Cycling Scotland is delighted to announce that the following universities and colleges have been selected as partners to develop the Cycle Friendly Campus Award over the next two years.
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
Glasgow Caledonian University
Building on the success of the Cycle Friendly Employer, Cycle Friendly School and Cycle Friendly Communities schemes, the Cycle Friendly Campus award will specifically support universities and colleges in Scotland. The award aims to encourage and enable students and staff to make regular journeys to and from, and around campus, by bike.
With the addition of the Cycle Friendly Campus programme, young people will see a supportive environment for cycling continue beyond primary and secondary school all the way through to college and university.
As part of the development process, Cycling Scotland has selected five universities that have already demonstrated significant commitment to promoting cycling to students and staff. These campuses will now form a pilot to establish award criteria and services, and will be used as case studies when the Cycle Friendly Campus Award is launched in 2015-2016.
Cycling Scotland will work closely with campus partners, who will have access to a dedicated grant fund in order to trial new services and overcome barriers to increased cycling.
Douglas Little, Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU’s) Director of Estates said:
“We’re delighted to be a partner in Cycling Scotland’s pilot for the Cycle Friendly Campus project. Staff and student commuting are the biggest source of emissions in our carbon footprint and we recognise the need to get more people to adopt more sustainable modes of travel. This pilot will give us the opportunity to implement a range of initiatives that will encourage more students and staff to cycle to GCU and in the process cut our carbon footprint.”
A spokesperson for the University of Edinburgh said:
“The University of Edinburgh is delighted to have been selected as a partner university. The project offers us a fantastic opportunity to explore new opportunities to support and encourage cycling amongst our staff and students. As a Cycle Friendly Employer we already have many of the typical measures in place to support cycling, such as secure cycle parking and a cycle to work scheme. We applied to take part in the pilot to develop a stronger culture of cycling at the University, with a particular emphasis on engaging with our staff and students and providing more opportunities to try cycling.”
A spokesperson for the University of Dundee said:
”The University is delighted to have been selected as a partner campus for Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Campus programme. This will allow us to build on the work done to achieve our Cycle Friendly Employer Award in January 2010. The University was the first employer in Tayside to achieve award. We actively encourage our students to not bring cars to University and promote active sustainable transport routes to our campus. Every year the number of students using cycling as their main choice of transport has increased significantly on and off campus. We promote and run many cycling events throughout term time including monthly second hand bike sales, Dr. Bike sessions, free give-aways of cycle maps and lights, travel planning advice and organised cycle rides. We look forward to working with Cycling Scotland on a variety of new projects to enhance our staff and students cycling experience in Dundee.”
A spokesperson for Transition Heriot-Watt said:
“Heriot-Watt University and Transition Heriot-Watt are delighted to be selected as a partner establishment for the Cycle Friendly Campus project. This supports our growing commitment to active travel by allowing us to further mainstream cycling within our student population. It will also allow us to strengthen some of the partnerships that we have, such as with Heriot-Watt University Student Union. We now look forward to working with Cycling Scotland and the other institutions involved in the project.”