The Friends of Reading Hospital announced it has funded the return of Reading Hospital’s Bike Share program, which was temporarily paused during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are extremely happy to help support the return of the Bike Share program,” said Sharon Keating, president of The Friends of Reading Hospital. “Our community is connected in many ways and the reintroduction of this program allows hospital employees to reconnect with local businesses and organizations just blocks from Reading Hospital.”
The program, which relaunched this week, allows employees to select a safe and active mode of transportation that is environmentally friendly and provides numerous health benefits, officials said. It also encourages employees to reduce their overall carbon footprint while increasing support of local businesses and provides easy transportation to nearby trails.
Officials said that before the pandemic more than 200 employees took part in the program and experienced the numerous financial, physical and emotional benefits of biking.
“The Bike Share program was very successful when we first introduced it in 2016,” said Dr. Charles Barbera, president and CEO of Reading Hospital. “Our employees saw numerous benefits from the program, so we are very excited to once again provide our employees another opportunity to connect with our surrounding community while experiencing all the health benefits that come from biking.”
How it works
Ten bikes have been placed on Reading Hospital’s West Reading campus and can be found at one of two stations: the Seventh Avenue parking garage or Vanity Fair parking lot.
For Tower Health employees, bike rental from these stations is free for the first three hours and then $5 for each additional hour.
Through the Tower Health membership, employees will be automatically enrolled in other bike share programs including WYOways, Bike It Lancaster, Hershey Bikes and Susquecycle. In addition, community members who enroll in the Pennsylvania Regional Membership bike share program will be able to access bikes at Reading Hospital.
Source: Berkshire mont