Office Buildings Get Their Wheels On

banana seat bike charm
banana seat bike charm

Pull your pink banana-seat bicycle from the storage unit - it's time to roll.

More New Yorkers will be able to commute to work by bicycle thanks to The Bicycle Access to Office Buildings Law that goes in effect Friday, Dec. 11.

Referred to as the "Bikes in Buildings" law it aims to increase bicycle commuting by providing cyclists with secure bike parking in or close to their workplaces.The law, signed by Mayor Bloomberg in August, only applies to commercial office buildings with at least one freight elevator. It does not apply to residential buildings.

The program will be jointly overseen by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Buildings (DOB).

According to the program's press release commuting by bike has grown 26 percent in just the last year alone. DOT's strategic plan to double 2007 bike commuting levels by 2012 and to triple them by 2017.

Here's what "Bikes in Buildings" could demonstrate to commercial building owners in other cities...