BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — In recognition of World Mental Health Day and to support community health and wellness, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is sponsoring free rides on Bluebikes, Metro Boston’s public bike share system, on Saturday, October 10th.
Locals can take the Bluebikes for a spin, free of charge, from any of the more than 350 Bluebikes stations across the system’s eight municipalities: Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, Newton, Somerville and Watertown.
Riders can use the Bluebikes app on a mobile device and choose “Adventure Pass” to take advantage of free two-hour Bluebikes trips at any time during World Mental Health Day, which is observed annually to raise awareness of global mental health issues.
Exercise is known to improve mental health, including reducing anxiety, depression and negative mood. A recent study of 1.2 million people in the United States found that those who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise.
"As the pandemic continues to significantly impact our daily lives, we’re looking to increase awareness of activities that can improve mental health, such as outdoor exercise,” said Kathy Klingler, chief consumer experience and marketing officer at Blue Cross of Massachusetts. “We’re thrilled to leverage our sponsorship of Bluebikes to increase access to a healthy transportation option while raising awareness of mental health issues, and we hope riders across Metro Boston enjoy some time outside with free rides on us this Saturday."
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