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Bike to Work Day is Around the Corner. Register Today!

If you haven’t already registered, Bike to Work Day is May 17! The City will once again host our Pit Stop in front of City Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Register for free at biketoworkmetrodc.org

f you’re one of the 20,000 to register, you can get a free t-shirt.

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Bike to Work Day is Back!

On Friday, May 17, 2019, join new riders and veteran bicycle commuters in a celebration of biking as a fun, healthy way to get to work. Drop by the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes!

Be sure to register early – the first 20,000 to sign up across the region will be guaranteed a free t-shirt.

For more information and to register, please click here

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Registration is Now Open for Bike to Work Day!

Get out your bicycles, because on Friday, May 18, the City of College Park invites you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work with Bike to Work Day!

Take a break at the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes. Register now, it’s free! Be one of the first 20,000 to register region-wide and receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/. For the City’s Facebook event page, please click here.

Bike to Work Day – This Friday

What: Bike to Work Day
When: Friday, May 19 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Where: City Hall, 4500 Knox Road

Get out your bicycles, because on Friday May 19, the City of College Park invites you to celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work!Take a break at the City Hall pit stop on your way to work for food, beverages, fun, and prizes. Register now, it’s free! Be one of the first 16,000 to register region-wide and receive a free T-shirt.

For more information or to register, please visit http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/

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Bike to Work Day – This Friday

 

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 a.m. 
MAKE A PIT STOP IN
THE PARKING LOT OF  
CITY HALL, 4500 KNOX ROAD,
COLLEGE PARK

   


Please join us for Bike to Work Day.
We’ll have food, refreshments, a free T-shirt* and prizes, information
about biking in the area and bike mechanics to inspect your ride!
Sign up at http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org and select  
College Park City Hall as your pit-stop.  
 
*We can only guarantee T-shirts to people who have pre-registered online.

For more information contact:  
Steve Beavers, Community Development Coordinator
City of College Park, 240-487-3541, sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov.

Bike to Work Day, Tomorrow

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 sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov

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, this Friday, May 17

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.

Bike to Workday, Tomorrow

Bike To Work Day, 2011

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.

mBike to End Operation in August

College Park’s bike share program, mBike, will end this summer, with the last day of operations on August 31, 2019. The City made this announcement yesterday.

The mBike is a collaborative bikeshare program between the City, and the UMD.

With the three-year contract coming to an end, the City was unable to come to terms on a replacement system with Zagster and have mutually agreed to part ways. The mBike program grew steadily over the past three years with more than 4,000 unique users and 130,000 trips.

The City, the UMD, and the Town of University Park intend to build on the success of mBike by introducing a new shared mobility system that provides pedal bikes, pedal-assist bikes and electric scooters. We hope to make details of this new system public very soon.

The County is also rolling out the Capital bike share network in College Park and the surrounding municipalities.

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Rhode Island Avenue Protected Bike Lanes Project Materials

Recently, the City published the slides and other materials presented at last Wednesday’s community meeting at Davis Hall on the Rhode Island Avenue Protected Bike Lanes project. Here are the links.

Public Meeting Slides – Feb, 2018 

Conceptual Plan – Feb, 2018

Typical Sections – Feb, 2018

Buffer Materials Exhibit – Feb, 2018

The project’s goal is to (1) examine opportunities to improve safety and access on Rhode Island Avenue Frontage roads (2) Provide a continuous, safe and usable cycling route for all ages and abilities and (3) Connect College Park North and the Hollywood Commercial District with: Downtown College Park, Riverdale Park, Hyattsville and Metro/MARC

The consultant is expected to complete the 30% design work by May. After that, the community will be consulted to get further input.

 

 

College Park Day – This Saturday

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

Council Approves Bike Share Program in College Park


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
faith basis.

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.

Council to Discuss Extending Capital Bike Share to College Park

Capital Bike share

Capital Bike share

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.

Bike share stations

Proposed bike share stations

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.

Car Free Day – September 22, 2012

Car Free Day, September 2012


Carpool to the game. Ride Metro to a museum. Bike or walk to the grocery store. Combine errands. These are just a few of the ways that organizers of the Washington area’s 2012 Car Free Day — scheduled for Saturday, September 22 — say people can reduce or eliminate their use of private automobiles in celebration of the diversity of transportation modes available in the region.

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.

City’s First Bike Park and Ride to Open Next Week

Bike and Ride station at the College Park Metro

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.



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