Rx BIKES

Asbury Park has a successful bike share program. We hope that it’s going to be used even more in every neighborhood in the city as a viable option for alternative transportation. It may be possible that even more people can be encouraged to use bike share if it’s prescribed as a health benefit, and if the bike share cost is waived. In countries all over the world bikes are an important mode of transportation, and the health benefits in those countries are measurable. Doctors in NJ are prescribing gym memberships and wellness programs and fees are reduced or waived, so could doctors in our area begin to utilize bike share as a health prescription?

 

Take Two Bike Rides and Call Me in the Morning: Cycling as Doctor’s Orders

By Palko Karasz May 10, 2019

London’s bike-rental program has proved popular. Now, patients at two medical centers in Cardiff, Wales, will be offered six-month subscriptions to a bike-rental service, with free rides of up to 30 minutes.
LONDON — A new program in Wales will allow family doctors to offer patients an unusual prescription for better health: bicycles.

“…six-month subscriptions to a bike-rental service that allows them to make unlimited free rides of up to 30 minutes at a time, and officials hope to expand the program.

“For the first phase of the pilot, we want to make sure the scheme works as intended and is easy to use for patients and their health professionals…”

Read and ride:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/world/europe/uk-prescription-bikes.html

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