CLEVELAND -- Using public transit has always been a healthy activity. Now, waiting for the bus can be healthy, too.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is launching a new Bus Stop Moves program. Each launch event -- free and open to the public -- features fresh food and fitness activities led by local instructors. The events are:
- 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 -- Detroit Avenue at West 45th Street.
- 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26 -- Kinsman Road at East 93rd Street.
- 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 -- Broadway Avenue and East 55th Street.
Whether you have 5 minutes or 20 minutes until the next RTA bus, you can make a positive impact on your health.
"We want our customers and employees to be as healthy as possible," said Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO/General Manager. "Time management has always been a critical factor. By using this program, you will always have time for exercise."
The Bus Stop Moves program was developed by Architect and Artist Allison Lukacsy. It is now featured in 18 RTA shelters.
"The program began in fall 2015 in North Collinwood, in response to a community survey indicating residents felt the neighborhoods’ options for exercising could be improved," she said. "We live in a time when sedentary lifestyles are the norm and diseases related to lack of healthy movements are on the rise. Public transit riders have the advantage of fitting in more cardio than non-riders, by walking to and from bus stops daily. Why not compliment that with strengthening and stretching moves and other healthy lifestyle tips recommended by health professionals?"
"The moves are meant for anyone of reasonable mobility to do in street clothes, on your way to work or school. Some moves can be performed sitting down, and all can be modified. Each shelter contains a panel called 'Take It To The Streets', where it lists the number of steps to a more traditional place of recreation, like a Metropark or a dance studio. This is a great way to connect people to the neighborhood, whether or not you plan to get on a bus at all - which is where active living and healthy eating comes into play."
RTA Media contact
- 216-390-9605, cell
Architect / Artist Allison Lukacsy