One of B-cycle’s brand new stations at VA Roseburg. Courtesy of Brent Tongco.

Today, B-cycle launched a 3rd generation bike share program VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) in Roseburg, Oregon. Not only is it Oregon’s first 3rd generation program, it is also the first program to be launched at a US Veteran’s healthcare facility.

The system, which currently features two stations and sixteen bikes, is already expected to expand to help increase its positive impact on Veteran and staff health. Carol Bogedain, Director of VA Roseburg Healthcare System, said, “Bike share supports health promotion and disease prevention… VA Roseburg B-cycle bike share offers Veterans an exercise option and transportation alternative, encouraging healthier lifestyles.”

The bike share program was funded via a grant awarded from the VA Office of Rural Health’s Veterans Cycling for Health & Wellness program. At the moment, fifty Veterans have been selected to have access to B-cycle program.

“Veterans are communicating with me about the physical and mental health benefits of bike share,” said James M. Manser, Jr., the administrator for the VA Roseburg B-cycle Program. “With additional grant funds from the VA Office of Rural Health, expansion of bike share will serve more Veterans with health and wellness outcomes.”

This program is the first of two B-cycle programs slated to hit Oregon in the coming months. In June, the University of Oregon awarded equipment and operations to B-cycle, which is expected to launch a campus-wide program that will extend into the surrounding Eugene community.