Tuesday, November 11, 2008

City Proposal Would Require Bike Parking

The Bloomberg administration is proposing zoning regulations that would require bike parking facilities be created in all new large buildings.

The proposal will be subject to a public review period that begins next Monday, and would require enclosed and secure spaces for bikes in new multiresidential, commercial and institutional buildings, according to a report in the NY Post.

Despite the bike friendly face of the current administration, New York is still far behind many European cities in the protections, facilities and bike lanes it offers to cyclists.

For one, bike sharing programs abound in cities like Paris and Lyon, France. The bike sharing program in Barcelona, Spain, is offering third generation technology enabling riders to pay a yearly fee, and "loan" bikes with a credit card facsimile.

There are also programs in Pamplona, Spain; Rennes, France; and Düsseldorf, Germany. "Even Rome, whose narrow, cobbled streets and chaotic traffic would seem unsuited to pedaling, recently started a small trial program, Roma’n’Bike, which it plans to expand soon," reported the NY Times yesterday.

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