senate Bill S1031

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the New York State bicycle tourism promotion act

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S1031 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Economic Development Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 21 §§500 - 505, Ec Dev L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2702A
2009-2010: S1331

S1031 - Bill Texts

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Enacts the New York State bicycle tourism promotion act; authorizes the issuance of grants for the purchase of equipment and operation of a bicycle tourism kiosk; authorizes the establishment of up to fifteen such kiosks.

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BILL NUMBER:S1031

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the New
York State bicycle tourism promotion act

PURPOSE:
The purpose of this bill is to create the New York Bicycle
Tourism Promotion Act, which will allow for the establishment of
bicycle kiosks in local communities designed for rental to tourists.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill creates the New York
Tourism promotion Act as a new Article 21 in the Economic
Development Law as follows:

§500 titles the act the New York Bicycle Tourism Promotion Act;

§501 provides for the legislative intent;

§502 defines the term "bicycle tourism kiosk";

§503 provides for the administration of the program by the Department
of Economic Development, and allows the Department to contract with a
statewide not-for-profit for the purposes of identifying and
establishing bicycle kiosks;

§504 provides for grants to open and operate bicycle kiosk, up to
$20,000; and,

§505 requires that the Department of Economic Development shall review
the program six months after awarding grants.

Section 2 of the bill provide for an immediate effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
Bicycle tourism continues to increase in New York State
on an annual basis. Initiatives such as the annual bike trek along
the Erie Canal have grown to capacity in the past five years. As more
and more travelers seek to actively participate in their vacations,
and localized heritage tourism destinations increase, the need to
accommodate these travelers is essential.

This legislation will provide a mechanism for the State to collaborate
with local tourism entities and local governments in order to
facilitate bicycle tourism.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2005-06: A.7419 Morelle
2008: S.8141 Serrano - Referred to Tourism, Recreation, and
Sports Development
2009-10: Senate Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
Parks and Recreation
2011-12: S.2702A Senate - Referred to Commerce, Economic
Development, and Small Business


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Up to fifteen kiosks at $20,000 totaling $300,000
may be funded from existing or future appropriations.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
Immediately.

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

                                  1031

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SERRANO, ADAMS, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and  when  printed  to  be  committed  to  the  Committee  on
  Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business

AN  ACT  to  amend the economic development law, in relation to creating
  the New York State bicycle tourism promotion act

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

  Section  1.  The  economic  development law is amended by adding a new
article 21 to read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 21
              NEW YORK STATE BICYCLE TOURISM PROMOTION ACT
SECTION 500. SHORT TITLE.
        501. STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
        502. DEFINITIONS.
        503. ADMINISTRATION.
        504. GRANTS FOR LOCAL BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK.
        505. PROGRAM REVIEW.
  S 500. SHORT TITLE. THIS ACT SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE  CITED  AS  THE
NEW YORK STATE BICYCLE TOURISM PROMOTION ACT.
  S 501. STATEMENT  OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY RECOG-
NIZES THE ROLE THAT CYCLING PLAYS IN LOCAL TOURISM. INCREASINGLY,  BICY-
CLES  ARE  UTILIZED  BY  TRAVELERS TO EXPLORE LOCAL COMMUNITIES, OR AS A
METHOD OF TRAVEL THROUGH THE  STATE.  AS  BICYCLES  HELP  EXPAND  TRAVEL
DESTINATIONS,  AND ADD TO EXPERIENCE BASED TOURISM, THE STATE SHOULD ACT
TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH IN THIS SECTOR. IT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS LEGIS-
LATION TO ESTABLISH A  WORKING  FLEET  OF  RENTAL  BIKES  AT  CONVENTION
BUREAUS, VISITOR CENTERS AND POINTS OF INTEREST THAT ARE HEAVILY VISITED
BY  TOURISTS  AND PROFESSIONALS. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEGISLATURE WISHES TO
PROVIDE A MECHANISM TO CONNECT VISITING PROFESSIONALS AND TRAVELERS WITH
INFORMATION AND MAPS OF BICYCLING ROUTES AND DESTINATION POINTS.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD00551-01-3

S. 1031                             2

  S 502. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ACT, "BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK" SHALL
MEAN A CENTRAL LOCATION EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY  TOURISTS  WHERE  BICYCLES,
BICYCLING  SAFETY  EQUIPMENT  AND A LOCAL BICYCLE ROUTE MAP ARE PROVIDED
FOR RENTAL AND USE.
  S 503. ADMINISTRATION.  1.  THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ADOPT GUIDELINES FOR,
AND ADMINISTER A PROGRAM TO PROMOTE BICYCLE TOURISM  IN  LOCAL  COMMUNI-
TIES. IN DOING SO, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL:
  (A)  SOLICIT  AND  ACCEPT PROPOSALS FROM LOCAL TOURISM PROMOTION AGEN-
CIES, CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAUS AND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE TO  IDEN-
TIFY POTENTIAL BICYCLE ROUTES AND HOST A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK;
  (B)  EVALUATE  THOSE  PROPOSALS TO ENSURE THAT PROPOSED BICYCLE ROUTES
WILL PROVIDE TRAVELERS WITH AN ADEQUATE EXPERIENCE BASED ON THE PROXIMI-
TY OF POINTS OF INTEREST AND TOURISM  ATTRACTIONS  TO  PROPOSED  BICYCLE
ROUTES; AND
  (C)  PROVIDE THAT NO BICYCLES SHALL BE RENTED WITHOUT ALSO PROVIDING A
BICYCLE HELMET, OR HAVING BEEN PROVIDED  THAT  THE  PERSON  RENTING  THE
BICYCLE HAS IN HIS OR HER POSSESSION A HELMET TO BE USED WHILE OPERATING
SUCH BICYCLE.
  2.  THE  DEPARTMENT  MAY  APPROVE  UP TO FIFTEEN PROPOSALS TO CREATE A
LOCAL BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK.
  3. NOTHING SHALL PROHIBIT  THE  DEPARTMENT  FROM  CONTRACTING  WITH  A
STATEWIDE  BICYCLING ORGANIZATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF IDENTIFYING POTEN-
TIAL AREAS FOR A BICYCLE TOURISM PROGRAM, EVALUATING PROPOSALS SUBMITTED
TO THE DEPARTMENT AND LOCALLY ADMINISTERING GRANTS PROVIDED  UNDER  THIS
ARTICLE.
  S  504.  GRANTS  FOR  LOCAL  BICYCLE  TOURISM  KIOSK. 1. FROM EXISTING
AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR TOURISM PROMOTION, AND ANY OTHER AMOUNTS APPRO-
PRIATED FOR THE PROGRAM, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE GRANTS TO  TOURISM
PROMOTION  AGENCIES,  CONVENTIONS  AND  VISITORS  BUREAUS,  CHAMBERS  OF
COMMERCE, OR A LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT AND OPERA-
TION OF A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK.
  2. THE DEPARTMENT MAY CONTRACT WITH A STATEWIDE BICYCLING ORGANIZATION
TO ADMINISTER GRANTS PROVIDED UNDER THIS ARTICLE.
  3. NO SINGLE GRANT MAY EXCEED TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.
  4. ELIGIBLE USES  FOR  GRANTS  PROVIDED  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  ARE  AS
FOLLOWS:
  (A)  FOR  THE  PURCHASE  OF  BICYCLES,  HELMETS, LOCKS, BICYCLE TOOLS,
STATIONARY BICYCLE RACKS, AND ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO  MAINTAIN
AND PROVIDE SAFE BICYCLE RENTALS;
  (B)  FOR  PERSONAL  SERVICE COSTS, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT SUCH PERSONAL
SERVICE COSTS SHALL NOT EXCEED NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER GRANT;
  (C) FOR ANY OTHER COSTS NECESSARY TO LEASE OR PURCHASE SPACE TO  OPER-
ATE A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK; AND
  (D)  FOR  REASONABLE  NON-PERSONAL  SERVICE  COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK.
  S 505. PROGRAM REVIEW. THE DEPARTMENT  SHALL,  SIX  MONTHS  AFTER  THE
AWARDING  OF GRANTS UNDER THIS ARTICLE, CAUSE TO BE PRODUCED A REVIEW OF
THE PROGRAM. A REPORT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS  OF  THIS  PROGRAM  SHALL  BE
SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND SPEAK-
ER OF THE ASSEMBLY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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