Resolution J1515-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month in the State of New York



  • Apr 30, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months 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 memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as  Bike  Month  in
the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  In conjunction with Bike Month are events to promote bicycl-
ing, including May 8, 2013, is being designated as Bike to  School  Day,
and May 17, 2013, is being designated as Bike to Work Day; and
  WHEREAS,  The  mission  of 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,  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 great-
ly 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 incidents 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,  there-
fore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Bike Month
in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New


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