Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bike Parking Bill Needs Support at Tommorrow's Hearing!

If you live or work in a building that doesn’t provide bicycle parking, you know how hard it is to convince property managers to install racks. The lack of racks in buildings is a deterrent to many people who would otherwise bike to work. Today, a building can be certified as a LEED building and still offer inadequate or insufficient racks. Requiring bike racks to be installed when a new development is constructed is the most cost efficient way to improve safety and security for bicycle parking.

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On Wednesday, May 13th at 10am (Room 400), the City Council Rules Committee will consider a bicycle parking bill to amend the zoning code to require certain construction projects to install bicycle racks. This legislation was developed by the Nutter Administration in partnership with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, through the Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan Steering Committee. It was introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman James Kenny and Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. The bill is similar to those enacted by other peer cities, such as Washington DC, Chicago, Ill. and New York City.

If you want to testify in support of the bill, please contact Jason Lewis (jason.lewis@phila.gov ) in Councilwoman Reynolds Brown's office. Even if you would rather not testify, your presence at the hearing will be enormously helpful to show City Council members that this bill is supported by the public. Please come to the hearing to demonstrate public support for this measure.

Please pass on this post to any friends of colleagues who might be interested in coming to the hearing. For more information, contact:Sarah Clark Stuart Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia 215-546-1222 scspa@comcast.net