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Field Museum Launches Shared Bike Program for Employees
Date:3/31/2008

cartridges; cell phones; eye glasses; batteries; etc.;

-- A new heating system that makes ice at night when electricity rates are lower and then uses the ice to cool the building during the day.

-- The Museum's "A Greener Field" committee promotes divers conservation initiatives and offers a wide array of educational and informative programs about conservation.

The City of Chicago is considering a citywide program that would make bicycles available for use by the public at stations scattered around town. The program is modeled on similar programs around the world, including one in Paris.

"Many employers encourage automobile driving by subsidizing parking; reimbursing drivers for their mileage; or making cars available to employees," said Carter O'Brien, head of the Museum's A Greener Field committee. "It's time for employers to consider doing more for bicycling."

-- Digital image available:

Field Museum employees on Shared Bikes

Robert Weiglein, Exhibitions Designer at The Field Museum, and Johanna Thompson, Student Programs Administrator at The Field Museum, try out the bicycles that are part of the Museum's new Shared Bike Program.

"Calorie for calorie, the average human body on a bike gets something like 250 more miles per gallon than a car," Thompson said. "When I think about it that way, it makes me want to use a bike for as many trips as possible, especially the short jaunts."

Weiglein initiated the Shared Bike Program: "One day last summer, I was in a taxi rushing to an appointment in the North Loop when it occurred to me that I would rather be on a bike. I also thought it would help the Museum be more 'green'."

Photos by Karen Bean


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