Thursday, April 12, 2012

UPDATE: Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings - Op-Ed in Buildings Magazine

BOMA San Francisco Members:

UPDATE - April 12, 2012

BOMA San Francisco's President, Meade Boutwell, recently authored an opinion editorial that has been published in Buildings Magazine: San Francisco Approves Bicycle Parking Ordinance.

UPDATE - March 19, 2012

On March 13, 2012, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance on a 9-2 vote.  The measure now goes to Mayor Ed Lee's desk for his consideration.

NOTE - the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance will take effect thirty days after Mayor Ed Lee (potentially) signs the measure.  Please be sure to review the ordinance and the FAQ sheet to understand what will be required of building owners and managers regarding tenants' employee bicycle parking in an existing commercial building.  If you have any questions regarding this legislation please contact John Bozeman at or Ken Cleaveland at   Representatives from the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition are also available to conduct a site visit of your existing bicycle parking facility to determine if it is acceptable under the requirements of the ordinance.

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition distributed a press release on this news which quoted Meade Boutwell, BOMA San Francisco's President and part-time bicycle commuter:

Members of the Building Owners and Managers Association are concerned about the environment and promote the use of sustainable transportation options, including bicycles. With many companies expressing the desire for bicycle parking and storage, BOMA recognizes the need to provide safe, secure parking for bicycling employees....[t]he opportunity to work closely with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Supervisor John Avalos' office to increase the availability of bicycle parking options for tenants' employees, and help sustain the environment made sense.
On behalf of Mr. Boutwell and the BOMA membership, thank you to the Board of Supervisors - especially John Avalos - and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for their leadership on the issue of bicycle parking in existing commercial buildings.

UPDATE - March 5, 2012

On February 28, 2012, Supervisor John Avalos introduced a number of amendments to clarify minor issues within the legislation:
  • Clarifying that secure bicycle parking is already defined in the Planning Code  (page 6, line 4-5);
  • Cleaning up the filing exemption requirement to allow for the Department of Environment to establish online filing (page 6, line 7-9);
  • Making accommodations if the SFMTA ever renames their bicycle division (page 6, line 19-20).


UPDATE - February 23, 2012

Please note that the Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance will be heard at the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 250 in City Hall.

Please email John Bozeman at if you'd like to attend in support of this measure.

Thank you for your time and kind consideration!

UPDATE - February 16, 2012

The Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance was heard today at the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors' Public Safety meeting at City Hall.  The committee members voted unanimously to forward this ordinance to the full Board for their consideration.

You can watch a video of the hearing by clicking here and selecting ‘video’ referenced next to today’s date of 02/16/12.

BOMA San Francisco's Advocacy team was honored to voice BOMA members' support for the legislation and we would like to thank the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and Supervisor John Avalos' office again for their early outreach efforts to BOMA members for their input.

Original Post - January 25, 2012

BOMA San Francisco leaders have been meeting with representatives of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) and Supervisor John Avalos' office to work on an ordinance that would allow tenants' employees to have a secure place to store their bicycle during the workday.  BOMA would like to thank SFBC Executive Director Leah Shahum, Program Manager Marc Caswell and Supervisor Avalos' staff for reaching out to our members for their input.

The current draft of the legislation, Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance, is now available for BOMA San Francisco and SFBC members to review and submit their feedback.  Click here access the ordinance.

To help understand the intent of the legislation, BOMA and SFBC staff have worked together to create a helpful Frequently Asked Questions sheet.  Please click here to access that document.

Your feedback is paramount as the first committee hearing at City Hall for this ordinance is tentatively scheduled for mid-February   Please email John Bozeman at and Ken Cleaveland at with any comments you have.

Thank you, as always, for your time and consideration!

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