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Utah Valley Hospital Encourages its Employees to Embrace Two Wheels

by Michelle Best, Regional Manager, Health Promotion & Wellness, Utah Valley Hospital

 

With a mission of “helping people live the healthiest lives possible,” Utah Valley Hospital has plenty of reasons to encourage caregivers (hospital employees) to embrace two wheels instead of four. During the summer of 2016, the hospital was designated as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists in recognition for its work to get more caregivers on bicycles. Here are some of the ways the hospital is promoting cycling:

Participating in Provo’s Bike to Work Day

The hospital hosted a breakfast station on 800 North as part of Provo’s Bike to Work Day in May 2017, and more than 55 cyclists from around the community showed up. The secret? Breakfast burritos! The hospital plans to host a breakfast station next year, and Intermountain Healthcare will be promoting National Bike to Work Month in May 2018.

Sponsoring a Cycling Club

In 2014, Utah Valley Hospital, in partnership with Intermountain Cancer Services and the American Fork Canyon Run Against Cancer, started sponsoring veloLOVE Cycling Club. The club’s purpose is to promote physical activity through cycling by getting as many people on bikes as possible. Through the sponsorship, the club provides highly discounted kits, organizes weekly club rides for cyclists of all abilities, and participates in cycling events. In 2017, club members rode in events like LOTOJA (Logan to Jackson), the Cache Gran Fondo, FrontRunner Century, Leadville Trail 100 MTB, and Crusher in the Tushar. To join veloLOVE, you can sign up for the club’s email list at www.velolove.club.

Cycling Clinics

For the past two years, American Fork Hospital has hosted a free cycling clinic every spring. The clinic provides information about sports nutrition, bicycle maintenance, injury prevention, training, and bike fits.

Utah Valley Hospital Campus Plan & Bicycle Parking

When Utah Valley’s hospital replacement project is complete in 2019, there will be a bike path running east to west from the hospital’s main entrance to 940 North. This will provide convenient front door access to the facility. The hospital recently purchased 15 Cycle Docks and 12 double bike lockers to place near key hospital access points for caregivers, volunteers, and hospital visitors. By making bike parking more convenient than parking a car and by putting it in highly visible locations, the hospital hopes that more caregivers will begin commuting by bicycle to work. The hospital will also provide a repair station and bicycle pump on the north and south end of campus.

Spin Classes

To help caregivers stay active, particularly during the winter months, the new LiVe Well Center at Utah Valley Hospital (opening 2018) will feature free spin classes. The American Fork Hospital Wellness Center also provides free winter spin classes for caregivers and has started supporting off-season youth mountain bike training.

Incentives for Biking to Work

Intermountain Healthcare’s LiVe Well incentive program allows caregivers to earn $50 per quarter by completing a wellness activity of their choice and watching two online wellness modules. Caregivers can bike to work for their wellness activity.

Utah Valley Hospital hopes to continue finding ways to encourage caregivers and visitors to ride their bikes to the hospital. With bicycle lanes coming in 2018 to Bulldog Boulevard (protected), 500 West (buffered), which both border the hospital campus, UVH will have bike lanes on all four sides of the campus (with the lanes on 800 North and University Avenue), making cycling safer and more convenient.

Utah Valley Hospital Named Provo’s First Bicycle Friendly Business

Brad Johnson

Provo Bicycle Committee Member and UVH Employee

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Utah Valley Hospital, Provo’s second largest employer, as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly workplace. This award honors employers who have a strong commitment and dedication to bicycling. In order to achieve this designation, UVR was measured according to the following criteria:

  • Support local, state, and national bike advocacy
  • Offer classes on bicycle safety and maintenance
  • Share bicycling information and resources with employees and guests
  • Track data related to bicycling
  • Have dedicated staff focused on bicycle-friendly improvements
  • Be easily accessible by bike
  • Offer convenient, secure bike parking
  • Foster a positive internal bike culture
  • Celebrate Bike-to-Work Day and Bike Month

UVH’s new Employee LiVe Well Bike Locker Room is just one of ways that the hospital shows its commitment to being a bicycle-friendly employer

About the achievement, UVH administrator Scott Walker observed, “This designation and our future commitment to promoting bicycle is in perfect alignment with all of our LiVe Well efforts. In 2017, Utah Valley Hospital will actively support Provo’s Bike-To-Work Day and Bike Month. We are just laying a foundation here. As the new Utah Valley Hospital, which is currently under construction, takes shape, watch for other changes that will help us align our facilities and our culture with a two-wheeled lifestyle.”

Among these changes will be improved bicycle parking for employees and visitors, accommodating pedestrians and bicyclist through its enlarged campus, and support for the city and UDOT making the surrounding streets more bicycle-friendly.

The blue lines indicate existing bike lanes, the pink lines show planned bikeways. In the near future, UVH will be surrounded by bike lanes allowing employees, visitors, and others to safely and conveniently bike to and through the hospital campus.

UVH’s willingness to make accommodations for those who opt to bicycle make it a better employer, health care provider, and member of the community.

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center Opens New Employee LiVe Well Bike Locker Room

A growing number of Provo employers are recognizing how much bicycling can help their employees be more healthy, take fewer sick days, perform better, and be all around happier people.

We were delighted to hear that the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center just opened a new bicycling resource for its employees. Here’s what they have to say:

“On Monday, July 14th, Utah Valley Regional opened an indoor bike storage area called the LiVe Well Bike Locker. The LiVe Well Committee is excited to offer this new benefit to employees.

The LiVe Well Bike Locker is located inside the Northwest Plaza near the dock. Badge access is required to enter this area.

There is also 40 individual lockers available for helmets, gloves, bags, etc. in this secured area.

Additionally, employees who use the Bike Locker will be given access to the showers in the Wellness Center.”

Great work, Utah Valley Regional! We hope other employers in the Provo area will be inspired to follow your example.

Come Learn to Fix Your Bike!

The Provo Bicycle Collective is hosting their second Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class of the year! Now’s a perfect time to pull your bike out of the garage and make sure it’s running before spring hits!

The details:

Basic Bicycle Maintenance Class

Thursday February 20th, 6pm

Provo Bicycle Collective: 1100 W 49 N Unit 2, Provo UT 84601

5$ gets you into the class. 2$ patch kits will also be available and hot chocolate is free!

The class will cover some of the basics, such as:

– Changing a flat
– How to lubricate a chain
– Basic brake adjustment
– Correct tire inflation tips

Check out the event on facebook or just show up!  E-mail us at provobicyclecollective@gmail.com if you have questions.

Bring your friends and we’ll see you there!

Station 22

Remember Mountain West’s awesome chips and salsa deal? Well Station 22 is about to do you one better. From Station 22 Facebook:

Station 22 is committed to supporting cyclists and bicycle-friendly initiatives in downtown Provo. Keep an eye out for our participation in the Bicycle Benefits program. Cyclists with the BB sticker will receive 10% anything, all the time!

Did you know:
Bicycle lanes in Portland, OR have saved its citizens 2.9 billion miles in driving. This equals roughly 2.6 billion dollars in consumer savings. Savings which are going to the consumer who rides their bike. This same consumer has been shown to be more frequent and loyal customers.

As things roll out we will make sure you have all the info. What a great step to a more bike friendly Provo!

Barbasket Looks Bombastic

I’m not going to lie I would put a basket on every bike I owned if I could. Baskets are super handy they can hold your bag while you are riding so you do not get sweaty, a watermelon from the farmers market, or (my favorite) a four pack of Virgil’s root beer on a hot day. My one issue with the glorious basket is that most of them are made of wire, and the ones that are not are a little feminine to put on a guys bike :). Wire baskets hold big things really well, but for small things like tools, locks, or any little miscellaneous they just do not cut it. Enter Barbasket. Barbasket is the brain child of a designer in San Francisco and combines all the wonderful things of a basket with a bag, and adds a bit of class to the whole thing with color. Make sure to check the project out on Kickstarter and pre-order your own for only $90.

Honeysuckle Salvage, and Provo Bicycle Collective Collaboration

We said it was coming soon, and here it is. Honeysuckle Salvage has created some wonderful bicycle pieces based on pictures from right here in Provo taken by our very own Kate Chandler, and Scott Manning. If bicycle art from Provo is not rad enough Honeysuckle will also be donating some of the proceeds to the Provo Bicycle Collective! Get some great art, support a great artist, and help keep the Collective’s doors open. Get them while you can they are only available until July 4th. I think I will be ordering the BikeLife piece.

Coming Soon

I do not know much about them but Honeysuckle Salvage is starting some sort of collaboration with the Bike Collective. From Facebook;

There is plenty on the horizon for Honeysuckle Salvage! We are busy creating artwork for our “Bike Collective Series”, which benefits the Provo Bicycle Collective — an amazing non-profit organization based in Provo, UT. We will be giving you a sneak peak soon! These works are created as a coordinated effort with 2 of the founders, Scott Manning and Kate Chandler, using their original (and amazing) photographs as inspiration. We love giving back, so stay tuned for the Bike Collective Series! Coming soon to Honeysuckle Salvage.

If the work looks like anything they have on their site right now I am really really excited to see what they come up with. We will keep you posted.

At The Farmers Market

Went to the Provo Farmers Market this weekend, and was pleasantly surprised by a few bicycle friendly additions. I am not sure which one I was most excited about so these are coming at you in no particular order.

The handsome gentleman above is Greg Caldwell, and he makes some very beautiful ceramic must haves.

The robot on his bike is my all time favorite.

Got mine! Make sure to get yours.

Next up is the most awesome thing to ever happen to our awesome Market. FREE VALET BIKE PARKING! Thanks to the Provo Bicycle Collective. This is honestly the greatest thing ever as I am always concerned about my bike when I am at the Market because there are no good lock up points. If you do not normally go to the Farmers Market now is the time to start even if it is just to say you have had your bike valet parked.

The things that make both of these new additions even better is that they are right across the way from each other. This will allow you to get your bike valet parked, and then get your bike inspired bowl/cup. See you at the Market next week.