Skip to comments.Health-nut Mayor Bloomberg wants NYers to take the stairs instead of the elevator
Posted on 07/18/2013 4:22:25 AM PDT by fruser1
...The bill, which City Council Speaker Christine Quinn quickly endorsed, would require that newly constructed stairways be equipped with glass doors to make them more appealing...
..."If you sit for seven hours in front of a computer, you need to get up and walk. Its good for you," said Marina Pyatetski, a 40-year-old city worker at the Municipal Building in lower Manhattan...
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If you go read the entire article you would swear it’s from The Onion or something similar. We are doomed.
Sure glad I work on the second floor.
It’s kinda funny. ALL of the stuff that Bloomberg wants to make the law are actually things a reasonable person might choose to do. But only the central planners and nanny state make it a law.
This applies to seat belts and helmets, btw.
Not a bad idea actually as long as it’s just presented as an option and doesn’t entail shutting down elevators and stopping escalators.
“Not a bad idea actually as long as its just presented as an option and doesnt entail shutting down elevators and stopping escalators.”
Employers will sell this as an “employee safety issue” under the guise of prudent use of ObamaCare dollars
The big and obvious difference is that the cost of stupidity is incorporated into the insurance rates that all motorists/motorcyclists pay and as a result, smart drivers who would wear seatbelts/helmets without a mandate pay for the increased injuries and deaths of those people who are too stupid to help themselves.
If you are not wearing your seat belt, insurance only fixes half your face. Problem solved.
If you are not wearing a helmet, head injuries not covered. - Problem solved.
Individual freedom is not possible without individual responsibility!
so you are for the gov mandating seat belts as they do?
I used to belong to the cascade bicycle club and I had this argument with the president of the club. He made the argument you made. I told him that although helmets did reduce risk somewhat, that the reality was that taking bikes off the roads would DRASTICALLY reduce the risk to all the rate payers, and plenty of drivers would love to get us off the road.
i.e. I completely reject the “it lowers everybody’s rates” arguments. It is Socialist in spirit.
BTW, Bloomberg can use that same argument regarding his health laws.
Did the good mayor & city council stop to calculate the increased cost of Fire-Proof GLASS doors?
Probably cheaper to install a Stair-Master in the hallway on each floor of the building. Or replace the tables & booths in the company cafeteria with treadmills/stair masters, equipped with cup holders & trays and a “Calories Consumed minus Calories Burned” meter.
I wish Bloomberg would take the cliff—and take O’Bummer with him.
Make the elevators lined with mirrors.
Replace the Muzak with recordings of “You are really getting FAT!” and “Hi, Tubby! How’s your day going?”
Hang Rosanne Barr posters next to the elevator, labelled “I’m going for the Rosanne look!”
When presented the option, I always take the stairs (if it’s not in a high rise), but they are often dirty and dimly lit.
My Dad’s advise on keeping fit was never sit when you can stand, never walk when you can run, and never take an elevator when you can take the stairs.
My Mom’s advice was a bit more practical. Never pass up a bathroom or a water fountain.
I would prefer to deregulate the insurance industry so that insurers can charge a higher automobile insurance premium to the pool of drivers who are too stupid to wear seat-belts on their own without a law.
I would take stairs more often if I didn’t think they were scary and dark and good places for bad guys
Walking downstairs is fine. People with dicky hearts, obesity and other health problems, should not be walking upstairs. It is very hard on the heart. And, yet again, Bloomberg needs to get out of town. Forever.
When I worked (70s & 80s) at Rock Center (GE Bldg) on 32nd floor, at an ad agency, that was quite a hike up to 32, especially in a 3-piece suit, Burberry trenchcoat and w/ briefcase. I did it a few times just for grins at 6-7am. Mostly, we waited at the street level bank of elevators for a ride up. I’d also walk north from Penn Station to Rock Ctr, daily, all year long, regardless of weather. Great little food shops along the way.
but old bloomie does not practice what he preaches. there for has no creditability in the public’s eye, except for the ubber health nut cakes.
There are many people who could not walk up 15+ flights of stairs. You have heart patients, wheel chair bound, MS, MD, ALS any number of auto immune patients, and bad backs to contend with. Apparently mr nanny is in perfect health.
Nudge, nudge, nudge and if you don’t listen then it will be force.
I’d like to give a special shout out to those FReepers that celebrated the smoking bans on private property. That foundation will be put to good use by the nanny staters.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences. C. S. Lewis
Yep, when folks forget that insurance is a voluntary risk transfer, then they quickly transition to the socialist approach. We see this quite often with supposed “conservative” thinkers......
I made the decision to wear a seatbelt on my own before there was a law....and that’s the way it should be.
I make the decision. NO LAW.
In a sane world, this man would be in a straitjacket someplace, getting the very best in professional help.
I made the decision to wear a seatbelt on my own before there was a law....and thats the way it should be.
I make the decision. NO LAW.
But when they passed the bicycle helmet law, I kept wearing one. I’ve been up to 58 mph on my bike. A helmet is prudent, not that it would do much good at that speed.
If he mandates shutting down the elevators he could be sued out of existence under the ADA.
I think this is the best idea Bloombutt has had yet. Turn off the elevators. Y’all do what daddy nanny says. Next will come the calls to exercise, like the Muslim call to prayer. Drop and do gorilla hops.
Umm, who PAYS for this new mandate?
Who the F* let this douche onto the (R) ticket?
I wonder if Doomberg is planning to visit the observation deck of the Empire State Building?
Which reminds me, have they finished the building that replaced the twin towers yet?
it is when people get old that the health care costs skyrocket. people in their 80’s , 70’s etc are always in the hospital . you and your “We shold do something” , “we” collectivism would leave the free maerket alone “your” insuracnce would be lower because the “idiots” as you named them would not wear seat belts and then they would die young and not cost “You” nor “we” any money as only when allowed to live to 70 will they cost anything.
I destroyed a liberal in a debate with this simmilar argument as it argued against me for collectivist/socilalst obamacare
you leave the free market alone .who are you to tell us or me that I must wear a seat belt or get obamacare or anything? socialism doesn’t work.