Please plan to join the Bike to Work Day at City Hall on May 16th from 6:30am – 9:00am.
Its sure to be great fun for everyone. The event’s organizers will have food, refreshments, raffle prizes, giveaways & FREE T-shirts.
Be sure to sign up right now at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org and select College Park City Hall as your pit-stop.
Organizers can only guarantee T-shirts to people who have pre-registered online.
They could also use a few volunteers, so if you’re willing to help out, please contact: Steve Beavers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors play an important role in supporting Bike to Work Day, and this year’s major sponsors include: Marriott International, REI, ICF International, BicycleSPACE, Bike Arlington, Capital Bikeshare, City of Alexandria, Twinbrook Urban by Nature, and Whole Foods Market.
Commuter Connections and WABA encourage new and experienced bicyclists to prepare for the event by utilizing the resources found on the following websites:
· Learn more about bike commuting: For tips on bicycling to work, check out the “Bicycling to Work in the Washington Area” available through Commuter Connections at: www.commuterconnections.org/commuters/bicycling/
· Ride with others in a commuter convoy: Commuter convoys on Bike to Work Day will be led by experienced bicycle commuters, and many routes are available. Find a convoy near you at: www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/join-a-convoy
· Brush up on cycling skills: Participate in a Commuting Seminar or Confident City Cycling Classes to learn how to safely share the road with cars, other bikes, and pedestrians: http://www.waba.org/education/adult.php.
Bike to Work Day has grown into a widespread event with countless bicyclists taking to the streets nationwide in an effort to get commuters to try bicycling to work as a healthy and safe alternative to driving alone. In the Metropolitan Washington region, Bike to Work Day has grown from a small group of a few hundred in 2001 to over 12,000 participants in 2012. This year the annual Bike to Work Day will be held on Friday, May 17th. Rain or shine!
Registration for the metropolitan Washington region’s annual Bike to Work Day 2013 on Friday, May 17 is now open at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org. This year’s Bike to Work Day will be bigger than ever with more than a dozen new pit stops added, for a total of 72 in the region — District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – offering cyclists refreshments, entertainment and giveaways as part of the celebration. Bike to Work Day, organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), prompts thousands of area commuters to bicycle to work to highlight and promote this clean commute option.
“Bike to Work Day is a great way to promote bicycling as an alternative to driving alone to work. Ten percent of BTWD participants reported that they started cycling to work after participating in their first BTWD event,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. “And it encourages those who already bike, to do it more often. More than 20 percent of BTWD participants say cycling is now a regular part of their commutes.”
Last year there were 12,700 registrants, and coordinators expect registration will again break records as novice and experienced cyclists join together to celebrate bicycling as a fun, healthy and wallet-friendly commute alternative. The first 12,000 registrants will receive free Bike to Work Day t-shirts at the pit stop of their choice and become eligible to win great prizes such as Jamis bicycles. Registration and event details including pit stop locations, sponsor information and how to join a convoy are at www.biketoworkmetrodc.org.
There will be great events with “pit stops” in many places around the D.C. area. There will be one at College Park City Hall. The pit stops have free food, bike repairs, raffles, and other exciting activities.
I know I’m a bit late in posting this. Tomorrow is the annual “Bike-to-Work” Day. I’m going to try going to my work in DC tomorrow. I know it will be a fun experiment!
The Bike-to-Work Day is organized by WABA ( the Washington Area Bicyclist Association) and Commuter Connections every year to join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work!
WABA’s website says “Meet up with your neighbors at one of 49 regional pit stops, ride to work with an experienced commuter convoy and wear your FREE Bike to Work Day t-shirt at work with pride. Help the Washington region become a better place to ride.”
Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters. There will be a raffle prizes, food, drink and more at all pit
There are great resources on the WABA website for route planning. Google Maps also provides directions for traveling by bicycle using bike lanes, trails and route while avoiding hills and traffic!
Also consider joining a commuter convoy from your neighborhood.
While planning your route, be sure to stop by pit stops for snacks, waters, high-fives and fun! If this is your first time riding, try a practice run of your route before the big day on the weekend when the roads are quieter.
Join us at this year’s celebration of all things College Park! College Park Day will take place in the parking lot at 5000 Paint Branch Parkway, which is at the corner of Corporal Frank Scott Drive, across from the Tennis Center. Guest parking will be located at the College Park Metro station – which is free on weekends and located right across the street from the event! For our disabled guests we will have limited parking onsite with valid disabled plates or placards.
College Park Day welcomes the community to come and enjoy an afternoon where we have something for everyone! We’ve signed up over 150 organizations, artists, small businesses, restaurants, sponsors, and public safety groups that will be excited to see you and provide you with information on their services or how you can get involved. Come shop in our artist alley and get a jump start on the holidays! We have lots of activities scheduled to keep you moving and work up a sweat – 5k, 10 mile bike ride, rock climbing wall, Zumba demonstration and more! Check our website for details: www.CollegeParkDay.org.
Live entertainment will be featured on our main stage during the day – everything from R&B, Rock, Blues, and steel drums as well as high flying acrobats! We’ll have lots of kid friendly activities, bounce houses, carnival games, and a kid’s bike rodeo! Bring your bike and learn safety and handling and maybe win a prize! We’re also pet friendly and will be holding a pet parade at 12pm benefitting the Animal Welfare Committee! Come out hungry and bring your appetite, we’ll have a lot of good food at the event! BBQ, Indonesian, Korean, Venezuelan, Hawaiian BBQ, Hotdogs, Cupcakes, and Shave Ice – sweet, savory and more! Just offsite 2 blocks away the
College Park Aviation museum is offering free admission and the PG County Helicopter unit is hosting an open house! For residents not able to come out to the event or for something to do later in the day, many local restaurants will be taking part as participants on College Park Day offering 10% off your final bill and other deals. Check our website for more information: www.CollegeParkDay.org Something for everyone at College Park Day – we hope you will join us
COLLEGE PARK DAY
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 – 11:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.
PAINT BRANCH PARKWAY AND CORPORAL FRANK SCOTT DRIVE
In last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council voted to approve the Bike Share program in College Park. The program will be jointly funded by the City and the University of Maryland. The Council also approved a memorandum of understanding between the City and the UMD.
According to the MOU, the funding received by the Parties, plus other sources of funds received by the City, will allow the University to install four (4) bikeshare stations and will allow the City to install six (6) bikeshare stations.
Additional stations may be added to the Project by the University or the City, subject to that party providing the funds for installation and operation.
The City and the University have determined that, to maximize the benefits of their respective grants and to achieve their respective bikeshare program goals and the purchase, installation and operation of bikeshare stations and bicycles, it is
appropriate to coordinate their efforts; and the Parties have reached an agreement to coordinate their efforts, as set out in the MOU.
The term of this MOU shall be five years from the effective date. The City will install the stations using the funds provided through the Bikesharing Grant Project administered by the Department and funds received from another source by the City. The bikeshare stations.
The City and the University will jointly select a contractor to install and maintain the said bikeshare stations. The City and the University of Maryland will pay the installation cost of their respective bike share stations with the exception of the Ritchie Coliseum and Lot 3 bike share station sites. The University will seek Facilities Council approval for the installation of the City bikeshare stations to be located at Ritchie Coliseum and Lot 3.
Presuming approval is granted, the City will be responsible for any and all installation, improvement, maintenance, capital and operating costs associated with the Ritchie Coliseum and Lot 3 bike share stations. The City will also pay the one-time launch costs. Operating costs incurred through the contractor shall be divided pro-rata between the City and the University on a per dock basis.
The City and University may develop a joint project name, logo, color scheme and any other branding specifications for use with the project.
The Parties anticipate that the Project will generate revenues from subscription and user fees and advertising and sponsorship proceeds. Subscription fees are those fees paid by subscribers with addresses in the City or on the campus of the University or who have memberships affiliated with the University of Maryland.
Usage fees are the fees attributable to bicycles rented in (trips initiated from stations in) the City or on the campus of the
University. The City and the University agree to share the net proceeds, after deducting all costs of the Program, on a per dock basis. The Parties recognize that operation of the Program, including but not limited to actual usage of each bikeshare station and related operating costs, may require renegotiation of division of proceeds, and agree to undertake such negotiation on a good
The City and the University agree to share information and to work jointly to file periodic reports pursuant to the requirements of their respective Bikesharing Grant Project Agreements. They will attend periodic meetings, no less than quarterly, to review performance of the goals of the Program. The Parties agree to cooperate in publicizing the Program.
The University will, subject to funding, to develop a marketing plan for the Project, which shall be provided to the City for its approval prior to implementation.
At tonight’s worksession, the City Council will discuss extending the Capital Bike Share Program to College Park.
In an effort to ease traffic congestion, decrease pollution, and improve public health, the City of College Park and the University of Maryland began negotiations in 2012 to implement an expansion of the Capital Bikeshare network.
As the largest in the nation, the network currently offers over 1800 bicycles and 200 stations in the District of Columbia, Alexandria, and Arlington, Virginia with expansion systems planned for Montgomery County. The system has enjoyed much success and growth by making the user experience convenient and flexible.
As a regional membership system, Bikeshare allows users to sign up on-line or at any of the stations in the region using a credit card. Daily, monthly, or yearly memberships can be set up on-line or at each station kiosk using a personal credit card. Bicycles can then be used and returned to any bikeshare station within the system. One-to-three day memberships are available for $7 to $13 respectively.
Monthly and annual options are available for $25 and $75 respectively. Longer term members are delivered a key which can then access bicycles 24 hours a day. While the first 30 minutes of use is always free, usage fees are charged in 30 minute increments and differ by membership type.
For the participating localities, memberships have, in some areas, generated a significant revenue stream. In the District of Columbia, for example, the system’s revenue to operating cost ratio in 2011 was 120% The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Maryland describes how the City and University will coordinate to develop the system. The five year MOU outlines specific details for the initial joint system which will provide a total of 10 stations on and off campus. While the State grant was for 8 stations ( 4 supported by the City, 4 by the University of Maryland) the City has added 2 more stations using funds from developers and the County.
The stations and bicycles will be purchased and owned by the City and University. Alta will manage the entire system, including maintenance, bicycle repair and replacement, and daily “rebalancing” wherein bicycles are transferred from fully occupied stations to stations that need more bicycles. Station sites were determined through on-site consultation with Alta and are shown on the map above. The off-campus locations funded by the City are located at the 7400 Block of Baltimore Avenue, College Park Metro, The Varsity Apartments, the Quality Inn at 7200 Baltimore A venue, Ritchie Coliseum, and the Domain Apartments.
The on-campus locations are South Dining Hall, Stamp Student Union, Regents Drive Parking Deck, and Epply Recreation Center. The MOU calls for the University and City to pay operating costs and share revenues on a pro-rata or per dock basis. The City and University will sign a joint contract with Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
The contract is still being finalized and is based on the recently completed Montgomery County system contract. The contract outlines the implementation details including how each station will be sited, installed, maintained, and if necessary, relocated. Marketing is largely the responsibility of the City and University with Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. providing assistance if necessary. The regional Bikeshare system is also promoted through capitalbikeshare.com as well as goDCgo.com.
An important component of the contract still being addressed is the creation of a membership category specifically geared towards University of Maryland affiliation. The goal is for students, faculty, and staff associated with the University of Maryland to have their membership fees allocated to the College Park/UMD system. This is an important aspect of the agreement due to the many students and faculty that reside outside of the City and University and would have their membership revenues sent to other jurisdictions. Along with memberships, the City and university will benefit from all proceeds for advertising at the station kiosks and on the bicycles.
Total System Funding for City of College Park is $376,842. This includes $66,000 from Maryland Department of Transportation Grant $187,490, $100,000 from City of College Park and Developer Contributions Prince George’s County Contribution, $23,352 from annual Membership and Advertising Revenue (estimated at 24% of operating costs)
Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. performs regular surveys of system usage and maintains data sets on issues such as memberships, ridership, customer service, and safety. Reports are provided monthly. There are capital and operating costs associated with the system. Capital costs are for the purchase of bikes and docks which together comprise a station. Costs vary by size of station. Operating costs are computed by the number of docks per station and billed at $117.43 per dock per month. The total capital cost for College Park’s 70 dock, 38 bike system is $244,988 paid upon execution of the contract. The total annual operating cost is $98,642, divided into monthly payments to Alta Bicycle Share, Inc.
Additional costs include a one-time “launch” cost of $15,800. Costs associated with the launch include items such as Alta’s labor expenses, site visits and analysis with the City, safety equipment during installation, tools, crane use, and communication. The stations and bicycles themselves are special ordered and are anticipated to take approximately 4 months to arrive. Installation is expected to take an additional 2 months.
Staff is recommending that the City Manager be authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Maryland and to enter into negotiations with Alta Bicycle Share, Incorporated for the contract for a Capital Bikeshare system.
It’s the first time since Car Free Day started being observed throughout metropolitan Washington in 2008 that the event falls on a Saturday. Ordinarily, when Car Free Day falls on a weekday, most of those who pledge to go car-free or “car-lite” are faced with finding alternative ways to get to and from work.
This year, however, many Car Free Day participants will be focusing on finding alternatives like transit, bicycling, walking, and carpooling to get to and from all the places other than work that people travel.
Please read more about this year’s Car Free Day at the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s (NCTPB) website here.
College Park’s Bike & Ride facility is set to on next Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00 AM.
This will also the first Bike & Ride facility of its kind in the Metro system. More information is online at the Metro site here.
The Bike & Ride facility is a secure, enclosed parking structure with space for more than 100 bikes. The enclosed 2,400-square-foot room is located on the first level of the parking garage.
Bike & Ride users will need a personal access card to enter the Bike & Ride, providing a second level of security beyond a bike lock.
Bike parking in the facility is charged at a rate of 2 to 5 cents per hour. There are no monthly or annual fees. A one-time $5 charge is applied for new customer ID verification.
Metro has been testing the facility for about a month with a selected group of users allowing them to try out the new system and evaluate how it works.
If you plan to attend the grand opening next week, Metro is strongly encouraging you to arrive on bike – having as many attendees as possible coming on bike will send a great message to our community.
Last Tuesday, College Park received the good news that it has been awarded the long awaited BikeShare grant from the State of Maryland.
College Park was one of the first seven winners of State’s new Maryland Bikeshare Program grants to help Maryland communities plan, establish or expand bikeshare programs. The total value of the grant is $2.5 million. College Park will potentially receive $350,000 of the grant.
The winners of grants to implement bikesharing systems are: Baltimore City, Montgomery County and joint partners with University of Maryland at College Park and the City of College Park. The winners of grants for feasibility studies of potential bikeshare stations are: Frederick City, Howard County and joint partners with Prince George’s County and the City of Greenbelt.
The grant-winning projects include both feasibility studies for several jurisdictions and actual implementation and opening of bikeshare stations for others that are further along in the planning and design process. The winners are divided into two categories – funding to implement a bikeshare facility and funding for a feasibility study to determine potential bikeshare station locations.
The Bikeshare Grant Program is funded through the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and will cover 80 percent of the total project cost. Local jurisdictions are required to pay a 20 percent match.
By announcing the grant, Govt. O’Malley’s office said “Bikesharing allows Marylanders an affordable option for short-distance trips as an alternative to public transportation, driving or walking. By getting out and taking a bike ride, we also learn to enjoy more of Maryland’s natural treasures, help reduce the impact on the land, improve our fitness and well-being, and enhance our quality of life.”
According to the grant application, the following stations were proposed:
1. Regents Drive parking garage
2. Stamp Student Union
3. McKeldin Library
4. Eppley Recreation Center
5. College Park Metro Station
6. Downtown near the Knox Road and U.S. Route 1 intersection,
7. The Varsity student apartments
8. the Hollywood Shopping Center.
The grant application proposed a total of 64 bikes will be available part of the network.
With the announcement of the grant, I’m sure City residents will be engaged in a lively debate on where exactly the grant money should be spent to build BikeShare stations.
I came across this interesting BiCycle Bug’s Blog, that asks for more diverse locations of bicycle stations. In terms of the proposed Hollywood station, it writes:
There will be a station at the Hollywood Shopping Center. This location by itself is great. It contains both a MOM’s and REI and can be reached by the Trolley Trail and Rhode Island Ave bike lanes. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a hike from the other locations (2.5 miles to UMD and 3.0 miles to the College Park metro bikeshare station). Because of this, officials seem to have added the final proposed station at Greenbelt Road and University Blvd solely for the purpose of being a leap-frog station and not as its own destination.
Please also see also a map here showing some proposed locations I took from the post above.
Though I take my bike to the Greenbelt Metro Station on my way to work in DC every day, I never took my two-wheeler to my work, ever!
But I have always wanted to make the trip by bike; I know others have done that before.
Last Friday’s Bike to Work Day made that dream a reality!
My guide in this little adventure was Google. Google has recently added an option that you can use to find a route not only using car and public transportation, but also by using a bike! Through this excellent feature in the beta mode, it helped me accomplish what it promises, giving me a route that takes advantage of the existing bike trails.
After my 27+ miles round trip between College Park and DC, I found it to be mostly enjoyable.
The best part of the trip was the opportunity to see some 7 miles of bike trails, starting with our own famous College Park Trolley trail, to the Anacostia Tributary trail, and finally the long Northeast Branch trail that took me to the doors of Washington DC.
Also, the trip (kind of) allowed me to see several cities and townships, such as Mount Rainer, Bentwood, Admonston and of course, DC.
I took a few pictures along the way as I made the trip. Please enjoy them here.
D.C. commuters have been sharing bikes in their streets for some time, but starting yesterday that program is expanding to include Arlington.
Funded by the U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation) the program, called Capital Bikeshare , is the largest such program in the country.
According to officials, 49 stations are operational and about five are being activated each day, allowing users to pick up a bike in one location and return it at any station. The system will feature about 1,100 bicycles at 114 stations in the District and Arlington. Out of that, there are 100 stations in D.C. and 14 in Arlington, where riders can pick up and leave bicycles.
The program is currently offering a $25 discount off the $75 annual membership fee. Monthly memberships are available for $25, and daily memberships will be available at the bike stations for $5.
Though Arlington gets connected with this bike share program today, it looks like other neighboring cities like College Park will have to wait a long time to ride on this network. Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments(MWCOG) failed to win a $10 million for bikeshare expansion that it had applied through a federal stimulus program called TIGER. The City of College Park and UMd jointly applied for that grant application. The original TIGER application asked for 2,250 bikes at 225 stations in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax City, Bethesda, Silver Spring, College Park, Hyattsville, and National Harbor, in addition to the 1,000 the District is already funding.
[Sourec: The Wahington Post, FoxDC, RTCP, GGW]
At last night’s meeting, the City Council considered adopting one or more of the steps below.
These are based on the sustainability plans of several cities, metrics and policies used by some communities and UMD, and conversations with staff, Council members, committee members, and UMD staff.
• Authorize an expanded Green Team (consider adding a UMD Office of Sustainability member and/or UMD researchers, residents with professional experience sustainability programs, local govemment, and/or finance) to draft the framework for a sustainability plan to meet emissions targets for the City (similar to what other communities have done) and to present the draft plan for Council discussion.
• Based on preliminary recommendations by the Green Team, develop an agreement with the UMD ‘”Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability” program that identifies specific College Park needs in the area of sustainability, and matches those needs with specific UMD courses and students to identify best practices for the City to meet the targeted goals. This program could be initiated by College Park, or College Park could collaborate with nearby communities.
• Update the Sustainability Goals of the University District 2020 Vision (in collaboration with the CPCUP).
• Request the Green Team to identify specific additional goals for Sustainable Mmyland Certified, in anticipation of future higher levels of certification and the completion of the current goals.
• Explore joining a program such as STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities; see attachment) to facilitate the implementation and meaEmrement of the City’s sustainability efforts.
The City’s current initiatives related to sustainability include:
Recently, the City of College Park, along with four other municipalities, was honored by Sustainable Maryland Certified program.
The other newly certified communities included the City of Annapolis, Town of Edmonston and City of Hyattsville. College Park completed the rigorous application and review process and achieved certification by completing the 2 mandatory and priority actions and accumulating more than 150 points.
On March 13th, 2012 City Council passed a resolution to establish a “Green Team” with the charge of leading the City in organizing and completing actions toward certification under the State of Maryland’s Sustainable Maryland Certified (SMC) Program.
Since August of 2012 the Team has met once per month to discuss and complete the necessary requirements toward certification. The mandatory actions toward certification are the establishment of the Green Team and the creation of a 3 Year Action Plan. The Plan describes specific environmentally sustainable measures and effectively outlines a strategy towards completing actions that will allow the City to achieve certification within the SMC program.
Action items within the Plan are assigned point values and are categorized among the following 8 sustainability issues: Community Action, Community Based Food Systems, Energy, Greenhouse Gas, Health and Wellness, Local Economy and Natural Resources.
In the past year the City worked ona number of programs that helped them to achieve the award. They include the city’s inaugural “buy local” campaign, “Shop College Park,” with special emphasis on promoting locally-owned and independent businesses. The City also to set up a pit-stop event for the Metropolitan Area Council of Government’s annual Bike to Work Day. College Park also developed an innovative recycling program that includes single stream recycling, electronics and yard waste, a comprehensive workplace wellness program for municipal employees, including frequent lunch hour seminars and workshops, as well as an employee reimbursement program for fitness activities outside of the office. Also we worked on 3 farmers markets in the city, one at the UMd, one at the City Hall parking lot and another in Hollywood.
In the coming years, the City plans to work on a number of sustainability related projects, such as the Bike Share program (which will start early next year), community garden project, the business recycling plan and the green street program.
I bike to Metro on my way to my work everyday; so this got my attention.
The City of College Park, along with other municipal governments and businesses in the Washington DC area are sponsoring a Bike to Work day on Friday, May 21st.
Join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Meet up with your neighbors at one of 35 regional pit stops, ride into the city with experienced commuter convoys and meet your fellow cyclists at Freedom Plaza. Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Commuter Connections invite you to try bicycling to work as an alternative to solo driving. Help the Washington region become a better place to ride. Bike to Work Day is a FREE event and open to all area commuters. There will be a raffle, prizes, food, drink and more at all pit stops throughout the region.
Free T-shirts will available for the first 8.500 registrants who are in attendance at the pit stop they registered for.
Registration for Bike to Work Day 2010 is now open!
Follow the link below and register for the pit stop rally you plan to attend. Raffles will be held at each pit stop for prizes including commuter bags, bike locks, and bicycles.