employees to enter with bikes.

Expedite the expansion of Citi Bike in underserved neighborhoods, roll out more stations and bike valets in Manhattan’s Central Business District, and subsidize a Citi Bike discount program to incentivize new riders.

Mr. Mayor, we stand in support of keeping New York moving amidst this health crisis and are ready to help in any way we can.
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