Ninewells Hospital has been awarded Cycle Friendly Employer status

Posted by Katie Wright / 27/06/2014

PrintNinewells Hospital has been awarded Cycle Friendly Employer status by Cycling Scotland, the national cycle promotion organisation for Scotland.

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, 25 June, NHS Tayside Vice Chair Mrs Linda Dunion accepted the certificate from Cycling Scotland Director Stuart Knowles.

The nationally-recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award is for organisations committed to increasing cycling. The award is developed and administered by Cycling Scotland with support from the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives with the aims of promoting cycling in the workplace, providing best practice guidance on commuting and helping organisations to create a sustainable travel plan.

In order to achieve the award, a self assessment of the cycling facilities at Ninewells was completed which looked at bike storage options, changing facilities, pool bikes, cycle schemes on offer to staff, training opportunities and bike user groups.

Cycling Scotland then carried out an assessment visit and offered advice about possible improvements that could be made and how to access additional help and support to upgrade facilities.

Linda Dunion said, “I am delighted to be accepting this award. We are committed to providing opportunities for our staff to keep active to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. We hope to be able to gain this award for our other sites across Tayside in the future.”

Since 2003, NHS Tayside has been working with Dundee City Council and Tactran to improve cycling facilities for staff, patients and visitors.  Grants have included: creating shared use paths; improving and installing new cycling lockers and storage and staff cycle training.

 

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