Save Free Bicycle Safety Classes in New York City

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Target: New York Police Department

Goal: Don’t charge fees to fundraising events held by Bike New York, a nonprofit organization that aims to encourage biking and bike safety.

Bike New York is a nonprofit organization in New York City offering cyclists free classes on everything from commuter safety to bike maintenance. Cycling, a great way to exercise and reduce one’s carbon footprint, is on the rise in many cities, including New York. Accessible cycle safety courses are a great way to encourage people who might be apprehensive about cycling in the city to do so, and are beneficial to everyone to maintain safe roads for cyclists and motorists alike. Bike New York will also be offering free bike education for New York’s new bike share program. However, the organization, which depends on charitable donations, is facing nearly $1 million in fees by the New York Police Department for coverage of its main fund raising event. If these charges are assessed, Bike New York may not be able to offer its free courses, causing ridership in the city to decrease.

The Five Boro Bike Tour is Bike New York’s annual fundraising event. This year marked the event’s 35th anniversary and saw 32,000 cyclists pedal throughout all five boroughs of New York. Unfortunately, the NYPD has adopted a rule that would charge the organizers of big events for the NYPD’s services at their event. The rule would apply even to nonprofit organizations like Bike New York, which is using monies raised from their event for free cycle safety classes. The organization cannot continue to carry out its mission if it is assessed $1 million in fees.

The NYPD should be grateful Bike New York is able to carry out the services it does. Surely, better educated cyclists reduce the risk for traffic accidents, making the streets safer for all. By signing this petition you are urging the NYPD to reconsider their rule, and not apply charges to events held by nonprofit organizations.

PETITION LETTER

Dear NYPD Commissioner Kelly,

Bike New York, a nonprofit promoting cycle safety, recently marked the 35th anniversary of its fundraising event the Five Boro Bike Tour. This event enables the organization to carry out its mission of cycle safety. The event raises money, which goes towards providing free cycle safety courses to everyone from students, to commuters, to serious cyclists. Free and accessible cycle safety courses are a great way to encourage people who might be apprehensive about cycling in the city to do so, and are beneficial to everyone to maintain safe roads for cyclists and motorists alike. Bike New York will also be offering free bike education for New York’s new bike share program. The organization will be facing nearly 1$ million in fees by the New York Police Department for coverage of its next Five Boro Bike Tour event if a new rule is upheld. If these charges are assessed Bike New York may not be able to offer its free courses, causing ridership in the city to decrease.

The adoption by the NYPD of a rule that would charge the organizers of big events for the NYPD’s services at their event should not apply to nonprofit organizations like Bike New York. The organization cannot continue to carry out its mission if it is assessed $1 million in fees.

The NYPD should be grateful Bike New York is able to carry out the services it does. Surely, better educated cyclists reduce the risk for traffic accidents, making the streets safer for all. Please revise your rule, and not apply charges to events held by nonprofit organizations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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