64 Scottish Workplaces to own a piece of the Games

Posted by Katie Wright / 13/06/2014

cycle_rack_1Sustrans Scotland, Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland have awarded 64 workplaces across Scotland a piece of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, in a bid to promote cycling to work.

More than 180 organisations registered for the chance to own up to a maximum of three cycle parking racks which will be providing parking at the Commonwealth Games venues across Glasgow this July.

The scheme, which forms part of Legacy 2014, saw a total of 84 cycle racks (840 spaces)  awarded to 17 universities and colleges, 14 NHS sites, 13 private companies, 11 SME’s and 9 public organisations to help boost their cycle offering to employees and students.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“I would like to congratulate the successful workplaces who are being given the opportunity to own a piece of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and sign up to Cycle Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Employer scheme. The Legacy 2014 Cycle Parking scheme is exactly the type of initiative that will help people make more active travel choices for their everyday journeys wherever possible.”

Jim Bisset, workshop manager for Fugro Ltd, Abderdeen said that the organisation had seen a sharp rise in the number of employees cycling to work over the past few years. “It’s great news to hear that we have been successful in applying for the Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 Cycle racks, they will greatly improve the facility that presently exists for the cycling commuters that work here, at present the existing rack can become overcrowded and parking and removing bikes can be difficult and frustrating as they get entangled.

“With the company working towards the Cycle Friendly Employer Award I sure this will enhance the opportunity along with other developments to achieve our goal.”

Edinburgh College Sustainability Communications Assistant, Innes Shirreff said the college was delighted to have been successful in their application for Legacy 2014 Cycle Parking. “These racks will significantly improve the amount of cycle parking available to staff and students at our Sighthill campus.

“We are proud to support Glasgow 2014 and look forward to taking delivery of the racks after the games later this year.

“We are thankful to Sustrans and Cycling Scotland who have supported us in recent years through various projects and who continue to support us as we attempt to increase cycling rates across our four campuses in Edinburgh.”

Jim Ewing, Bike Town Development Worker, Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust, Rutherglen said: “What wonderful news! Everyone at Healthy n Happy who cycles to work is delighted to hear that we have been selected to get a legacy bike stand for the staff and visitors to our office and hall. We currently pile our bikes up under the stairwell and have to lock our bikes onto each other to keep them secure; this new stand will be much appreciated.”

A spokesperson for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said:  “NHSGGC is delighted that our application for Legacy 2014 cycle parking has been successful.

“The additional cycle parking provision at Gartnavel General, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Vale of Leven hospital will enable further promotion of cycling as an alternative mode of transport.

“We are confident that the Legacy 2014 cycle racks will benefit all users at these three hospitals.”

For a full list of  succesful applicants please visit: http://www.sustrans.org.uk/scotland/what-we-do/workplaces/legacy-cycle-parking

 

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