senate Bill S2265A

Provides bicycle access to public office buildings

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  • 15 / Jan / 2013
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  • 01 / Feb / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT
  • 12 / Mar / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
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  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL INVESTMENT
  • 10 / Feb / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2265A
  • 20 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Provides bicycle access to public office buildings for state employees, contractors and visitors; requires the commissioner of general services to make an inventory of all existing bicycle parking and storage facilities at all state office buildings and office buildings in which the state leases or occupies space.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A5304A
Versions:
S2265
S2265A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Public Buildings Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง11, Pub Bldg L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S625A, A5243A
2009-2010: S6149, A9543

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BILL NUMBER:S2265A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public buildings law, in relation
to bicycle access to public office buildings

PURPOSE: To encourage the use of bicycles by establishing a program
for the provision and promotion of safe and secure bicycle parking at
state office buildings.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 11 of the public
buildings law to expand on the existing bicycle parking pilot. program
at state office buildings in Albany, New York.

Subdivision 1 recognizes the role in which bicycles can serve as
valuable transportation mode with energy conservation, health,
physical fitness, and environmental benefits and declares it the
official policy of the state to provide for adequate and safe bicycle
facilities, including the use of present facilities for safe and
secure bicycle parking and storage, be included in the planning,
development, construction or re-construction of all state facilities.

Subdivision 2 clarifies the role of the Commissioner of General
Services in undertaking a program for the provision and promotion of
safe and secure bicycle parking facilities at state office buildings
for state employees and visitors at such buildings, within two years
of the effective date of this act. The commissioner must make an
inventory of all existing bicycle parking and storage facilities at
all state office buildings in which the state leases or occupies space
and which have over 50 state employees or in which the visitation rate
by the general public is an average of over 500 visitors per month.

Subdivision 3 explains that, once the inventory has been completed,
the commissioner has 18 months to develop a plan to expand bicycle
parking facilities to encourage the use of such facilities by state
employees and the general public. To encourage the use of bicycles by
state employees and visitors, the plan must contain and address the
following elements: (a) the inventory must be ranked from highest to
lowest based on existing unfulfilled demand while considering
increased future demand; (b) in urban settings, a plan must be
developed to secure ample covered and uncovered off street or
alternate indoor parking; (c) adequate posting must be provided to
encourage utilization of parking and storage facilities; (d) a
marketing plan and community outreach effort must be provided; and (e)
other elements as the commissioner deems appropriate.

Subdivision 4 stipulates the role of the Office of General Services
(OGS) in consulting and cooperating with the NYSDOT regional bicycle
coordinator, local bicycle planning groups, and other organizations
interested in the study. All other departments, divisions, boards,
bureaus or commissions must help the office carry out its
responsibilities by providing assistance and data upon request.

Subdivision 5 lays forth the requirement for bicycle parking to comply
with any applicable building and fire codes.

Subdivision 6 establishes a temporary bicycle commuting task force to
examine the development of sheltered bicycle parking in public spaces.


The task force shall be comprised of nine members, five of which are
appointed by the governor, and the other four by various members of
the New York State Legislature. The chairperson of the task force
shall be the Commissioner of General Services; members of the task
force shall serve without compensation and meet when deemed necessary
by the chair.

Within 18 months of its establishment, the task force shall issue a
report to the governor and offer suggestions on expanding the OGS to
local, municipal, and private office buildings. The report shall be
posted the website of each state agency involved, and the task force
shall cease to exist after 3 months after the issuance of its report.

JUSTIFICATION: By building on New York's existing pilot program, the
bill expands parking facilities to support bicycle commuters and
visitors of public office buildings. The measure is intended to
improve public health and physical fitness, reduce carbon emissions,
provide a cheaper commute and build towards a sustainable
transportation infrastructure.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2010: S.6149 Reported and Committed to
Finance - A.9543, Referred to Governmental Operations, S. 625 of 2012

EFFECTIVE DATE: 180 days after it shall have become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 2265--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sens. KLEIN, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, SAMPSON, SAVINO -- read
  twice and ordered printed, and when printed to  be  committed  to  the
  Committee  on  Investigations and Government Operations -- recommitted
  to the Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment  in  accord-
  ance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT to amend the public buildings law, in relation to bicycle access
  to public office buildings

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 11 of the public buildings law, as added by chapter
819  of  the laws of 1987 and subdivision 2 as amended by chapter 126 of
the laws of 1988, is amended to read as follows:
  S 11. [Pilot program] PROGRAM  of  bicycle  parking  facilities.    1.
Legislative finding. In recognition of the role which bicycles can serve
as  a  valuable  transportation  mode  with energy conservation, health,
PHYSICAL FITNESS and environmental benefits, it is hereby declared to be
the policy of the state that provision for  adequate  and  safe  bicycle
facilities  including  the use of present facilities for safe and secure
bicycle  parking  be  included  in  the  planning  [and],   development,
CONSTRUCTION OR RECONSTRUCTION of all state facilities.
  2.  (a) The commissioner of general services shall undertake a [pilot]
program for THE provision and promotion of safe and secure bicycle park-
ing facilities at state office buildings FOR STATE EMPLOYEES  AND  VISI-
TORS AT SUCH BUILDINGS. The commissioner[, within one year of the enact-
ment  of  this  section,]  OF  GENERAL  SERVICES  shall  provide, at the
principal office buildings under  his  OR  HER  superintendence  at  the
Nelson  A.  Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany[, New York], secure
bicycle parking facilities for use by employees and visitors.  PROVIDED,
FURTHER, THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL MAKE AN  INVEN-
TORY  OF  ALL  EXISTING  BICYCLE  PARKING FACILITIES AT ALL STATE OFFICE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06596-02-4

S. 2265--A                          2

BUILDINGS AND OFFICE BUILDINGS IN WHICH THE  STATE  LEASES  OR  OCCUPIES
SPACE. SUCH INVENTORY SHALL BE MADE ONLY OF STATE OWNED OR LEASED BUILD-
INGS  OR  OFFICES  WHICH HAVE OVER FIFTY STATE EMPLOYEES LOCATED AT SUCH
SITE  OR IN WHICH THE VISITATION RATE BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS OVER FIVE
HUNDRED VISITORS, ON AVERAGE, EACH  MONTH.  SUCH  INVENTORY  OF  BICYCLE
PARKING  AND  STORAGE  FACILITIES SHALL BE COMPLETED WITHIN TWO YEARS OF
THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO  THOUSAND  FOURTEEN
WHICH AMENDED THIS SECTION.
  (b)  The commissioner OF GENERAL SERVICES is also authorized, within a
reasonable period and where feasible, to provide suitable support facil-
ities including clothing lockers, showers and changing  facilities,  and
to charge a reasonable use fee.
  (c) For the purpose of this section, the term "bicycle parking facili-
ty"  means a device or enclosure, located within a building or installa-
tion, or conveniently  adjacent  thereto,  that  is  easily  accessible,
clearly  visible  and  so  located as to minimize the danger of theft of
bicycles. Such a device shall consist of  a  parking  rack,  locker,  or
other  device constructed to enable the frame and both wheels of a bicy-
cle to be secured with ease by use of a padlock in a  manner  that  will
minimize  the  risk of theft, or an enclosure which limits access to the
bicycles and is under observation by an attendant.
  3. UPON COMPLETION OF A STATE OFFICE BUILDING BICYCLE PARKING  FACILI-
TIES  INVENTORY PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS
SECTION, THE COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES SHALL DEVELOP  A  PLAN  TO
EXPAND  BICYCLE PARKING TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF SUCH FACILITIES BY STATE
EMPLOYEES AND THE GENERAL  PUBLIC  THAT  PATRONIZE  SUCH  FACILITIES  TO
CONDUCT  PUBLIC  BUSINESS.  SUCH PLAN SHALL BE COMPLETED WITHIN EIGHTEEN
MONTHS AFTER FINALIZATION OF THE PARKING FACILITIES INVENTORY. SUCH PLAN
MAY CONTAIN AND  ADDRESS  THE  FOLLOWING  ELEMENTS  TO  ENCOURAGE  STATE
EMPLOYEES AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO USE BICYCLES MORE FREQUENTLY AT EACH
STATE OFFICE BUILDING FACILITY OR LEASED PREMISES:
  (A)  THE  INVENTORY OF BICYCLE PARKING FACILITIES SHALL BE RANKED FROM
HIGHEST TO LOWEST BASED ON THE  EXISTING  UNFULFILLED  DEMAND  FOR  SUCH
FACILITIES  AT  STATE OFFICE BUILDINGS. SUCH RANKING SHALL ALSO CONSIDER
INCREASED FUTURE DEMAND OR THE POTENTIAL FOR INCREASED FUTURE DEMAND  OF
SUCH PARKING AND STORAGE FACILITIES;
  (B)  IN  URBAN  SETTINGS,  THERE  SHOULD BE A PLAN TO DEVELOP AN AMPLE
SUPPLY OF SECURE OFF-STREET BICYCLE PARKING OR ALTERNATE INDOOR  PARKING
OR STORAGE FOR SUCH BICYCLES;
  (C)  ADEQUATE  POSTING  OF  SUCH  BICYCLE  PARKING FACILITIES SHALL BE
PROVIDED FOR AND PLACED AROUND SUCH STATE OFFICE  BUILDING  FACILITY  TO
ENCOURAGE  UTILIZATION OF SUCH PARKING FACILITIES BY STATE EMPLOYEES AND
THE GENERAL PUBLIC;
  (D) A MARKETING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH PLAN  SHOULD  PROVIDE  FOR  THE
DISSEMINATION  OF  INFORMATION  TO  STATE  EMPLOYEES,  VISITORS TO STATE
OFFICE BUILDINGS, AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO ENCOURAGE INDIVIDUALS  TO
USE BICYCLES WHEN TRAVELING TO SUCH BUILDINGS OR FACILITIES; AND
  (E)  THE  COMMISSIONER OF GENERAL SERVICES MAY INCLUDE AND ADDRESS ANY
OTHER ELEMENT IN THE PLAN AS HE OR SHE DEEMS APPROPRIATE.
  4. In undertaking such [pilot] program, the office OF GENERAL SERVICES
shall:  (a) Consult with and cooperate with (i) [the  statewide  bicycle
advisory  council,  (ii)] the [New York state] department of transporta-
tion regional bicycle coordinator[, (iii)]; (II) local bicycle  planning
groups[,];  and  [(iv)]  (III) persons, organizations, and groups served
by, interested in, or concerned with the area under study.

S. 2265--A                          3

  (b) Request and receive from any department, division, board,  bureau,
commission  or  other  agency  of the state or any political subdivision
thereof or any public authority, any  assistance  and  data  as  may  be
necessary  to  enable  the  office  OF GENERAL SERVICES to carry out its
responsibilities under this section.
  [(c)  On  or before the first day of January, nineteen hundred eighty-
nine, a report shall be submitted to the governor  and  the  legislature
which shall include a determination of usage levels, a statement outlin-
ing  first  year  progress  and the elements of a statewide plan for the
provision of such facilities.]
  5. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO REQUIRE THE STATE  OR
THE OWNER, LESSEE, MANAGER OR OTHER PERSON WHO IS IN CONTROL OF A BUILD-
ING  GOVERNED  BY  THIS  SECTION TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR STORED BICYCLES AT
SUCH BUILDING OR BROUGHT INTO SUCH BUILDING OR TO PERMIT A BICYCLE TO BE
PARKED IN A MANNER THAT VIOLATES BUILDING OR FIRE  CODES  OR  ANY  OTHER
APPLICABLE  LAW,  RULE  OR  CODE,  OR WHICH OTHERWISE IMPEDES INGRESS OR
EGRESS TO SUCH BUILDING.
  6. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED  A  TEMPORARY  BICYCLE  COMMUTING  TASK
FORCE  TO EXAMINE THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHELTERED BICYCLE PARKING IN PUBLIC
SPACES.
  (A) SUCH TASK FORCE SHALL BE COMPRISED OF NINE MEMBERS, INCLUDING  THE
COMMISSIONER  OF  GENERAL  SERVICES, THE COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION,
THE COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND THE  COMMISSIONER  OF  PARKS  AND
RECREATION  OR  A DESIGNEE OF ANY SUCH COMMISSIONERS. THE REMAINING FOUR
MEMBERS SHALL CONSIST OF A GROUP OF MUNICIPAL PLANNERS, BICYCLE  ASSOCI-
ATION  REPRESENTATIVES,  BUILDING CONTRACTORS AND ENGINEERS.  THEY SHALL
BE APPOINTED AS FOLLOWS: ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE  TEMPORARY
PRESIDENT  OF  THE SENATE; ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY
LEADER OF THE SENATE; ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY  THE  SPEAKER  OF
THE  ASSEMBLY;  AND ONE MEMBER SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE MINORITY LEADER
OF THE ASSEMBLY.
  (B) THE CHAIR OF THE TEMPORARY BICYCLE COMMUTING TASK FORCE  SHALL  BE
THE  COMMISSIONER  OF GENERAL SERVICES. MEMBERS OF THE TEMPORARY BICYCLE
COMMUTING TASK FORCE SHALL SERVE WITHOUT  COMPENSATION  AND  SHALL  MEET
WHEN DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE CHAIR.
  (C)  WITHIN  EIGHTEEN  MONTHS  OF THE TEMPORARY BICYCLE COMMUTING TASK
FORCE'S ESTABLISHMENT, SUCH TASK FORCE  SHALL  ISSUE  A  REPORT  TO  THE
GOVERNOR  AND  THE  LEGISLATURE.  SUCH  REPORT SHALL INCLUDE, BUT NOT BE
LIMITED TO (I) AN ASSESSMENT OF THE DEMAND FOR SHELTERED BICYCLE PARKING
IN PUBLIC SPACES; (II) AN EXAMINATION OF  THE  MARKETING  AND  COMMUNITY
OUTREACH  EFFORTS  NEEDED  TO  ENCOURAGE  THE USE OF BICYCLES; AND (III)
RECOMMENDATIONS ON ESTABLISHING PARTNERSHIPS WITH  ENTITIES  TO  DEVELOP
BICYCLE PARKING FACILITIES IN PUBLIC SPACES.  SUCH REPORT SHALL BE POST-
ED  ON  THE  WEBSITE OF EACH STATE AGENCY THAT WAS A MEMBER OF SUCH TASK
FORCE WITHIN TWENTY DAYS FROM ITS SUBMISSION TO THE GOVERNOR. THE TEMPO-
RARY BICYCLE COMMUTING TASK FORCE SHALL  CEASE  TO  EXIST  THREE  MONTHS
AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF ITS REPORT.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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