Save Cycling at Floyd Bennett Field!

Save Cycling at Floyd Bennett Field!

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Justin Wood started this petition to Aviator Sports and


We represent hundreds of passionate and committed local athletes who for decades have used the the runways at Floyd Bennett Field for  bicycle races.  Recently we learned that, due to a sudden two hundred-fold increase in the access fees charged by Aviator and the National Parks Service, that dozens of amateur cycling races will not be held this year.  

We ask respectfully that you meet with members of our community to discuss this situation as soon as possible, and that the National Parks Service reconsider a policy that renders a National Recreation Area unaffordable and inaccessible to New York City’s diverse and vibrant competitive cycling community.

For more than 25 years, weekly amateur races Floyd Bennett Field have drawn bike racers, fans, and family members from around the greater NYC area, from all age groups, and from many of the City’s diverse immigrant communities.   Even professional cyclists from around the globe regularly come to our beloved “FBF” to experience the unique magic of racing a bicycle around an abandoned airport runway as the sun sets over Jamaica Bay. Weekly races also employ dozens of local New Yorkers who work as marshals and organizers who work hard to keep our competitions fair and safe.

Our events are traditionally held on weekday evenings, when demand for space from other park users is low, and that cycling on abandoned runways is a low-cost and sustainable fitness activity.

We would like to convey to you in person what this unique space means to us, and urge you to reconsider a drastic fee increase that undermines our City’s values of equity and inclusion, and will make one of our largest public parks less accessible to amateur athletes who want to enjoy a healthy outdoor sport.


Thank you in advance for your consideration and your response.

Signed,

 

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