The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has six new reasons for employees to be more active: six bikes. Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director and state health officer, unveiled its employee BikeShare program on Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 15.
“I have a new prescription,” says Dr. Chapman. “Take a bike. This BikeShare program was created at no cost to the state or CDPH. It demonstrates CDPH’s commitment to good health and to improve air quality by reducing downtown traffic congestion.”
Sacramento hosted the opening leg of the Amgen Tour of California, and was recently named the ninth 'Best U.S. Cycling Town' by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers' Choice. Sacramento and the city of Davis were the only California cities that made the list.
“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 BikeShare 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.”
BikeShare is designed as downtown transportation without using a car. The bicycles were donated by Kaiser Permanente, one of the partners in the CDPH employee wellness program. Employees first must attend a safety and orientation class before they are allowed to check out the bikes, which also come with bicycle helmets.
“You burn calories, reduce downtown 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.”