The non-profit hospital installed covered and sheltered outdoor bicycle racks and security cameras to enhance safety of bike storage areas. JMH also hosted community bike giveaways and bicycling events.
”Our most significant investment into becoming more bike-friendly at the hospital was the installation of bike racks at our main entrance and Emergency Department entrances,” said Lori Hartz, JMH director of community health. “We plan on working closely with city officials and local partners to develop a bike plan as part of the city’s comprehensive plan as we explore the possible addition of a bike trail on our hospital campus.”
Memorial Health hospitals complete a community health needs assessment every three years to identify the highest health priorities in their local areas. Promoting cycling and active transportation is an evidence-based strategy to drive lower rates of obesity and improve health outcomes.
Three Memorial Health affiliates have pursued becoming bicycle friendly businesses. Jacksonville Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Memorial Hospital and Taylorville Memorial Hospital have worked together to conduct employee surveys and provide educational materials and marketing campaigns to reach employees and community members about the benefits of cycling.
“We hope to set an example for other businesses in our community,” Hartz said. “Our work has prompted new local partnerships, raised awareness about the benefits of cycling and encouraged bike planning and even expansion efforts.”
The League of American Bicyclists works to create safer roads, stronger communities and a Bicycle Friendly America through education, advocacy and promotion.