Loathsome nanny-state mayor launches new initiative: Getting people to take the stairs instead of the elevator

posted at 6:01 pm on July 17, 2013 by Allahpundit

I hate saying it, but it’s the truth and I think it needs to be said: Weiner really would be an improvement over this tool in all probability, if only because he’d re-order public priorities in a marginally saner way.

That’s the point we’ve come to. A guy known mainly for DMing pictures of his junk to fans on Twitter would bring a comparatively healthy sense of perspective and good judgment to the job of mayor.

City officials announced a new initiative this afternoon aimed at encouraging office workers to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Under legislation proposed by the mayor, all new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovation would be required to give occupants access to at least one stairwell, as well as post signs near elevators pointing to nearby stairs…

“Whether you’re tall or short, fat or thin, you’ll be healthier and you’ll live longer if you’re more active. But the problem is we’ve been lulled into a sedentary lifestyle,” said Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney at a Manhattan press conference at The New School. In too many buildings, the stairs are hard to find, kept locked, armed with alarms, or dark and windowless–making people afraid to use them, Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said. The programs are designed to change that, he said…

Mr. Bloomberg, who said he personally almost always uses the stairs–and doesn’t stand still when he’s on an escalator–said that part of the challenge was to make being active hipper for young people across the city.

What we’ve got to do is just make it cool–if you will–or socially more the norm to exercise, and that’s what you see here,” he explained. “The whole idea is not to change what you have to do, but to give you the idea and the impetus to do something that is in your best interest.”

Mike Bloomberg — making climbing the stairs “cool” since 2013. Dan Amira at New York mag notes the silver lining here, that for once Bloomy’s not trying to take your options away but rather granting you an extra option. True, but you can’t view his brand of nannyism piecemeal. The cumulative effect (and, I’d say, design) of Bloomberg’s various initiatives is to make the public more comfortable with the idea of government micro-managing their health. These are baby steps, like San Francisco trying to ban Happy Meals. They might not stay so baby-ish. In fact, when I tweeted my point about how maybe Weiner’s not so bad vis-a-vis Bloomy, James Poulos tweeted back, “I fear that Weiner will just expand to fill the enormous cavity that Bloomberg has created.” Bingo. Why wouldn’t he? What self-respecting liberal would cede back regulatory power grabbed by his predecessor in the name of “health,” especially with the public increasingly aware of the dangers of obesity? This ratchet, like so many others, goes only one way.

Meanwhile, Katrina Trinko notes that New Yorkers already take the stairs every day when they use the subway. Related exit question: How many Manhattanites work in offices located on, say, their building’s fifth floor or lower? Relatively few, I’d guess. How many flights of stairs does Bloomy imagine people are going to want to climb here?


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Thinking of Nanny Staters, the first expression coming to mind is “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.”

Drained Brain on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

After you, your honor. I insist.

MikeHu on July 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Thinking of Nanny Staters, the first expression coming to mind is “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.”

Drained Brain on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Just spit my 6:00pm martini on to my keyboard.

Brilliant – I’m stealing it.

jake-the-goose on July 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Next thing you know, this tool will insist on wheelchair ramps along side the new staircases.

TXUS on July 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

I know! Only the disabled should be allowed to take elevators. Everyone else, for their health, will be required to take the stairs. Armed NYPD will be stationed in every building to assure compliance.

Should be a big hit among all those lazy office workers in the Empire State Building.

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Thinking of Nanny Staters, the first expression coming to mind is “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.”

Drained Brain on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Rolling thunder, right out of the gate!

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM

NYC voters who lap up this baloney are out of their gourds.

Y’all deserve the likes of Bloomberg, Weiner and Spitzer.

fogw on July 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

This man has crossed into straightjacket territory….the funny thing being that they’d probably have to cal 911 and he’d be carried out on a stretcher by the time he reached the 5th floor of one of the the high rise office buildings in NY…

jimver on July 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

The local slugs elected him so the must like this crap.

rplat on July 17, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I take the stairs because I’m an exercise addict. husband takes elevators when available because he’s …not an exercise addict.
We support the right to choose!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Turn off the escalators!

portlandon on July 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

What a novel idea! I’m sure New Yorkers had no clue that taking the stairs was better for them than riding an escalator! Thank goodness Bloomberg is around to enlighten them! /

scalleywag on July 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Thinking of Nanny Staters, the first expression coming to mind is “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.”

Drained Brain on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Loool :) especially true for this so-called mayor…

jimver on July 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Oh man,this is a toughfy,um,as long as the floor in question,ain’t
to the 15TH floor or more,I’ll walk it!

But,in our town,I think the tallest, is about 15 floors!!

canopfor on July 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Turn off the escalators!

portlandon on July 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Yes! For Trayvon…

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:15 PM

That’s the point we’ve come to. A guy known mainly for DMing pictures of his junk to fans on Twitter would bring a comparatively healthy sense of perspective and good judgment to the job of mayor.

lol – you need to get out of the city dude.

abobo on July 17, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Thinking of Nanny Staters, the first expression coming to mind is “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.”

Drained Brain on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Hahaha, boom!

Next thing you know, this tool will insist on wheelchair ramps along side the new staircases.

TXUS on July 17, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Who are we to tell handcapable people they too can’t roll up 26 flights of stairs to their office…

nextgen_repub on July 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Say, why doesn’t he demonstrate just how good this is by shutting down the elevators at City Hall for all employees who aren’t disabled?

Including himself.

In no time at all the entire workforce of the building will be in wheelchairs or sporting crutches… the most disabled city workforce on the planet for the most disabled mayor on the planet.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

You’re going to need a special pass from your cardiologist to take the elevators.

So, could someone follow Bloomie around and every time he takes an elevator get a photo and post it online?

INC on July 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Thinking of Nanny Staters, the first expression coming to mind is “the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.”

Drained Brain on July 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

:D

INC on July 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

i thought Nanny Bloomberg and the NSA locked the doors to all the stairwells after 9-11?

Jaibones on July 17, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Ninny Bloomberg obviously isn’t thinking big enough. We need mandatory exercise classes, as well as only allowing government cafeterias and government dormitories.
Sure, it might look like a prison camp, but it’s for the children. Why do you hate the children?

rbj on July 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The Truth About De-Evolution…

Fallon on July 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

When he walks instead of taking his personal jet we will.

In all honesty I always do take the stairs. Elevators make me feel like I’m still moving after I get off. They always have. But I take the stairs because I want to.

Jayrae on July 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Say, why doesn’t he demonstrate just how good this is by shutting down the elevators at City Hall for all employees who aren’t disabled?

Including himself.

In no time at all the entire workforce of the building will be in wheelchairs or sporting crutches… the most disabled city workforce on the planet for the most disabled mayor on the planet.

ajacksonian on July 17, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Government regulations/suggestions on the rest of us don’t apply to elected officials and government workers. There’s no way Bloomie doesn’t take the elevator in City Hall.

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM

“What we’ve got to do is just make it cool–if you will–or socially more the norm to exercise, and that’s what you see here,” he explained. “The whole idea is not to change what you have to do, but to give you the idea and the impetus to do something that is in your best interest.”

Wow! Who knew that the 9/11/01 atrocities were not a terrorist attack but merely the world’s largest flash mob as thousands used the stairs to highlight just how cool it is to walk down 90 stories. /

Seriously, this douchebag is almost to the point of requiring “employees must wash hands before returning to work” signs in every residential bathroom. Dictating that only low-fat dairy products can be purchased over the counter- you’d have to ask for the 4% at the customer service desk and would have to pay a sin tax for heavy whipping cream. And, of course, mandating that only one square of toilet tissue can be used per visit to the potty with a city agency tracking TP purchases to identify those to be levied with an excessive usage tax.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

There’s no way Bloomie doesn’t take the elevator in City Hall.

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:22 PM

But, of course, it isn’t him. The armed security surrounding the anti-Second Amendment hypocrite would demand he not be vulnerable in stairwells. Just like the filthy shaved Yeti or her lil sambos can’t fly commerical on their vacations because of the Secret Service demands.

Happy Nomad on July 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Mr. Bloomberg, who said he personally almost always uses the stairs***

***Unless an elevator is available, which only he, his entourage, and armed security are allowed to use when he is riding.

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Bloomberg is the perfect illustration of the fundamental conflict between liberty and Liberalism.

Liberals never stop coming up with ideas to “improve” society and the human condition. They are never satisfied with the results of their initiatives and thus will never leave us alone. In their opinion everything is open to perpetual improvement regardless of the cost or intrusion on individual rights.

Our cars will never achieve high enough gas mileage for them.
Enough of us will never stop eating meat to satisfy them.
The income gap will always be too wide for them.
Life will never be fair enough for them.
The US will always be too strong for them.
Whites will always have too many advantages for them.
Men will always have too many advantages over women for them.

They will always have an excuse to social engineer.

We have to find a way to stop them. To box them in so they stop harassing us.

Charlemagne on July 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

And since no one is going to climb 80 or 50 or even 25 flights of stairs, let’s block access to those upper floors completely — they’re a huge waste of energy and they’re REALLY unsafe (e.g., 9/11).

Seems like I’ve heard this scenario before… where was it?

Oh, yes.

“Atlas Shrugged”.

NYC is DOOMED with pinheads like Bloomberg running things.

clayj on July 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

We have to find a way to stop them. To box them in so they stop harassing us.

It’s called a coffin.

clayj on July 17, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Try this

Ben Hur on July 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Does this man give ANY attention to the LEGITIMATE purposes of government…?

fabrexe on July 17, 2013 at 6:30 PM

He will soon have all New Yorkers doing jumping jacks and squat thrust in the streets at 8am like they Japanese do at the auto plants.

docflash on July 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Next… to the trains!

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Maybe he can partner up with Joe Biden and get people out of wheelchairs.

After all, you can’t spell stairs without wheelchairs!

Gatsu on July 17, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Both candidates are way to obsessed with giving people the shaft.

Ronnie on July 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

We have to find a way to stop them. To box them in so they stop harassing us.

It’s called a coffin.

clayj on July 17, 2013 at 6:28 PM

THIS.

fossten on July 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

It’s nice to see everyone is employed, there’s no crime and all the roads/infrastructure are working peachy in the Big Apple!

kim roy on July 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

This Mayor Bozo needs to walk to work everyday without security, and if he gets thirsty, tough luck. His brain is definitely starved for oxygen. Does he really have this much spare time on his hands? What a lazy daydreamer.

mobydutch on July 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Mr. Bloomberg, who said he personally almost always uses the stairs–and doesn’t stand still when he’s on an escalator–said that part of the challenge was to make being active hipper for young people across the city.

“What we’ve got to do is just make it cool–if you will–or socially more the norm to exercise, and that’s what you see here,” he explained. “The whole idea is not to change what you have to do, but to give you the idea and the impetus to do something that is in your best interest.”

Absolutely RIGHT, Mr. Mayor!

Why, I bet the FIRST thing you do to make sure people take the stairs more is to make sure the escalators in at least 1/3 of the NYC Transit system are perpetually on the blink…that way, those that actually have to work 9+ hours to afford the taxes and $2.50 fare to ride the mobile homeless shelters/urinals the PRIVILEGE of exercising at the worlds cheapest gym!

Oh Wait, You’ve got that covered?

Right, then…Now we can make sure that most of the Elevators in the NYC Public Housing Authority building are also t!ts-up, thus allowing those layabouts to actually WALK the 10+ flights to apartments they can only afford, since who can afford trendy & tony walk-ups in one of the most expensive cities in the Northern Hemisphere?

Did that too, you say? Bravo!

Did i mention that as a former resident of the City that Never Learns, this is again a reason why I would never move back there?

Stories like this ALMOST make moving to Massachusetts the SMART choice…IOW: it ain’t.

*- Please note: the following was sarcasm, and if you take it seriously, chances are, you voted for this dim (florescent) bulb.

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Bloomie we are moving your office to the top of the Freedom Tower, see you there.

tim c on July 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

City officials announced a new initiative this afternoon aimed at encouraging office workers to take the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Under legislation proposed by the mayor, all new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovation would be required to give occupants access to at least one stairwell, as well as post signs near elevators pointing to nearby stairs…

Meh … just ban elevators – for the serfs, at least. You know you want to.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

OT: Obama’s protesters attack Grandma and granddaughter on way to hospital

Clearly a hate crime.

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

with picture of the attack

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

There’s a reason why God made extended magazines & speed-loaders.

Target. Rich. Environment.

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

I really wish we’d stop using the terms “nanny” and “nanny-state” in all its permutations. Reason Magazine does it endlessly. They’re not nannies, they’re fuc*ing wannabe tyrants.

rrpjr on July 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I know I’m troll, RINO, scum, “simply being perverse,” etc… but how is this a bad thing?

How many times have you been waiting for an elevator and say, “Oh, I’ll just take the stairs”…and then can’t find them; think “maybe I’ll get locked out,”; or otherwise decide you’d just better not?

After sitting on my ass in front of a computer, I relish the opportunity to move my legs when I have the opportunity. Also, there are a LOT of people who hate taking elevators (especially older, creaky ones). And how often do you fear getting stuck for even five floors with someone you don’t want to talk to, smells, owe a report to, etc.? This gives us our chance to say “Oh, I always take the stairs.”

Our government is involved in so much over-regulation (wait until the CFPB under Cordray gets going) that has so little benefit for the costs. Complain about those things; not this one.

bobs1196 on July 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Bob, yes you are RINO scum, now get back in the corner :)

faraway on July 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Bob, guess what? I really don’t care if you are sitting your ass in front of a computer.

mobydutch on July 17, 2013 at 7:08 PM

If this “Global Climate Heat Wave” (TM by Captain Planet) continues, the mayor may get his wish as the power grids reach capacity and shut down. Perhaps he can tell the lowly citizens that due to climate change, the grid will stay shut down with the exception of certain areas of course. /

Ibanez Lotus on July 17, 2013 at 7:09 PM

How many times have you been waiting for an elevator and say, “Oh, I’ll just take the stairs”…

bobs1196 on July 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

It’s fine if that’s your choice, I often take the stairs, but it never stops with an option. It will eventually become mandatory if Bloomie and others like him continue to have their way in deciding how everyone else should live.

We should do more than complain… This needs to stop.

Fallon on July 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

bobs1196 on July 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

No offense Bob, but my career I have to be on my feet from 8-12 hours a day, a constantly moving big guy. Not fun.

Add in the fact that I lived in a 4th floor walk-up with NO elevator, I still stayed somewhat in shape…not great but good enough.

NOW, if you wanna stay fit like that, move to a building in The Bronx or Brooklyn. Wanna stretch your legs? Take the subway to the 168th street and go from the A/C train to the 1/9 or go to Times Square station and walk to the Shuttle to go to Grand Central…do that in the July Heat and the January cold…or during the occasional strike, and then tell me how much MORE exercise you need.

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I would like to launch an initiative for Bloomers to take a long walk off a short pier.

ghostwalker1 on July 17, 2013 at 7:22 PM

So their preparing legislation to require buildings to have stairwells that people can access. Um,don’t fire codes kind of require that already?

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

So their preparing legislation to require buildings to have stairwells that people can access. Um,don’t fire codes kind of require that already?

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Or rather, don’t they read the NYPD crime stats on how dangerous stairwells can be for citizens? OR do they think criminals don’t assault people there because *they* are using the elevators?

BlaxPac on July 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

So their preparing legislation to require buildings to have stairwells that people can access. Um,don’t fire codes kind of require that already?

Bitter Clinger on July 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I’m sure this will require a retrofit of a NEW set of stairs especially made for going up and down!

That will make things so much better by having those handy stairs instead of those other handy stairs….

ajacksonian on July 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I already hate Bloomberg (and I don’t even live in NYC), but this does seem a bit overblown. After reading the headline, I thought he’d be mandating “rolling blackouts” of elevators (shut all of them down for a few minutes) or have only one or two elevators operating at a time. I can see where having to shoehorn a stairwell into a renovation or having to start a design over to accommodate one would be a pain, though.

TMOverbeck on July 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Every friggin’ day it’s more lunacy from Bloomy. I swear, he makes the possibility of Mayor Weiner seem like something to look forward to.

JetBoy on July 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Dear New York:
Its really terrific that your city is so efficient that your mayor can waste all manner of time and taxpayer money on non-mayoral duties. I wish we were fully employed and with no crime here in Dallas. You are so lucky.

paulsur on July 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Is Mikey planning on assigning cops to patrol the stairwells.

Or is running from a mugger part of the ‘daily exercise’.

I’d feel sorry for New Yorkers, but they voted that idiot into office.

GarandFan on July 17, 2013 at 8:05 PM

I’m on the 17th floor.

Fu*K you, you 1.75 liter-sized midget. Go to Hell.

Rixon on July 17, 2013 at 8:14 PM

what the…!! what are you all complaining about? what’s the big deal, do you really hate stairs that much?? no i really meant that. what are you all so upset about? i honestly do not understand. i don’t think he’s saying that everyone should take stairs, i think he means that everyone should take them if they don’t have a lot of flights to go up. i think a lot of people just forget about stairs. i see people taking elevators up 1-2 floors and i think it’s kinda sad… i really hope you all aren’t like that or if you are, you exercise some other way. a lot of people barely exercise at all.

i normally take the stairs in buildings i go into unless i need to go up 4-5 flights or more.

in north carolina’s government buildings, there are already signs like what bloomberg is talking about. some people take the elevator, some take the stairs. people still have a choice but i think that because those signs are there, more people take the stairs. in other buildings i don’t see people use the stairs that much, except on my college campus where i and others use them most of the time.

taking the stairs is a very easy and simple thing to do and not a big deal at all. and he’s not forcing anyone to use stairs. there is no reason for you all to get this upset.

not that i like bloomberg. i normally dislike what he does.

I already hate Bloomberg (and I don’t even live in NYC), but this does seem a bit overblown. After reading the headline, I thought he’d be mandating “rolling blackouts” of elevators (shut all of them down for a few minutes) or have only one or two elevators operating at a time. I can see where having to shoehorn a stairwell into a renovation or having to start a design over to accommodate one would be a pain, though.

TMOverbeck on July 17, 2013 at 7:45 PM

i can’t believe that only one other person in this whole thread thinks you all are overreacting… haha

Sachiko on July 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

what the…!! what are you all complaining about? what’s the big deal, do you really hate stairs that much?? no i really meant that. what are you all so upset about? i honestly do not understand. i don’t think he’s saying that everyone should take stairs, i think he means that everyone should take them if they don’t have a lot of flights to go up. i think a lot of people just forget about stairs. i see people taking elevators up 1-2 floors and i think it’s kinda sad… i really hope you all aren’t like that or if you are, you exercise some other way. a lot of people barely exercise at all.

I believe some of us were simply making jokes at the nanny mayors’ expense. Look at the bolded part of your quote and get back to us on over-reacting.

Seriously, I think some are just tired of politicians constantly wanting to tell everyone how to live their lives. Also, the signs do cost taxpayer money and it seems like it could be put to better use. Do we really need signs to tell us that taking stairs could be more healthy than elevators? Could be is emphasized because for some,, taking the stairs may cause a heart-attack, shortness of breath, pain to bad hips, backs, joints, etc. Just because people take elevators in public buildings isn’t a sign that they don’t exercise.

Swimming is easier on the knees than climbing stairs, so maybe he should be installing swimming pools for everyone (just a joke).

Ibanez Lotus on July 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

“What we’ve got to do is just make it cool–if you will–or socially more the norm to exercise, and that’s what you see here,” he explained. “The whole idea is not to change what you have to do, but to give you the idea and the impetus to do something that is in your best interest.”

And nothing says “cool” like a pearl-clutching pansy giving unsolicited lectures on what’s “in your best interest”.

fitzfong on July 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Liam on July 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I live in the third floor in my building. I usually take the stairs when I am only going up or down a floor or two. Anything more I take the elevator. Although I admit it drives me nuts when a perfectly healthy-looking person with no evident physical disability hops on an elevator to go down ONE floor!

I bet dollars to donuts that Blueturd is one of those tw@ts !

cableguy615 on July 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

He could have just said: “We are trying to improve staircases in city buildings to improve safety and building access” and nobody would have said a thing and might have even assisted him in this task. But does Bloomberg do that? nope, instead he has to insert himself as the elected public parent scolding the citizens as if they are his children. It’s quite insulting and very revealing about how this guy thinks of himself and the people he was elected to represent.

Dollayo on July 18, 2013 at 4:20 AM

1. Bloomberg and his sister, governor Cuomo, can both take a hike. It would be healthy for New York.

2. I choose to take the stairs whenever possible. I once walked up 15 floors of stairs in a hotel to avoid the wait at the elevator. Yes, my legs were a little sore.

3. Take the stinking doors off the stairwells so we don’t have to touch the filthy doorknobs and more people will be inclined to use the stairs, and they’ll be easier to locate. Yes, I’m slightly germaphobic.

4. For beginning stair walkers, try taking the stairs down a few times. It’s pretty easy and a good way to get started.

5. I don’t have anything else, but I thought five was a nice number.

Know It All on July 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM