MRIGlobal Supports Kansas City B-Cycle
From Sponsorship to Bike Assembly and Launch, MRIGlobal Supports Sustainability
(Kansas City, MO) July 3, 2012 – MRIGlobal is on board with Kansas City B-Cycle, Kansas City's new public bicycle-sharing system, the first bike-share program in Missouri.
MRIGlobal was one of the first to sign up as a program sponsor.
MRIGlobal staff members are involved behind the scenes, too. Engineers were among the 100 volunteers assembling the bikes after hours at a North Kansas City warehouse. Others will pedal the bikes across the Heart of America Bridge in the formal launch Tuesday, July 3.
“Kansas City B-Cycle is a great addition to our community's transportation options,” said Michael F. Helmstetter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of MRIGlobal. “We're happy to support this initiative as part of our corporate commitment to sustainability and health.”
Kansas City B-Cycle is launching with 90 bicycles and 12 downtown docking stations. Members can check out a bike and return it to any station; the first half hour is free. The bicycle, equipped with global positioning system and radio frequency identification technologies, tracks distance, duration, calories burned and carbon offset information.
The program is run by BikeShareKC, an affiliate of BikeWalkKC, a professional advocacy and education organization. See Kansas City B-Cycle for more information.
MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit research and development organization, delivers global solutions in national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. The organization performs scientific research, advanced engineering and program integration and management for clients in government, industry and academia. Established in 1944 as Midwest Research Institute, MRIGlobal is based in Kansas City, Mo., operates in nine states and Washington, D.C., and manages more than 3,300 employees.
MRIGlobal is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy
For more information, visit www.mriglobal.org.