Memphis may not have a citywide bike share program yet, but many
businesses across the nation are finding these programs to be a great addition
to their employee wellness initiatives.
According to an article published in Imperial Valley News,
the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently announced their new
bike share program. Dr.
Ron Chapman, CDPH director and state health officer, unveiled its employee Bike
Share program on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 15 with 6 new bikes.
is committed to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in
California, and that includes its employees,” Dr. Chapman says. “Many large
businesses in California already use bicycles to get around their campuses. Our
Bike Share program takes it a little further by allowing employees to pedal to
meetings, or during lunch break, head to lunch, run an errand, go shopping or
simply enjoy some good old fashioned physical activity.”
also know of at least two employer-sponsored bike share programs right here in
Memphis. Rhodes College and the University of Memphis both have bike share
programs available year-round to their students, faculty, and staff members.
Tiger Bike Share program is a University of Memphis green fee initiative that
allows students, faculty or staff the opportunity to check out a bicycle for
recreational purposes or as an alternative mode of transportation.
Rhodes College has an on-campus Bike Shop. “Our Bike Shop is a student-run
initiative which allows you to check out a bike at no charge, much like you
would a library book”, said Tracy Adkisson, Associate Director of Physical Plant
at Rhodes College. At the Rhodes College Bike Shop you can also check out
locks, helmets and other accessories or even bring your personal bike by for a
Tiger Bike Share Program and Rhode’s Bike Shop are great ways to reduce the
carbon footprint and promote a healthy and active resource for individuals to
get to and from work, meetings and classes. The faculty, staff and students at
both Rhodes and the U of M can also explore the new bike lanes and trails that
the City of Memphis and Shelby County have to offer.
The benefits to a Bike Share program are
truly endless. “You burn calories, reduce traffic congestions, reduce carbon
emissions, improve your cardiovascular and mental health,” says Dr. Chapman.
“And with a bike, you don’t have to battle for a parking spot.”
Do you have a bike share program or know an
employer that has one? Contact Tara Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know the details and we will start a list
of local resources that can help others move in this direction.
Article Reference: http://www.imperialvalleynews.com/index.php/news/california-news/8734-cdph-rolls-out-employee-bikeshare-program.html