Bill Text: NY K00404 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 17, 2019, as Bike to Work Day in the State of New York

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-05-15 - adopted [K00404 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-K00404-Introduced.html

Assembly Resolution No. 404

BY: M. of A. Malliotakis

        MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
        May  17,  2019,  as Bike to Work Day in the State of
        New York

  WHEREAS, It is the custom of  this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize
official  days  that  are set aside to increase awareness of issues that
affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and

  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and  in  full  accord  with  its
long-standing  traditions,  it  is the sense of this Legislative Body to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 17, 2019,  as  Bike
to Work Day in the State of New York, in conjunction with the observance
of National Bike Month; and

  WHEREAS,  May  is  National  Bike  Month, sponsored by the League of
American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities coast to coast; and

  WHEREAS, Established in 1956, National Bike Month  is  a  chance  to
showcase  the many benefits of bicycling and to encourage more people to
give it a try; and

  WHEREAS, National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of
events in communities nationwide but the biggest day  of  the  month  is
Bike to Work Day; and

  WHEREAS, The mission of National Bike Month is to support a safe and
healthy  transportation  alternative  that  is  paramount  to  achieving
sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in New York State; and

  WHEREAS, For more than a century, the bicycle has been an  important
part of the lives of most Americans; today, millions of Americans engage
in  bicycling  as  an  environmentally  sound form of transportation, an
excellent form of fitness, and quality family recreation; and

  WHEREAS, Biking is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise  you
need, without having to find extra time to work out; and

  WHEREAS,  Biking is green; it reduces your carbon footprint, reduces
traffic congestion and can save you money; when bicycling is substituted
for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not  emitted
into the atmosphere, and 10 bikes can park in the space used by a single
motor vehicle; and

  WHEREAS, More than half of our nation's population lives within five
miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get
to  work;  with  increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic
transportation options, it is not surprising that, from  2000  to  2013,
the  number  of bicycle commuters in the United States grew by more than
62%; and

  WHEREAS, Among the 51 largest U.S. cities, 43 hosted  Bike  to  Work
Day  events  in 2010; many people who participate in Bike to Work Day as
first-time commuters, become regular bike commuters; and

  WHEREAS,  Biking  is  healthy; active employees are more alert, take
fewer sick days, and are more productive; and

  WHEREAS, Bicycle commuters get to work on time more  often  and  are
happier  and  more  productive;  80% of people who switch from sedentary
commuting to cycling  improve  their  heart,  lungs  and  blood  vessels
greatly in 6-8 weeks; and

  WHEREAS, Furthermore, over 66% of the adult United States population
is  overweight  and  32%  of  our  nation  is obese, costing America $68
billion in health care and personal costs annually; and

  WHEREAS, Medical research has proven that a minimum of 30 minutes of
moderate physical activity three days a week can reduce the incidence of
heart disease, obesity, diabetes and  hypertension  and  improve  mental
health and cardio-vascular fitness; and

  WHEREAS,  Biking is fun and biking to work builds morale, encourages
camaraderie, and is a great way to get active in your community; and

  WHEREAS, It is essential that there be greater public  awareness  of
the  benefits  to  bicycling,  and  all New Yorkers are urged to bike to
work, or try cycling for fun, for fitness, even for transportation; now,
therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 17, 2019, as Bike
to Work Day in the State of New York; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That a copy of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.