Good Samaritan Opens Bike Sharing Program

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From this week’s Los Angeles County Bike Coalition newsletter comes news that one major employer in Los Angeles is bringing bike sharing for their employees.

Bike Sharing At Good Sam

Good Samaritan Hospital in Downtown Los Angeles has
launched a bike-sharing program that allows its approximately 1,500 employees to
borrow bicycles for traveling around the hospital campus and nearby destinations
between 7 a.m. and dusk. The hospital currently has three bikes available for
use, but may expand the program if it proves popular, said Good Samaritan
President and CEO Andy Leeka. The bike-sharing plan is meant to complement
existing programs at Good Samaritan focused on employee wellness, including
on-campus exercise and weight-loss classes and healthy cafeteria food. "We can’t
really espouse to our community to stay healthy if we don’t set the example
ourselves," said Leeka, who bikes 30 miles to and from work three times a week.
"A bicycle is the most efficient means of transportation out there, and it’s
non-polluting." Good Samaritan also hosts the annual Blessing of the Bicycles
each May.

Speaking of the Bike Coalition, this would be a good time to consider a membership for 2009 as a Holiday Present for that Special Someone in your life.

Photo: Robjtak/flickr

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