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NYC Bike Parking Gets Real…Strict

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…in a good way.  From the AP:

The city is proposing bicycle parking rules that could be among the toughest in the nation, requiring one secure (read: lockable, weather protected) bike parking space for every two units in new apartment buildings and one space for every 7,500 square feet in new office buildings, as well as stores, hospitals, universities and parking garages.

“It will really transform the culture of the city, from a car-oriented city to a bike-oriented city,” Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden said.

The Planning Commission will vote on the new rules after a public comment period lasting several months. If approved, the regulations will become part of city zoning law.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2007 blueprint for a more sustainable city included a push for bike use, and the city expects to have 420 miles of bike lanes by June 2009…that’s only next year!  It’s inspiring to see one of the nation’s most car-centric cities getting serious about creating a bike culture simply by providing the infrastructure.  Get the full story here.

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