Casey Trees, an organization working to restore, enhance, and protect the tree canopy of Washington D.C., has initiated the nation’s first bicycle-powered program to water and care for a City’s trees. From their website:
Conceived as an environmentally responsible and more efficient way to reach trees located in neighborhoods with limited street parking, Water By-Cycle crew members will inspect, maintain and water Casey Trees-planted trees located in Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Eckington Park, Downtown, Embassy Row, Georgetown, and Mt. Pleasant.
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 environmental careers. Water is accessed from City fire hydrants with permission from the DC Water and Sewage Authority and paid for by Casey Trees.
The Water By-Cycle program allows Casey Trees staff to get to tree planting locations faster — no fighting traffic or hunting for a legal parking space, better interact with the people on the street, and reminds vehicle and pedestrian street traffic to water trees on or surrounding their property with 25 gallons of water per tree per week — part of Casey Trees’ 25 to Stay Alive campaign.