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Beaumont: A Bicycle Friendly Business

Today is the League of American Bicyclists’ national Bike to Work Day and this morning, Beaumont Health System and Oakland County unveiled a new bicycle-friendly, commuter map of southeastern Oakland County.

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive, and Gene Michalski, Beaumont President and CEO, were on-hand to unveil the new map and greet some of the Beaumont employees commuting in to work via bicycle.

Beaumont, Royal Oak was also recently designated a 2013 Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.

Explains Matthew Faraday, avid cyclist and Beaumont nurse, who helped create the new Oakland County bike map, “We’re honored to win this national award. It recognizes a visionary group of more than 500 businesses, including Microsoft, General Mills, Patagonia and Steelcase. Bicycling is another great way to raise the environmental consciousness of our employees and area residents.”

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National Bike to Work Week

by James Bicos, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist

bike with helmetCycling is extremely popular for sport, exercise and commuting purposes. Bicycles first appeared in the 1800’s and, today, there are over 80 million cyclists in the United States.

A helmet is a cycling necessity, but you should also make sure you have the right size bike to avoid falls or stress on the body:

  • Bikes come in all sizes. Depending on your build and need (road bike vs mountain bike) you need to choose the correct bike to fit your needs. Improper bike size can make it difficult to control and cause injuries from falls.
  • Make sure the bike seat is level. Too much upward or downward tilt can put increased stress on the body and predispose you to overuse injuries. Make sure the bike seat is at the proper height – with the pedal at the lowest position and in neutral, as you sit on the bike seat, your knee should be completely straight if your heel is on the pedal.  If the ball of your foot is on the pedal then your knee should be in 30 degrees of knee flexion. Improper seat height can lead to hip pain, knee pain or ankle problems.
  • Make sure the handle bars are at the proper height and distance from the seat to avoid over-reaching, which can result in neck, shoulder, back, and hand pain.

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