Cyclists Go After John Liu Over Yassky’s Bill

Tensions surfaced this week between members of the city’s cycling community and Councilman John Liu over a piece of legislation—the Bicycle Access to Buildings Bill—that has yet to make it out of the City Council Transportation Committee, which Liu chairs.

The bill, which was first introduced back in 2003 and has resurfaced in various incarnations since then, would require office buildings to let tenants store bikes in the buildings, hence encouraging more people to commute to work by bike, hence advancing the bike-friendly, semi-car-hostile transportation agenda being pushed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn.

The bill was expected to be voted out of the transportation committee on Tuesday afternoon and passed by the full City Council the following day. But that didn’t happen. A spokesman for Councilman David Yassky, who originally authored the bill–and, not insignificantly, is Mr. Liu’s opponent in the 2009 city comptroller race–told Streetsblog on Tuesday: “The bill has been laid on council members’ desks for eight days, which is typically what is done before a bill comes before the full council. That was done with the anticipation that it would be voted out of the transportation committee today.”

Read the rest of the article on NYFi. (The rally at which Mr. Liu supported the bill is described there.)

Cyclists Go After John Liu Over Yassky’s Bill