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Sharp supports Bike to Work Day

May 20, 2016

Sharp supports Bike to Work Day

Allen Palmer, cath lab lead at Sharp Memorial Hospital, using the new bike lockers on the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus.

Bike to Work Day is a day to inspire people to try an alternative to driving to work. The annual event is part of National Bike Month, which encourages bike riding to save money, explore the community and foster a healthy lifestyle.

Three Sharp hospitals — Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Sharp Coronado Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital — will serve as pit stops for employees and other riders participating in Bike to Work Day. At the pit stops, cyclists will be greeted by Sharp employees and receive giveaways, snacks, sports massages and free helmets.

Cyclists are encouraged to visit iCommuteSD.com to log trips, learn riding and bike safety tips, and view the regional bike map to plan their ride.

Riding your bike is a good way to exercise that can have benefits to your overall health and well-being. Regular cycling may help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.

With the help of Cathy Pence, project manager, and Brett Covington, director of engineering, Sharp Memorial recently installed 20 bike lockers around the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus to support employees who ride their bike to work, encourage an alternative to driving, reduce parking challenges and promote living an active lifestyle.

"I think it is a really positive step we are taking, and I am glad employees took the time to express their interest in this," says Tony Guerra, MPH, vice president of campus planning and development. "The city has a goal over the next 20 years to reduce greenhouse emissions by 50 percent. This initiative for our campus is perfectly aligned with the city’s and community's goals."

The new bike lockers are made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic that is highly resistant to impact and stains, and will not corrode. It also features a heavy-duty stainless steel handle that will accommodate high security padlocks and u-locks. The bike lockers offer an enclosed shelter, protection and security for employee bikes.

There may be efforts in the future to put more bike lockers around campus.

"If the demand is there, we will look at additional locations on campus and how we can accommodate more bike lockers. That would be a good thing," says Guerra.

For the media: To talk with a Sharp expert about Bike to Work Day or bicycle safety, contact Erica Carlson, senior public relations specialist, at erica.carlson@sharp.com.

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