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Providence Alaska Medical Center named bicycle-friendly business

The League of American Bicyclists recognizes PAMC with a bronze award for 2010

ANCHORAGE, AK -The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Providence Alaska Medical Center with a bronze designation as part of its Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) program.

Twice a year awards are announced for bicycle-friendly businesses and bicycle-friendly communities. The fall announcement was made Sept. 23 during the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Industry Breakfast as part of InterBike in Las Vegas. One hundred and forty businesses applied and 63 were awarded a designation. The award is made in collaboration with a panel of judges and local reviews.

"Providence Alaska Medical Center is making simple changes to their transportation policies to encourage biking to work. They are setting a community-wide example," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists.

PAMC has done a number of things to achieve this standard, including promoting Bike to Work Day with incentives for those who participate, providing more than 150 spots for bike parking, and having leadership set an example by biking to work on a regular basis.

"Making healthy lifestyle choices is both important for our personal well-being and can help lower our individual health-care costs," said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive of Providence Alaska Medical Center. "Biking to work is a great way to integrate exercise into our daily routines and ensure that exercise becomes a regular part of our workday."

A Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) is a corporation, organization, association, government agency, or non-profit that actively promotes bicycling for transportation, recreation, exercise, and sport. A BFB practices social responsibility by weaving bicycling into the business culture and gives employees the opportunity to be active stewards of their personal and environmental health through bicycling. Some of the criteria for being a BFB are: having secure and convenient bike parking areas, having showers onsite, as well as providing promotion and incentives for employees who bike to work.

"This Bicycle Friendly Business is making a difference for employees, customers, and communities," said Bill Nesper, director of the Bicycle Friendly America Program. "Providence Alaska Medical Center promotes bicycling as a viable form of transportation and gives their employees choices and options that make biking to work easy and fun."


The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of America's 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org

Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: www.providence.org/alaska



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