Bikeshare a Hit With Georgetown?s ‘Green’ Community

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 09, 2010 No Comments

Scott Anderson, Georgetown’s director of web communications, no longer has to wait for a bus to get to work in the morning, thanks to the installation of three Capital Bikeshare docking stations near the university’s Main Campus.

“It’s really proven useful, especially since there is a station right outside of campus,” says Anderson, who lives in McLean Gardens. “Now, instead of waiting for the bus in the morning, I just grab a bike on Wisconsin Ave. and just roll down to the main campus. It’s a win-win – I’m being green, getting a little exercise and lowering the stress of my morning commute.”

Sustainability on Wheels

The District’s Department of Transportation and Arlington County in Virginia officially launched Capital Bikeshare earlier this fall to help decrease car emissions and increase healthy activity. There are now more than 110 stations across Washington and Arlington, Va.

Bike program members generally rent the bicycles for an annual or monthly fee, but day passes are also available with a credit card.

“The bikes are a convenient and inexpensive way for either planned or spur of the moment travel to and from campus or around the city,” says Karen Frank, vice president of university facilities and student housing.

They also help with the university’s sustainability efforts, she says.

Green and Smart

“Bikes are green and healthy and smart,” says Bikeshare rider Provost James O’Donnell, “and when I’m going from one serious meeting off campus to another one in Healy, it’s great to be able to feel like a kid again for five minutes.”

There hasn’t been an official survey of the bike stations’ popularity on campus, but Frank says she’ll “take the empty racks near campus as a positive sign.”

The stations near the university are just outside the Healy Building gates at 37th and O Streets, at 34th Street and Wisconsin Avenue and at CO Canal and Wisconsin Avenue.

Partnering with Capital Bikeshare is part of the university’s overall sustainability efforts, which include encouraging alternative transportation options.

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