As El Paso Public Bikeshare Stalls, Employee Bike Pool Program Pedals On

El Paso employees can use a bike pool to get around downtown. El Paso employees can use a bike pool to get around downtown. El Paso Sustainability/YouTube

It’s fairly normal for cities to have vehicle-fleet programs for their employees to use for official business. But more and more, cities are adding bicycles to the mix, allowing city workers to use pedal power to make short emissions-free trips on two wheels instead of four that are powered by fuel.

In 2012, El Paso, Texas, introduced a city employee bike pool for trips around downtown and had a plan to build a public bikeshare system, too. The public bikeshare program currently on hold, but could move forward next year.

In the meantime, city employees have been utilizing El Paso’s bike pool, which can be used for official business or to run personal errands.

According to an El Paso Times article from when the bike-pool program launched:

"We don't really want to be picky about what they use the bike for. If they're taking them to lunch, great. That means they're not using their car," said Marty Howell, the city's interim director of Economic Development and Sustainability. "All we tell them is to wear a helmet, obey safety laws and lock it when they get there."

This week, El Paso’s Sustainability Program posted this video showing how the program works:

Other cities with employee bike-pool programs include Longmont, Colorado; Norfolk, Virginia; Tucson, Arizona; and East Lansing, Michigan.

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