The Cycle Friendly Campus Award is open to any further or higher education institution in Scotland and looks to challenge them to improve their campus provision for cycling and increase the number of journeys by bike. Measures such as cycle parking, locker and shower facilities, access to cycle training and bike hire or loan schemes all contribute to receiving the Cycle Friendly Award.
Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh, Dundee and Heriot-Watt universities, along with Fife College, participated in a pilot scheme which examined the measures required to make cycling an attractive and accessible option for their communities.
Supported by Transport Scotland, the projects involved the installation of cycle parking, creation of bike hire schemes, travel planning, cycle training and sustained promotion of cycling as a healthy, affordable and environmentally friendly way to get around.
Paul Wright, Cycling Scotland development officer, said: “We are looking forward to working with colleges and universities across the country to increase cycling on campus, be it students, staff or visitors. With Cycle Friendly Awards already in place for our schools, employers and communities, the Cycle Friendly Campus Award will complement these existing programmes and encourage cycling for life.”
Abi Wingate, Cycling Development Officer at Transition Heriot-Watt, said: “Cycling to campus makes so much sense. You save money, keep fit and avoid the hassles of other travel options. When I cycle, I arrive alert and ready for whatever the day throws at me. I feel I am doing my bit for the environment, too. The Cycle Friendly Campus Award will be a great way to really push cycling at our colleges and universities and make our students aware of all these great benefits.”
The Cycle Friendly Campus Award is the latest in a suite of Cycle Friendly award programmes from Cycling Scotland, which includes Cycle Friendly Employer, Secondary School and Primary Schools and Communities.
Find out more about becoming a Cycle Friendly Campus.