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Federal workers urged to use BikeShare program (Video)

By Ed O'Keefe

VIDEO | Obama administration officials are urging federal workers to use the new Capital BikeShare program to travel around Washington. (Ed O'Keefe)

Updated and Corrected
Two federal agencies are offering employees corporate memberships with the District's Capital Bikeshare Program to help promote the new citywide program and reduce the government's carbon footprint.

The Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration (GSA) have signed up for the program, which launched about 10 days ago.

The program is set to become the largest of its kind in the nation, with 24-hour access to 1,000 bikes at 114 stations in the District and Arlington.

"We bought 300 slots and it's only been open for a week and almost all of them are taken," OPM Director John Berry said Monday at an event announcing the partnership.

"Going on the Red Line from here ... to the Senate takes a lot longer than if you just biked to it. And at the same time it's making an employee healthier," he said.

BikeShare earned a $5.12 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration to launch the program in the D.C. area.

The new partnership also helps agencies meet the requirements of a new White House initiative to promote sustainability and energy efficiency. President Obama in July ordered the government to cut its carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from indirect sources, including employee commutes and travel. Bikes are seen as part of the solution, officials said.

Do you bike to work? Will you use the Bike Share program to get around town or commute from home to the office? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

This item was corrected Oct. 27. The Department of Transportation does not have a corporate BikeShare account, but the FHA provided a grant to the program.

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 4, 2010; 4:40 PM ET
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