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Employee Bike Share Programs

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.  

“CDPH 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.”  

We 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.  

The 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.  

Similarly, 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 quick repair.  

The 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 thill@memphisbusinessgroup.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

Posted by Tara Hill at 6:46 PM

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