Health District earns top honors in its category for recent National Bike Challenge

Cyclists at the Health District of Northern Larimer County keep racking up miles and awards.
Last month, the Fort Collins public agency earned top honors in its category during the recent National Bike Challenge, pedaling more miles than any other participating company with 100-499 employees.

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event in which participants log the number of miles they ride each day between May 1 and Sept. 30. This year, the Health District had 40 participating cyclists who rode a combined total of more than 15,000 miles. That placed it first in the country among companies with 100-499 employees.

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Recognition for its strong biking culture is nothing new for the Health District. Last April, the League of American Bicyclists designated the Health District a Bicycle Friendly Business, one of only 14 in Fort Collins.

The Health District earned that designation by sponsoring worksite bike challenges, offering incentives to riders, leading lunchtime rides, hosting clinics on bike maintenance and safe riding skills, and maintaining two loaner bikes for errands and work-related trips. It also regularly participates in local and national biking events such as Bike to Work Day and City of Fort Collins worksite challenges.

Founded in 1880, the League of American Bicyclists is leading a movement to create a bicycle friendly America for everyone.

The Health District is a local public agency that provides dental, mental health, prescription assistance and health promotion services to the residents of northern Larimer County.