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Bicycles are required to be allowed in office buildings in NYC

Posted on | December 10, 2009 | No Comments

bikeThis week is green buildings policy week at the Toeprint Project!

Yesterday, the City Council passed the Greener Greater Buildings Plan including 4 new laws requiring Energy Audits and Retrocommissioning for buildings over 50,000 SF, Benchmarking, the creation of a NYC Energy Code and new requirement about lighting upgrades and submetering.

More about this in detail tomorrow.

Tomorrow is also the day that the new law (local law 52 of 2009) goes into effect requiring commercial buildings to provide access to employees who request to bring their bikes into the building.

This is how it will work.

Starting tomorrow, a tenant can download a form from the DOB website  for use in requesting access for the number of bikes it would like to accommodate in its office space.

The Building Owner or Manager will either:

Implement and post a Bicycle Access Plan that allows the Tenant’s employees to bring bikes into the Tenant’s office space within 30 days of receipt of Tenant Request


Request an exception due to A) alternate bicycle parking facilities or B) safety concerns related to the building’s freight elevator(s) within 15 days of receipt of Tenant Request.

If the Building Owner or Manager submits an Exception Request, the Tenant or Subtenant should receive notification from the Building Owner or Manager within 30 days of the Tenant Request. Otherwise, a Bicycle Access Plan or a notice of its availability should be posted in the building’s lobby within 35 days of the Tenant Request.

Happy riding to work!


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