Greenpoint Gazette

BP Pedals Bikes for Brooklyn Pedestrians

BY Lauren Belski

With Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz tooting our Brooklynian horns over being the most progressive, bike-crazy borough, the BP himself decided it was high-time to add his own office to the list of do-greeners. On Wednesday, Markowitz joined NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Transportation Alternatives to celebrate the newest addition to their fleet of green transportation options for staff members on the move—two brand new, shiny Jamis Citizen bicycles.

The two bikes, both purchased from The Bike Shop in Carroll Gardens on Union and Columbia Street, cost the borough $1,020 and included helmets, locks, bells, and flashing safety lights. Staff members who use the bikes will be required to adorn themselves in the proper safety attire and log their miles, so that Brooklyn can keep track of Borough Hall’s contribution to chipping away the carbon footprint.

“Being ‘green’ starts at home—and that includes the home of City government,” said BP Markowitz. “By biking, Borough Hall staff can conserve energy, enjoy the beauty of Brooklyn and—let’s not forget—burn off calories. From now on at Borough Hall, the ‘wheels are in motion.’”

As Brooklyn’s Borough Hall paves the way for other, more carbon-loving boroughs, Markowitz encouraged private businesses and other city agencies to learn from their example.

“Availing bikes to staff will not only help Borough Hall employees get around in a greener, more spatially-efficient way, it will help reduce congestion in a part of Brooklyn overwhelmed by cars every work day,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “We congratulate the Borough President on encouraging his staff to get on two wheels.”

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