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Texas Health Fort Worth Joins Bike Sharing Program|
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.”
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