University of Dundee awarded Cycle Friendly Campus, with Distinction, from Cycling Scotland

Cycling Scotland logoRecord breaking adventurer and university Rector, Mark Beaumont, accepts Cycle Friendly Campus Award from Cycling Scotland.

Members of the University of Dundee community, including its Rector, the world-renowned adventurer, Mark Beaumont, were joined on campus today by Environment and Sustainability Officer, Trudy Cunningham to receive the Cycle Friendly Campus Award from Cycling Scotland.

 The award, which has been delivered with funding from Transport Scotland and recognises the efforts of Scottish universities which promote cycling as an accessible and convenient travel choice, was presented to Mark and Trudy 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.

Trudy Cunningham from the University, said, “We have been working towards a safe cycling environment that supports staff, students and visitors for over 5 years now. When I first arrived at University no one really cycled but now can offer 500 cycle parking spaces, various bike hire or loan schemes, cycle training, access to showers, bike lockers and even personal travel planning to students and visitors to campus.”

The University has received the award with Distinction for sustained efforts to promote cycling through the creation of a cycling hub which provides secure parking for bikes, lockers and access to maintenance tools. The institution’s Bicycle User Group provides support and advice to seasoned commuters and newbies whilst social rides are organised by the Cycling Society. The new readily available fleet of electric bikes as well as the bike breakfasts, cycle training and led rides ensure safe, social cycling and continues to foster strong links with Dundee City Council.

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Mark Beaumont, receiving the award with Trudy, said, “Dundee was the starting point for my first ever pedal-powered adventure at the young age of 12, and I am very proud to come back as the Rector for this fantastic University and help accept this Cycle Friendly Campus Award.  Through my own journeys, around the world and right here in Scotland, I aim to encourage as many people as I can to get outside and get cycling.

“The University of Dundee is rightly being recognised for not only promoting cycling but also making it as accessible as possible on campus. I cannot wait to get back in the saddle with our students and continue to promote life on two wheels!”

Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and Islands said, “It’s great to see the University of Dundee join Glasgow Caledonian and Heriot Watt universities as they become the third cycle friendly campus in Scotland.  Over the last two years the Scottish Government has invested almost £500,000 in Cycle Friendly Campus award projects, and I look forward to seeing even more awards coming in the future as we continue to encourage healthier lifestyles through active travel.

“Dundee is buzzing with walking and cycling projects, including the redevelopment of the waterfront. I am sure this award will encourage more journeys by bike than ever before, and encourage more colleges and universities to make cycling a priority.”

City Development Convenor Councillor Will Dawson said, “When it comes to encouraging cycling, the University of Dundee is a standard bearer for the city and we congratulate them on this award. Dundee City Council is developing a Cycling Strategy for Dundee and we hope its implementation will see more everyday cycling in years to come.”

Paul Wright, Cycling Scotland development officer said, “Cycling Scotland has worked closely with the University of Dundee in working towards the Cycle Friendly Campus Award. The University has shown great commitment to getting more people cycling around campus and I look forward to working with the team in the future to ensure staff and students can 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.cyclinghub.scot/cycle-friendly.

 

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