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Florida Hospital opens Health Village bike-share station

With Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and other community leaders in attendance, Florida Hospital officially opened its Health Village Juice Bike Share station today.

The station allows area residents, visitors and employees to rent bikes using a smart-phone app. Initially, 10 bikes will be available for use at the Juice Bike station, which is adjacent to the Health Village SunRail station.

Mayor Dyer said the station will further the City's investments in intermodal connectivity in the downtown core, giving residents and visitors easy access to local attractions and amenities.

“With Juice Bikes, residents and visitors can more easily get around and visit area shops, restaurants and destinations including the Loch Haven Cultural Park, our Ivanhoe Village and Mills 50 Main Street Districts, Leu Gardens and the Orlando Urban Trail,” Dyer said.

Mark Hertling, a senior vice president  at Florida Hospital whose responsibilities include employee development and health performance strategies, said hosting the station fits with the hospital’s mission of preventive health care and developing healthy habits.

“Florida Hospital is all about getting people to exercise and take part in a variety of physical activities,” Hertling said. “We’d like to invite people from all across the region to ride SunRail to this station, hop on a Juice Bike and discover all that Health Village has to offer.”

Juice Bike Share founder Peter Martinez noted that the Health Village station is the 21st in the growing Juice Bike network, with more on the way.

“We plan to grow into cities such as Winter Park and throughout Orange County,” Martinez said. “Eventually we’d like to see Juice Bike Share stations all along the SunRail route through Central Florida.”