Washington, DC (August 3, 2009)- Casey Trees’ urban forestry field crew is now on bikes. Water By-Cycle, the nation’s first bicycle-powered program created to water and care for a City’s trees, will officially launch on Thursday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. at Samuel Gompers Park (10th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.) following its “christening” by a bottle of sports drink. The inaugural tree care route will stretch from along Massachusetts Avenue.
Conceived as an environmentally responsible and more efficient way to reach trees located in neighborhoods with limited street parking, Water By-Cycle will mulch and water Casey Trees-planted trees located in Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Eckington Park, Downtown, Embassy Row, Georgetown, and Mt. Pleasant. Casey Trees-planted trees in other District neighborhoods will continue to be cared for by Casey Trees field crew in trucks.
Water By-Cycle is comprised of street bikes and a custom 6′ cargo trailer carrying watering hoses, safety cones and tree care literature led by a full-time Bike Crew Chief and Casey Trees’ Urban Forestry High School Interns as part of their introduction to the work force and to environmental careers. Water is accessed from City fire hydrants with permission from the DC Water and Sewage Authority and paid for by Casey Trees.
“Casey Trees staff on bikes allows us to get to our tree planting locations faster- no fighting traffic or hunting for a legal parking space, better interaction with the people on the street, and reminds vehicle and pedestrian street traffic to water and mulch trees on their property just by seeing us out,” said Matthew Fried, Urban Forestry Manager.
As part of the Water By-Cycle program, Casey Trees is also launching a new tree watering initiative slogan- 25 to Stay Alive- to encourage residents and businesses to water trees on or surrounding their property with 25 gallons of water weekly in times of little or no rainfall especially during hot summer months. Portable drip irrigation systems such as Ooze Tubes(r) make regular watering more convenient and affordable – less water is wasted.
Requests to ride along a Water By-Cycle tree care route can be accommodated.
About Casey Trees:
Casey Trees is a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization established in 2001 committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the Nation’s Capital. To learn more about Casey Trees, visit www.caseytrees.org.
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