Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas encourages healthy lifestyles through support of Bike Share ICT
Topeka, Kansas (Jan. 27, 2023) – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) is renewing its support of Bike Share ICT with a donation of $360,000 to continue to encourage Wichitans and visitors to be outside and active.
“We are committed to helping this program be successful and grow by providing this healthier mode of transportation across the city of Wichita,” said Virginia Barnes, director, BCBSKS Blue Health Initiatives. “As the state’s only local health insurer, we want to take an active role in helping Kansans lead healthier, more active lifestyles and Bike Share ICT does just that.”
Bike Share ICT, a program of Kansas Business Group on Health and facilitated by the City of Wichita, launched in 2017. Since then, more than 65,000 rides have been taken for both business and pleasure. With 40+ stations across the city and 200 bikes available for use, supporters of the program believe it’s about more than just the bikes.
“Bike Share is a program near and dear to my heart and one that I worked on even before I joined the Council,” said council member Becky Tuttle. “Bike Share ICT is about so much more than expanding the availability of bicycles in Wichita. It represents our dedication to growing quality of life opportunities in our community. We are so thankful for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for their continued support of this program.”
Bike Share ICT is a safe, convenient, affordable mode of transportation. This mode of commuting is shown to positively impact local economy, reduce crimes and improve overall health and wellness. To learn more, visit bikeshareict.com.
Note: BCBSKS established Blue Health Initiatives in 2016 to invest in initiatives that will help improve the health of all Kansans. Grants from Blue Health Initiatives come from ongoing investments and returns. Group and member premiums do not increase or decrease based on grants given.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
For more than 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit bcbsks.com.
About Bike Share ICT
Bike Share ICT, a program of Health ICT, is a collaborative funding partnership between community partners, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Wichita Community Foundation that makes more than 200 cruiser bikes available from 45 stations throughout downtown Wichita for members to use for on-demand local trips. www.bikeshareict.com
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Bike Share ICT is not affiliated with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.