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National Park Service, Humana Partner to Introduce Bike Share Program for National Park Service Employees in Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009 10:02 am EST

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new program designed to allow National Park Service (NPS) employees to put aside a government car for use of a bicycle launches today, affording NPS staff an opportunity to use an alternative transportation method and a chance to help reduce auto emissions.

In a partnership between the NPS and Humana Inc., the Louisville, Ky.-based health-benefit company, Humana is donating 30 bikes so that NPS employees will be able to utilize bikes at three NPS locations: the National Capital Region headquarters (1100 Ohio Drive, SW); the National Mall & Memorial Parks headquarters (900 Ohio Drive, SW); and National Capital Parks-East headquarters (1900 Anacostia Drive, SE). Approximately 300 employees will be able to take advantage of the new, one-year demonstration program. Participating staff will need to complete a training module focused on safe bicycling before using the bikes.

The purpose of the demonstration is to familiarize the National Park Service with the potential role that bike-sharing could play in reducing our environmental impacts while also encouraging a healthier workforce. This initiative reflects bold thinking by Director Mary A. Bomar, and aligns with priorities for greening Federal agency operations that already have been stated by the incoming Administration.

“The National Park Service is proud of our partnership with Humana Inc.,” said Mary A. Bomar, Director of the National Park Service. “I am excited to promote this environmentally friendly program. It provides a wonderful opportunity for our employees to get out of their cars and ride a bicycle, and in the process promote cleaner air and good health.”

“Biking instead of driving is good for your body and good for the planet. It’s also fun,” said Michael B. McCallister, president and chief executive officer of Humana. “As we get serious about reforming health care in our country, we absolutely must get serious about being healthier. We have to change the way we work and live. By taking advantage of this new bike-sharing system, the people of the National Park Service are demonstrating that they want to be healthier. It’s a great way to start the year – riding a bike.”

Humana launched a similar bike-sharing program for its 10,000 employees in Louisville, Ky., in the fall of 2007. Then, during the 2008 national political conventions, Humana teamed with bicycle-advocacy group Bikes Belong to take 1,000 bikes to each convention. Convention delegates and local residents took more than 7,500 rides and pedaled more than 42,000 miles during the eight convention days. Humana promotes bike-sharing and bicycling for short trips as an activity that is great for your health and great the environment.

“We are delighted to work with Humana Inc. to help provide a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative for our employees,” said Peggy O’Dell, National Park Service, National Capital Region, Regional Director. “I believe our employees will embrace this new effort and will help it become a model for others.”

Contact:

National Park Service
Bill Line or Terry Adams, 202-619-7400
or
For Humana
Craig Brownstein, 202-326-1799
Cell: 202-390-1602
craig.brownstein@edelman.com