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Texas Health Fort Worth Joins Bike Sharing Program
04/23/2013
Texas Health Fort Worth Joins Bike Sharing Program
Three hundred volunteers helped dock bicycles at 27 stations, including one at Texas Health Fort Worth.
Three hundred volunteers helped dock bicycles at 27 stations, including one at Texas Health Fort Worth.
Randy Smith and Darla Gossett, nurses in the cardiac catheterization lab and cycling enthusiasts, try out the new bicycles.
Randy Smith and Darla Gossett, nurses in the cardiac catheterization lab and cycling enthusiasts, try out the new bicycles.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Unlike most North Texans, Randy Smith’s daily work commute isn’t a battle through bumper-to-bumper traffic. Instead, it’s a 10-mile bicycle ride that meanders through neighborhoods and hugs parts of Fort Worth’s scenic Trinity Trail.

Smith, a nurse in the cardiac catheterization lab at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and an avid cyclist, said he loves seeing the city embrace bicycling as an alternative method of public transportation with the launch of North Texas’ first bike sharing program.

During the Earth Day launch, 300 volunteers cycled around Fort Worth on shiny red touring bicycles to help dock them at 27 stations around the city, including one at Texas Health Fort Worth outside the Klabzuba Cancer Center. Other docking stations are peppered throughout downtown, the near south side, the Cultural District and Texas Christian University.

“I think cycling is an easy mode of transportation that can get you places faster than walking,” Smith said. “If you’re a family member of a patient in our ICU and you’re tired of sitting in the waiting room, you can hop on a bike and go downtown or look around the water gardens. You’re there in five minutes.”

Dr. Theodore Takata, cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Fort Worth who cycles about 60 to 90 miles per week, agrees the new program gives residents and visitors a chance to explore the beauty of Fort Worth while keeping the heart healthy.

“Research has long shown that aerobic exercise is beneficial in keeping the heart strong,” he said. “Plus, bicycling burns calories which can be spent on enjoying, guilt-free, the wonderful restaurants and eateries around town.”

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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