COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Regional Health received a Bronze Award from the League of American Bicyclists as Columbus' first Bicycle-Friendly Business on Saturday, and hit the pavement to celebrate.
The League's Bicycle Friendly-Program recognizes businesses across the country for encouraging a welcoming cycling atmosphere for employees, customers and the community.
"We are honored with this recognition for our efforts to be a bicycle-friendly organization," said M. Scott Hill, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Regional Health. "Cycling is a healthy, environmentally friendly activity, it is fun for the entire family, and it is a safe activity when done properly. We support cycling, encourage it and are pleased to make our campus accommodating to our employees who bike to work and to others visiting our facilities."
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson joined the ride and made remarks at the event. Ryan Chandler, CEO of Midtown Medical Center and Dayton Preston, Wellness First program manager for Columbus Regional Health also spoke at the event.
The recognition as a Bicycle-Friendly Business results from Columbus Regional Health's community efforts for alternative transportation. Bike racks are in place around Columbus Regional Health facilities to promote biking to and from work, shower and locker room accommodations are provided for employees and Columbus Regional Health actively promotes the Fall Line Trace bike route, which runs near Midtown Medical Center.
In addition, Columbus Regional Health promotes local biking events in the community, offers fall and spring rides for all employees and their families and offers education on bicycle safety, cycling laws, equipment and exercise.
"Our employee wellness program offers education, support and guidance for physical activity opportunities in Columbus," said Dayton Preston, program manager for Columbus Regional Health. "Our efforts are to make wellness accessible and efficient by assisting employees in a variety of activities. The biking support and education we provide work well with our efforts to encourage employee physical fitness and involvement in community activities."
The League of American Bicyclists recognizes bicycle-friendly businesses at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.
"Columbus Regional Health will pursue higher recognition levels in years to come as we continue to grow as a bicycle-friendly business," Preston said.