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Want a Healthier City? Prescribe Biking

In Boston, a new program empowers doctors to give low-income patients a cheap bike-share membership.
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Reuters

If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, how much health can riding a bicycle deliver?

A program just launched by Boston is betting it's a significant amount. Prescribe-a-Bike, as it's being called, will allow doctors at Boston Medical Center to write low-income patients prescriptions for a one-year membership to Hubway, the city's bike-sharing system, for just $5. That’s $80 less than the usual charge for an annual subscription to the service.