Bikes and Trees: Bringing Green Interests Together

May 16, 2013
1:00-2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

Local residents who enjoy riding their bikes are often the same volunteers who support your organization’s tree planting. In some cities, combining biking with tree education, planting, and care has created a new mode of engaging residents in community forestry. Nonprofits are actively recruiting new urban tree enthusiasts through activities like tree tours, watering, and even operating entire tree plantings with bicycles, resulting in carbon-negative events. Whether delivering supplies to a tree planting by bike, or making two-wheeled vehicles available to staff for routine site visits, ample opportunity exists to engage bicyclists of all ages with community trees.

Downloadable Resources:
Bikes and Trees Resource List
Organizing a Neighborhood Bike Tour


Whitney Dorer, Neighborhood Trees Manager, Friends of Trees (Portland, OR)
Friends of Trees pioneered Plant by Bike plantings done entirely with the aid of bicycles. These carbon-negative events feature volunteers cycling to and from the planting, with staff biking in supplies and trees.

Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting, Casey Trees (Washington, DC)
For four years, the Casey Trees Water By-Cycle fleet has watered street trees along busy rights-of way in DC neighborhoods during the summer. In addition, Casey Trees has hosted bike-friendly tree tours around the nation’s capital.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Encouraging volunteers to use bicycles in multiple ways
* Biking options for staff members
* Safety considerations for bike-friendly programs
* Partnering with local biking nonprofits
* Preparing equipment and supplies for bike-enabled tree activities

About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.

The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.

CEU Approved: 0 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour