Skip to comments.Bloomberg's latest anti-obesity effort encourages New Yorkers to take the stairs (anti-elevator)
Posted on 07/17/2013 1:35:33 PM PDT by lowbridge
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone after supersized sodas and transfats in his quest to curb obesity in New York. Now, in his final months in office, hes targeting elevators.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg unveiled a new initiative that would encourage office workers to take the stairs instead of the elevator and promote the idea of active design in new and renovated buildings in the city, including open stairwells and floor plans that would force people to walk more during the day.
Exercise is good for you, Bloomberg declared at a press conference announcing the new design initiative.
The plan includes the creation of the Center for Active Design, a nonprofit group partly funded by the city that would suggest design changes in New York buildings and around the world to promote more physical activity.
For existing buildings, the mayor said he would also introduce legislation that would relax city codes that usually require doors leading to stairwells to be closed or locked in case of a fire. Officials suggested building owners could install a magnet that would hold a door open but automatically close it during an emergency.
City officials want occupants to be able to use the stairs instead of an elevator if they choosethough Bloomberg, who pointedly noted that he takes the stairs when he can, insisted he wasnt trying to force exercise on people.
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Ban Bloomie to Bermuda.
I hope bloombutt shuts down all the elevators.
Geee, whatever happened to the Americans with Disability Act?
It’s really unfortunate that Bloomie is so tight with the Clintons because he’d be the perfect 3rd party candidate for 2016 to split the liberal vote and give us a shot at a plurality win.
Stairs? Too easy! Make them climb ropes!
Depending on the number of floors and the business of the elevator it’s usually quicker to take the stairs for anything less than 4 or 5 floors. Seriously.
Especially in an office building or large apartment building. You’ll spend For. Ever. waiting for an elevator just to go 2 or 3 floors.
Walk up (or down). Save your time.
I lived on the 4th floor once upon a time in a large apartment building. Took the stairs every single time I wasn’t carrying something large and heavy (like more than 2 bags of groceries).
People who use ropes are wimps. Let them scale up the side of the buildings with no ropes like those rock climbers.
next time he has a meeting at the Empire State Building I hope they turn all the elevators off.
So, now, how many work-related heart attacks is the city to endure, because of a madman?
Please ping your list?
Are you or have you ever been anti-elevating?
Is Bloomingidiot going to force people to walk more by having them shoved over the edge of one of those?
“So I walked one, two flight, three flight, four
Five, six, seven flight, eight flight more.
Up on the twelfth I started to drag,
Fifteenth floor I’m ready to sag,
Get to the top, I’m too tired to rock”
Just damn! If I didn’t hate cities, I’d be tempted to go there and put my workers comp case manager credentials on the wall-talk about having plenty of business...
Probably not a bad idea, there were several people that died in the world trade center towers simply because they were to damn fat to walk down the stairs (down mind you as in with gravity assist).
They ought to kick Bloomberg down several flights of stairs- starting at the top of the Empire State Building.
New Yorkers elected a mommy.
I agree. I don’t like Bloomberg or his kind but a whole lotta Americans could benefit from...I dunno...freaking MOVING.
I think that many patriots with good intentions do not understand the following. The Founding Nanny States never intended for our constitutonal privileges or immunities to be absolute. This is evidenced by the fact that historical materials pertaining to James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Justice John Marshall and John Bingham, the main author of Sec. 1 of 14A, all clearly indicate that prohibitions of government power in BoR did not apply to the states.
John Bingham’s clarification is especially important because the only reason that many patriots now regard our constitutional freedoms as absolute is because FDR’s activist justices wrongly swept the 10th Amendment under the carpet so that Congress could overstep its limited Commerce Clause powers.
That said, regardless that the states have never delegated to Congress the specific power to regulate healthcare, for example, it remains that the Founding States made the 10th Amendment to clarify that the Constitution’s silence about such issues means that such powers are automatically reserved uniquely to the states. So Bloomberg’s health ideas, as long as they respect 14A-protected freedoms, compliment 10A-protected state powers.
In fact, unlike the federal government, voters who put Bloomberg in office have the option of putting a stop to Bloomberg’s official actions concerning their health via state recall laws if they decide that they don’t like Bloomberg sticking his nose into their personal affairs.
Carrying recall ideas a step farther, recall laws for federal lawmakers are arguably unnecessary if citizens would get a grip on the idea that many federal laws are based on wrongly usurped state powers anyway.
Next, “unfit” citizens of his domain will have to go through boot camp.
You think I’m kidding?
No friggin way I’d take stairs in New York during the summer.
I can see some employee walking up the stairs in those skyscrapers ..... bout the time they reported in for work, it would be time to walk down the stairs to go home. Remember ... you can’t out-stupid a Progressive .... they are professionals!
” Let them scale up the side of the buildings with no ropes “
Even better idea! Don’t tell Bloomie!
Bloomberg’s rantings are just the admonishments of a Khmer Rouge commissar telling us to forget the “before-times” and adjust to “Year 0” where everyone is forced on a diet doled out by the village elders, then bikes to work and uses the stairs instead of consuming precious electricity or gasoline that would be put to better use by the ruling class.
He can go to Hell.
Bloomberg has quite clearly become the punchline to a national joke.