Bicycle friendly health system



Tuesday February 6, 2018. The Regents Health Services Committee is meeting at UCLA. The time: 12:15 pm in the new Luskin Conference Center (agenda). This is a sub-committee of the UC Regents tasked to guide the UC Health system. During public comment, the Bicycle Academy will highlight the need for our state-wide health provider to address its automotive bias and to assert more clearly, in actions and in words, that cycling is good for you. We no longer can afford to ignore what public health experts are teaching us about the health benefits of active transportation. Please join us for this event, and share how you want this health system to improve its attitude towards active modes of transport.

We will remind the Regents and the experts present that a bicycle friendly health system

  1. offers significant financial benefits because for a self-insured employer a healthier workforce means real savings
  2. offers a low cost yet highly effective way to improve population health, well-being and disease prevention in the community

We will also remind the Regents and the experts

  1. that in spite of wide-spread anxieties about bicycle use, obesity and its attendant co-morbidities are a far bigger public health hazard than cycling injuries
  2. that the lack of active living options is responsible for a large part of our fast growing health expenditure
  3. that guidance from the highest level of the organisation is required, comparable to the surgeon generals warning about smoking,
  4. that the established division between transport planning and health policies effectively prevents accessing the multiple benefits (health, sustainability, community) of the medical device with two wheels
  5. that other health systems (NHS, Canada) have developed guidance that requires medical offices and hospitals to prioritize active modes, and to collaborate with local authorities to achieve a street network that can safely accommodate active modes
  6. that the League of American Bicyclists offers a program that can certify a Hospital as a Bicycle Friendly Business
  7. that there is a large unmet demand for CDC accredited Diabetes Prevention Programs with an emphasis on safe and confident cycling, or similar “Cycling on Prescription” programs
  8. that this innovative program is very much of the Golden State, that it should be spearheaded by an academic health center, and that it should be initiated right here, on the most healthy campus of the system (etc)