Seattle Children’s makes $500,000 grant to Puget Sound Bike Share
Seattle Children’s Hospital and Puget Sound Bike Share have exciting news about the future of bike sharing in Seattle.
Seattle Children’s Hospital today announced a $500,000 grant to Puget Sound Bike Share. The grant will provide adult helmets at future bike-share stations in the Seattle area. Seattle Children’s is the first major Seattle-area employer to invest in the program, which has received $1.75 million in state and federal grants.
As part of the partnership, Children’s employees will receive memberships to the bike-sharing program. Puget Sound Bike Share will also operate two bike-share stations on Seattle Children’s main campus.
“We are dedicated to supporting a healthy workforce and helping our employees find commute alternatives,” said Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Less than 40 percent of our employees drive to work alone. Bike sharing will be another great option our employees can use to get around the city.”
Puget Sound Bike Share is a nonprofit working with the support of local government agencies to bring a bike-sharing system to the Seattle area. The first phase of the program, scheduled to launch in spring 2014, will include 50 bike-share stations and 500 bikes near Seattle’s most popular urban destinations.
“Bike share will be a success in King County because of generous and visionary community partners like Seattle Children’s Hospital,” said Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share.
The grant is part of Seattle Children’s overall commitment to providing sustainable alternate commute options for the Puget Sound region. As part of the hospital’s 20-year master plan, Seattle Children’s has already committed nearly $4 million for neighborhood transportation improvements, including a cycle track along Sand Point Way NE and a new connection between the Burke-Gilman Trail and Sand Point Way NE.
“Seattle’s bike-share network will help provide a new option for people to get around, supporting health, safety and vibrant communities,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “This program is a partnership with the private sector, and we hope other institutions in our community will step forward to match Seattle Children’s investment.”
“As we know from other cities, bike share dramatically increases the number of people who ride and once someone tries bike share they tend to use it frequently for all kinds of short trips,” said City Council Transportation Chair Tom Rasmussen. “Studies have shown that even just a few short bike rides a week is enough to burn off an average of 11 pounds a year and reduce mortality rate by 39 percent. So, thank you, Seattle Children’s, for making Seattle a healthier place to live.”
For more information on Puget Sound Bike Share, visit pugetsoundbikeshare.org.
About Seattle Children’s
Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.