Canterbury DHBMonday 09 July 2012, 1:44PM
Media release from Canterbury DHB
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has launched a free
bike hire programme for staff.
Bike hire company Next Bikes have provided three bikes to the CDHB
for two months as part of a feasibility study.
The usage of the "CDHB Active Taxis" over the next two months will
be evaluated to assess the merits of a permanent CDHB bike
CDHB Active Environment Health Promoter Meg Christie says that this
initiative is all about trying to make it easy for staff to get
physically active during the day.
"The bikes are super-comfortable and sturdy, and are perfect for
those short trips that you'd normally take a car for," Meg
"There are lots of benefits that come from cycling - it's cheap,
good for your health and good for the environment."
Dr Nigel Millar, CDHB chief medical officer and keen cyclist, says
many European cities have bicycle hire readily available and the
trend seems to be following on here in New Zealand.
"As a health organisation it makes sense for the CDHB to endorse
and promote cycling to both its staff and the public," Dr Millar
"The 'Active Taxis' are certainly one more way we can do
The bikes can be booked from Christchurch Hospital, The Princess
Margaret Hospital and the Hazeldean Building. Each bike comes with
a helmet, lock, basket and carrier and can be booked out for
personal trips or overnight.