GSA Pledges Support for Capital Bikeshare Program

As the leader in sustainable workspace solutions and with a keen understanding that the environmental benefits of cycling are legion, GSA is participating in the Capital Bikeshare Program.

GSA joined forces with U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and Department of Transportation Undersecretary Roy Kienitz Oct. 4, 2010, in stepping up the federal effort to promote cycling as an environmentally responsible and cost-efficient mode of transportation, as well as a healthy alternative to more idle ways of getting around town.

“As the government's workplace solutions expert, GSA is committed to providing sustainable and healthy work environments,” said then Administrator Martha N. Johnson. “By working with our agency partners at DOT and OPM to implement programs like Bikeshare near federal buildings, we are helping agencies move toward their sustainability goals while moving toward our agency goal of a zero environmental footprint.”

Currently, Capital Bikeshare had more than 110 stations, with roughly 1,100 bicycles in 2010 in Washington and Arlington, Va.

GSA is working to place an increasing number of bike stations outside of federal buildings in the Washington metropolitan area, and federal partners are encouraging employees to ride to off-site meetings, to lunch, or simply to exercise.

The program is easy to use. Members just pick up a bicycle at any of the solar-powered stations and then return the bike to the station of their choosing when they are done.

The three-speed bikes are also a cinch to operate, with internal hub gears, fenders, a chain guard, lights, and a front rack. The bikes have adjustable seats and are designed to be used by people of various heights.

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