Enacts the New York State bicycle tourism promotion act; authorizes the issuance of grants for the purchase of equipment and operation of a bicycle tourism kiosk; authorizes the establishment of up to fifteen such kiosks.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the New York State bicycle tourism promotion act
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to create the New York Bicycle Tourism Promotion Act, which will allow for the establishment of bicycle kiosks in local communities designed for rental to tourists.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill creates the New York Tourism promotion Act as a new Article 21 in the Economic Development Law as follows:
§500 titles the act the New York Bicycle Tourism Promotion Act;
§501 provides for the legislative intent;
§502 defines the term "bicycle tourism kiosk";
§503 provides for the administration of the program by the Department of Economic Development, and allows the Department to contract with a statewide not-for-profit for the purposes of identifying and establishing bicycle kiosks;
§504 provides for grants to open and operate bicycle kiosk, up to $20,000; and,
§505 requires that the Department of Economic Development shall review the program six months after awarding grants.
Section 2 of the bill provide for an immediate effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Bicycle tourism continues to increase in New York State on an annual basis. Initiatives such as the annual bike trek along the Erie Canal have grown to capacity in the past five years. As more and more travelers seek to actively participate in their vacations, and localized heritage tourism destinations increase, the need to accommodate these travelers is essential.
This legislation will provide a mechanism for the State to collaborate with local tourism entities and local governments in order to facilitate bicycle tourism.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2005-06: A.7419 Morelle 2008: S.8141 Serrano - Referred to Tourism, Recreation, and Sports Development 2009-10: Senate Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation 2011-12: S.2702A Senate - Referred to Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Up to fifteen kiosks at $20,000 totaling $300,000 may be funded from existing or future appropriations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1031 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. SERRANO, ADAMS, KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to creating the New York State bicycle tourism promotion act THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The economic development law is amended by adding a new article 21 to read as follows: ARTICLE 21 NEW YORK STATE BICYCLE TOURISM PROMOTION ACT SECTION 500. SHORT TITLE. 501. STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT. 502. DEFINITIONS. 503. ADMINISTRATION. 504. GRANTS FOR LOCAL BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK. 505. PROGRAM REVIEW. S 500. SHORT TITLE. THIS ACT SHALL BE KNOWN AND MAY BE CITED AS THE NEW YORK STATE BICYCLE TOURISM PROMOTION ACT. S 501. STATEMENT OF LEGISLATIVE INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY RECOG- NIZES THE ROLE THAT CYCLING PLAYS IN LOCAL TOURISM. INCREASINGLY, BICY- CLES ARE UTILIZED BY TRAVELERS TO EXPLORE LOCAL COMMUNITIES, OR AS A METHOD OF TRAVEL THROUGH THE STATE. AS BICYCLES HELP EXPAND TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, AND ADD TO EXPERIENCE BASED TOURISM, THE STATE SHOULD ACT TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH IN THIS SECTOR. IT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS LEGIS- LATION TO ESTABLISH A WORKING FLEET OF RENTAL BIKES AT CONVENTION BUREAUS, VISITOR CENTERS AND POINTS OF INTEREST THAT ARE HEAVILY VISITED BY TOURISTS AND PROFESSIONALS. ADDITIONALLY, THE LEGISLATURE WISHES TO PROVIDE A MECHANISM TO CONNECT VISITING PROFESSIONALS AND TRAVELERS WITH INFORMATION AND MAPS OF BICYCLING ROUTES AND DESTINATION POINTS.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD00551-01-3 S. 1031 2
S 502. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS ACT, "BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK" SHALL MEAN A CENTRAL LOCATION EASILY ACCESSIBLE BY TOURISTS WHERE BICYCLES, BICYCLING SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND A LOCAL BICYCLE ROUTE MAP ARE PROVIDED FOR RENTAL AND USE. S 503. ADMINISTRATION. 1. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ADOPT GUIDELINES FOR, AND ADMINISTER A PROGRAM TO PROMOTE BICYCLE TOURISM IN LOCAL COMMUNI- TIES. IN DOING SO, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL: (A) SOLICIT AND ACCEPT PROPOSALS FROM LOCAL TOURISM PROMOTION AGEN- CIES, CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAUS AND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE TO IDEN- TIFY POTENTIAL BICYCLE ROUTES AND HOST A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK; (B) EVALUATE THOSE PROPOSALS TO ENSURE THAT PROPOSED BICYCLE ROUTES WILL PROVIDE TRAVELERS WITH AN ADEQUATE EXPERIENCE BASED ON THE PROXIMI- TY OF POINTS OF INTEREST AND TOURISM ATTRACTIONS TO PROPOSED BICYCLE ROUTES; AND (C) PROVIDE THAT NO BICYCLES SHALL BE RENTED WITHOUT ALSO PROVIDING A BICYCLE HELMET, OR HAVING BEEN PROVIDED THAT THE PERSON RENTING THE BICYCLE HAS IN HIS OR HER POSSESSION A HELMET TO BE USED WHILE OPERATING SUCH BICYCLE. 2. THE DEPARTMENT MAY APPROVE UP TO FIFTEEN PROPOSALS TO CREATE A LOCAL BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK. 3. NOTHING SHALL PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT FROM CONTRACTING WITH A STATEWIDE BICYCLING ORGANIZATION FOR THE PURPOSES OF IDENTIFYING POTEN- TIAL AREAS FOR A BICYCLE TOURISM PROGRAM, EVALUATING PROPOSALS SUBMITTED TO THE DEPARTMENT AND LOCALLY ADMINISTERING GRANTS PROVIDED UNDER THIS ARTICLE. S 504. GRANTS FOR LOCAL BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK. 1. FROM EXISTING AMOUNTS APPROPRIATED FOR TOURISM PROMOTION, AND ANY OTHER AMOUNTS APPRO- PRIATED FOR THE PROGRAM, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL PROVIDE GRANTS TO TOURISM PROMOTION AGENCIES, CONVENTIONS AND VISITORS BUREAUS, CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, OR A LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE PURCHASE OF EQUIPMENT AND OPERA- TION OF A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK. 2. THE DEPARTMENT MAY CONTRACT WITH A STATEWIDE BICYCLING ORGANIZATION TO ADMINISTER GRANTS PROVIDED UNDER THIS ARTICLE. 3. NO SINGLE GRANT MAY EXCEED TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. 4. ELIGIBLE USES FOR GRANTS PROVIDED UNDER THIS SECTION ARE AS FOLLOWS: (A) FOR THE PURCHASE OF BICYCLES, HELMETS, LOCKS, BICYCLE TOOLS, STATIONARY BICYCLE RACKS, AND ANY OTHER EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO MAINTAIN AND PROVIDE SAFE BICYCLE RENTALS; (B) FOR PERSONAL SERVICE COSTS, PROVIDED HOWEVER THAT SUCH PERSONAL SERVICE COSTS SHALL NOT EXCEED NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER GRANT; (C) FOR ANY OTHER COSTS NECESSARY TO LEASE OR PURCHASE SPACE TO OPER- ATE A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK; AND (D) FOR REASONABLE NON-PERSONAL SERVICE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF A BICYCLE TOURISM KIOSK. S 505. PROGRAM REVIEW. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, SIX MONTHS AFTER THE AWARDING OF GRANTS UNDER THIS ARTICLE, CAUSE TO BE PRODUCED A REVIEW OF THE PROGRAM. A REPORT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS PROGRAM SHALL BE SUBMITTED TO THE GOVERNOR, TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, AND SPEAK- ER OF THE ASSEMBLY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.