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BlueCross BlueShield Employees Stay Healthy on Blue Bikes

May 03, 2017

Free Employee Bike Loan Program Back for the Fourth Season

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York’s free employee bike loan program is back for the fourth season, offering the health plan’s 1,500 employees access to bikes throughout the work week.  

As one of Western New York’s Healthiest Employers, BlueCross BlueShield created their bike loan program based off employees’ desires to navigate the surrounding downtown area throughout the work day in a healthier and more efficient manner than the standard traffic-encompassed car ride. 

In 2016, the bikes were taken out for a spin more than 500 times from May to September. Now available for 2017, Employees will have the opportunity to use one of 20 BlueCross BlueShield-branded bikes from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to run errands, grab lunch or simply enjoy a casual, healthy bike ride. 

“As one of the healthiest workplaces in Western New York, this program provides opportunities for our employees to be active throughout the day and explore all of the great things that are happening here in downtown Buffalo,” said Julie R. Snyder, Vice President, Corporate Relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “Each year, the program has become more popular and we’re happy to continue providing this benefit to our 1,500 employees.” 

Employees gain access to the bikes by handing in their company-issued ID badge at the building’s security station. In exchange, employees are given a helmet, bike lock key, a map of the surrounding downtown area and basic safety tips. Bike safety tips include wearing a helmet, using hand signals when turning and ensuring visibility at all times. 

BlueCross BlueShield has launched numerous member health and wellness programs by implementing them first with their own employees, including “The Good Life,” “Lose to Win,” “Maintain Don’t Gain,” and “Move to Win.”

While the BCBS health index relies on health care experience data vs. outcomes and environmental factors, both point to opportunities, particularly around substance use, to improve the region’s physical health and help support further economic growth.

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