DOT Amendment to Bicycles in Office Buildings rule

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Local Laws 105 and 107 for the year 2016 amended Article 504 of Chapter 5 of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code and became effective on September 28, 2016. This rule amends the existing rules relating to bicycle access in office buildings as set forth in Section 2-19 of Chapter 2 of Title 34 of the Rules of the City of New York, and reflects the changes adopted by Local Laws 105 and 107. In general, it was the purpose of these new laws to expand the opportunities for people to use bikes in New York City.

The amendments to Section 2-19 of Chapter 2 of Title 34 are as follows:

• Section 2-19(a) is amended by deleting definitions of “accessible level” and “control”, and adding new definitions of “foldable bicycle” and “owner”.

• Section 2-19(b) is amended by adding new requirements for the bicycle access plan, such as providing at least one freight elevator that enhances the opportunities for residents to transport their bicycles to and from buildings.

• Section 2-19(c), (d), (e) and (g) are amended by updating requirements for amendments to a bicycle access plan, exceptions to the requirement of providing a bicycle access plan, exception or denial determination and the filing of a bicycle access plan.

• Section 2-19(f) is amended by adding new requirements regarding posting of a bicycle access plan indicating when other tenants or subtenants are entitled to access.

• Section 2-19(h) and (i) are amended by adding new provisions regarding foldable bicycle access and emergencies that restrict bicycles or foldable bicycles from being transported.

• Section 2-19(j) is amended by adding a new provision regarding a building owner’s ability to restrict or limit bicycle access under the bicycle access plan, if an owner is issued a violation that results from storage of a bicycle in an area of such building that is under the control of a tenant or subtenant.