Palomar Medical Center Poway Hosts Bike to Work Day


About 100 Powegians joined more than 5,000 San Diegans who traded their cars for bicycles on Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 18. 

“This is a day when cyclists feel like we belong out here (on the roads)”, said Brian Cohen, Director of Orthopedic and Spine Surgery at Palomar Medical Center Poway.

Cohen rode more than 26 miles to work from his home in Santee in less than two hours. “There are so many cyclists out that we are all waving to each other… cars are kind of giving us the right of way today.”

The San Diego region has participated in Bike to Work Day for more than 20 years. Palomar Medical Center Poway has been a designated “Pit Stop” since 2012. One of only two Pit Stops in the city of Poway, 60 riders stopped for water, snacks, and T-shirts. 

Poway residents Oriana Chan and Richard Lakier met at the Pit Stop for the first time as they stopped for refreshments and posed for a photo. Chan says she rides to work every day, while Lakier was out riding for fun.

Bill Turner rode his mountain bike seven miles from his home near Kit Carson in Escondido to the Pit Stop. Turner is the Pharmacy Manager at Palomar Medical Center Poway. 

“This is a big motivator to try and get in a habit to do this regularly,” Turner said. 

As managers of a health organization, Turner and Cohen said it’s important to set an example of healthy living for staff and patients.

“Everything we do is about our health, our patients’ health, maintaining our state of mind,” said Cohen. “It’s important so that we can turn around and take care of other people.”

Left: Poway residents Oriana Chan and Richard Lakier pose at the Palomar Medical Center Poway Pit Stop.

Right: Mark Neu, Palomar Health VP, Compliance, Audit and Legal, stops by the Palomar Medical Center Poway Pit Stop for refreshments. 

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