Ding, Ding - Denver Federal Center Bike Share Program Aims to Reduce Carbon on Campus
Did you know that carbon emissions for a bike are less than 10% those of a passenger car? Riding a bike is good for more than just your health, it also offers great carbon-saving opportunities.
Since 2004, GSA’s Denver Federal Center’s vision is to be one of the most sustainable campuses in the US by 2020. On June 6th, the DFC took another step towards accomplishing that vision. GSA launched a campus bike share program referred to as DFC B-cycle. The pilot program offers 50 bicycles and six stations that will serve the campus and its more than 6,000 tenants and 44 buildings. The goals of the program include:
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
- Promotion of public transit to the DFC (a new light rail station located next to the Campus opened this past April)
- Improved connectivity on the campus
According to the League of American Bicyclists, 60% of the pollution created by automobile emissions happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively. Since "cold starts" create high levels of emissions, shorter car trips are more polluting on a per-mile basis than longer trips. Most intra-campus travel on the DFC is composed of short trips in cars, so replacing those trips with bikes will be an effective way to limit the dirty, cold starts produced by cars.
GSA offers six bike stations located at Buildings 20, 25, 41, 67, 810, and Gate 5 near the public transit station. We have a combined fleet of 50 bikes as a clean and simple way to get around campus. This pilot program is open to all campus tenants free of charge for the current year and will place the DFC campus one step closer to its goal of becoming the most sustainable campus in the U.S. by 2020.
DFC B-cycle bikes are designed to be easy to ride for everyone. Users can check out a bike from any self-service station using a personal access card and return it to any other station located on the campus. The bikes use electronics to keep track of members and they allow riders to track data such as distance, duration, calories burned, and carbon offset.