Burlington's Green Employee Bikeshare Program Launches

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/19 2014 05:30PM

Updated 08/19 2014 06:22PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - You just might see Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger trading in four wheels for two. The kick off of the city's Green Employee Bikeshare Program was held on Tuesday.

It gives city workers access to free use of bicycles for work-related and even for fun during the workday.

Blue cross of Vermont, the city's health insurance carrier is funding the fleet of 15 two-wheelers. The intent is to encourage an active healthy lifestyle and help drive down healthcare cost

"This is a step forward towards this whole move towards being a more active city," Mayor Miro Weinberger said. "It is one that has been done in a very thoughtful way with a lot of partners."

In addition to the wellness benefit, the bike share cuts done on the city's carbon footprint, frees up downtown parking for shoppers and visitors. A bike can sometimes be faster than a car for short trips. 

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