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Bikes In Buildings   Bicycle Access Program  
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A building is subject to the provisions of the Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law if:
  • Its main occupancy is offices;
  • It has a freight elevator; and
  • A tenant/subtenant requests bicycle access.
 

If you have received a Tenant Request for Bicycle Access, use the Index Number associated with that request to complete a Bicycle Access Plan or an Exception Request. The Index Number can be found in the upper right hand corner of the Tenant Request. Contact us with questions or concerns by email or 311, if an Index Number does not appear or if you can’t find it.

 

A Bicycle Access Plan must be completed by the building’s Owner. It must provide information about the pathway for cyclists to enter the building, including the entry and exit, route to freight or passenger elevator, and hours of freight elevator operation (if usage of a freight elevator is included in the Bicycle Access Plan). Information about supplementary bicycle parking on an accessible floor may also be included in the Bicycle Access Plan.

 

The Bicycle Access Plan must be posted in the building lobby no more than 35 days after the Tenant Request is received. Bicycle Access Plans MUST be submitted to the Department of Transportation either electronically or by mail to 55 Water Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10041, Attn. Bikes in Buildings Program within 40 days of receipt of the Tenant Request for Bicycle Access

 
Click here to go to the Bicycle Access Plan.
 
An Exception Request may only be made if
  • The building’s freight elevator is not available for use because unique circumstances exist involving substantial safety risks directly related to the use of such elevator; or
  • There is sufficient, secure, alternate, no-cost, indoor or covered off-street bicycle parking available either on the premises or within three blocks or 750 feet, whichever is less.
 

An Exception Request MUST be sent by USPS certified mail, return receipt requested to the Department of Transportation, 55 Water Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10041, Attn. Bikes in Buildings Program within 15 days of receipt of the Tenant Request for Bicycle Access in order to comply with the law. You are also required to provide the tenant with a copy of your Exception Request within 30 days of receiving the Tenant Request.

 
Click here to go to the Exception Request.
 
An additional Tenant Request or a change in circumstances (for example, a renovation that reconfigures the layout of the lobby) may require you to amend your bicycle access plan(s) or request an exception(s).
 
Contact us with questions or concerns by email or 311.
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