PeaceHealth Rides wins BEST Award for Transportation Options

May 22, 2019

EUGENE, Ore. – PeaceHealth Rides received a top award Tuesday evening from Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation (BEST), a nonprofit public transit advocacy group.

PeaceHealth Rides, Eugene’s bike share system, was honored with the 2019 BEST Award for Transportation Options and recognized for introducing a new and fun transportation option to our community.

“It’s such an honor to be acknowledged for our work and partnership in the community,” said Lindsey Hayward, general manager of PeaceHealth Rides. “We’re grateful to all our wonderful PeaceHealth Rides members and encourage everyone to ride with us—to give bike share a try. The true winners of bike share are the riders getting exercise as they travel, the community experiencing less traffic congestion and the environment having fewer carbon emissions.”

In just one year, PeaceHealth Rides has become an integral part of the city of Eugene’s transportation system and bike culture.

PeaceHealth Rides members have logged over 190,175 trips and 210,000 miles since the bike share program launched on April 19, 2018.

In the past year, over 13,000 people have become PeaceHealth Rides members, and they’ve burned more than 8.2 million calories. 

By using green transportation, PeaceHealth Rides members prevented more than 181,177 pounds of carbon gases from entering the atmosphere, saving roughly 9,058 gallons of gas.

To celebrate the BEST award and national Bike Month, PeaceHealth Rides continues to offer free monthly memberships throughout the month of May as a thank you to the community for making bike share a huge success our first year. More details on how to redeem the free membership can be found at www.peacehealthrides.com.

PeaceHealth Rides is humbled to be chosen for this award from a field of outstanding finalists. The other finalists included Lane Transit District’s EmX West bus rapid transit segment; Free Bikes 4 Kidz Eugene-Springfield; the City of Springfield Oregon Government’s New Franklin Boulevard and the #YesRideChoice campaign to enable ride-hailing services such as Lyft and Uber to operate in our community. 

PeaceHealth Rides launched with 300 bikes and 35 stations in Eugene and one station in Springfield at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. Responding to community demand, the bike share system recently added four stations in Eugene, including the popular destinations of Valley River Center, Amazon Park, Lane Events Center and 19th and Agate.  

About PeaceHealth Rides: PeaceHealth Rides provides a network of 300 bikes and 39 stations in Eugene for users to pick up and drop off publicly available bikes for one-way trips across the city. The system also has one station in Springfield at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. It offers a healthy, convenient and fun way to explore the community. It is a partnership between the city of Eugene, University of Oregon, Lane Transit District and Social Bicycles by JUMP Bikes, and is sponsored by PeaceHealth. For more information, visit https://www.peacehealthrides.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeaceHealthRides.

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.
 

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