University of Glasgow becomes a Cycle Friendly Campus, gaining the Cycle Friendly Award, with distinction, from Cycling Scotland.
Staff and students at the University of Glasgow celebrated receiving the Cycle Friendly Campus Award, with distinction, from Cycling Scotland in recognition of their commitment to getting more staff and students cycling.
The award, which is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland, recognises the efforts of Scotland’s colleges and universities that promote cycling as an accessible and convenient travel choice, was presented to Viola Retzlaff, Travel and Transport Co-ordinator at the University, by Cycling Scotland’s Paul Wright, in recognition of the outstanding level of commitment the University has shown to encourage cycling to, from and around campus.
The University has made great progress in achieving an increase of staff and students who choose to cycle to their place of work or study. The last survey showed an increase of 3%, from 7% in 2013 to 10% in 2016.
The University implemented a range of measures including ongoing improvement and extension of cycle parking facilities – with support from Cycling Scotland, delivery of bicycle maintenance workshops, Dr Bike sessions and cycling training events. Other activities include Social led rides and cycle training events and opening of a Bike Hub to be run by the Glasgow University Environmental and Sustainability Team.
The University of Glasgow’s Viola Retzlaff, Travel and Transport Coordinator, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded with Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Campus Award, with distinction. In recent years, staff and students together have made huge efforts to promote cycling as a truly great option for everyone. Our staff scheme – Cycle Plus – has gone from strength to strength and a great deal of work is being done to make cycling a safe and attractive option for our students.
“The University of Glasgow recognises its impact on the environment and our community. We operate a sustainable development policy and this is reflected in our current development of our campus – one of the biggest educational infrastructure projects in Scotland’s history.”
Paul Wright, Cycling Scotland behaviour change manager said, “Cycling Scotland has worked closely with the University of Glasgow on working towards the Cycle Friendly Campus Award. The University has shown great commitment to getting more people cycling around campus and I am really pleased to present the award, with distinction. I look forward to working with the university in the future to ensure staff and students can continue to travel confidently and conveniently to the campus.”
The Cycle Friendly Campus Award is run by Cycling Scotland with funding from Transport Scotland and recognises exemplar projects from Scotland’s college and university campuses where cycling is a real and accessible part of campus life. Campuses can register to become a Cycle Friendly Campus online at www.cycling.scot.