(Washington D.C.) — The Department of General Service’s Sustainability and Energy division is making sure that District bikers have access to all the tools needed to make their rides trouble-free. “We have purchased and assembled eight bike repair stations, and anticipate they will serve as a great tool for quick bike fixes for the city’s many bike riders and commuters,” said Sustainability + Energy Associate Director Mark Chambers. “These stations play an important role in highlighting DGS’ support for and commitment to the creation of a highly sustainable district, especially as it relates to multimodal transit, “ he added.
The bike stations are equipped with an air pump and eight retractable tools. The Sustainability + Energy team did thorough research about the locations where the stations would be best used and are most needed, consulting with many experts on this topic. As a result, the team has coordinated the installation of the first eight stations at:
- Banneker Recreation Center (2500 Georgia Ave NW - Ward 1)
- Takoma Aquatic Center (300 Van Buren St NW - Ward 4)
- Rosedale Recreation Center (1701 Gales St NE - Ward 6)
- Francis Gregory Library (3660 Alabama Ave SE - Ward 7)
- Reeves Center (2000 14th St NW - Ward 1)
- Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library (4450 Wisconsin Ave NW - Ward 3)
- Penn Center (326 R St NE - Ward 5)
- Department of Employment Services (4058 Minnesota Ave NE - Ward 7)
- With the installation of many more in the near future.
The stations are not intended to replace the function of bike shops, but rather work in conjunction to provide easily accessible tools for quick fixes in areas that may not be close to many bike shops or areas that have yet to develop a strong biking support structure.
In the past week since being installed, DGS has already received positive feedback on the stations, observing that they are already getting good use and having received requests to install more.
“If people feel like their environment supports their desire to bike, they are more likely to do so; and that’s a win for our residents and for the District,” commented DGS Director Christopher Weaver.
THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES:
The mission of the Department of General Services (DGS) is to elevate the quality of life for the District with superior construction, first-rate maintenance and expert real estate management. By building and maintaining safe and green state-of-the-art facilities which foster economic growth and elevate educational environments, our trusted and skillful employees create modern and vibrant communities across all of the District of Columbia.