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Bikes at BBG

BBG has added two bikes and two utility trikes to its fleet of vehicles. The Garden's curators and other Horticulture staff are now able to use the cycles to travel around the grounds and haul small loads of equipment to their work sites instead of taking a truck, thus reducing fossil fuel use as well as noise. During the peak seasons of spring, summer, and fall, visitors will see and hear fewer motor vehicles on the paths as BBG continues to increase its fleet of cycles.

“This is part of a bigger effort to reduce our use of gas-powered machinery. Together with increasing our new bike and trike fleet, we’re continuing to replace our older trucks with electric ones as we get the chance,” says Ronnit Bendavid-Val, director of Gardens and Grounds. Future plans also include investigating battery-powered leaf blowers and other alternatives to gas-powered tools. Stay tuned for more developments!


  • BBG Staff September 18, 2014

    Hi, Ellen: Outside bicycles are not permitted in the Garden, but there are wheelchairs available at each entry for those who need them.

  • April Palmieri September 13, 2014

    I like this idea—less golf cart traffic and exhaust from the various fossil-fuel vehicles on the garden paths.

  • Ellen Davis September 11, 2014

    These are are great, maybe they should be available to some of us who have handicap plates. Can I bring my bike, or rent one?

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BBG Bike Fleet
Native Flora Garden curator Uli Lorimer and Herb Garden curator Maeve Turner carry hoses and other equipment via utility tricycle. The Garden has added the trikes to its fleet of vehicles as part of an ongoing effort to move toward sustainable practices. Photo by Sarah Schmidt