Forth Valley College awarded a Cycling Friendly Campus

28 October 2019    

Forth Valley College has been awarded a Cycling Friendly Campus - just the second college in Scotland to receive the accreditation - for its dedication to supporting students and staff to travel by bike. 

The award reflects the college’s commitment to promoting cycling as a healthy and sustainable travel choice through:

  • installing high quality infrastructure
  • providing services for cyclists such as bike maintenance stands, cycle lockers, led ride initiatives and the NextBike scheme
  • and the excellent level of support provided by successful partnerships with organisations such as Stirling Cycle Hub, Forth Environment Link, Recyke-a-bike and Stirling Council.

The Cycling Friendly Campus award is a mark of recognition for the universities and colleges across Scotland who are working to support more students and staff to travel in a healthy and sustainable way. To date, 13 universities have been awarded and one college - with Forth Valley College the second college to be awarded for their efforts. The college has also participated in our Campus Cycling Officer internship programme and now host their third Officer for the 2019/20 academic year.

Andrew Lawson, Forth Valley College's Deputy Principal and Chief Operating Officer, was on hand to accept the framed certificate from Valentin Jeanjean, Development Officer at Cycling Scotland, Clara Walker, Director of Forth Environment Link and Susan McDougall, Transport & Travel Planning Officer with Stirling Council.

Andrew Lawson, said: “We would like to thank Cycling Scotland for presenting us with this honour and assure them that we will continue to improve and enhance our cycling provision as much as we can in the future. We are delighted and proud to be an official Cycling Friendly Campus here at Stirling. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the work that has been carried out across the whole of the college, but especially here at the Stirling Campus to improve our cycling facilities. I now hope that we can achieve the same Cycling Friendly status at the new Falkirk Campus and at Alloa, soon.”

Valentin Jeanjean, Development Officer at Cycling Scotland, said: “I commend the efforts of Forth Valley College, whose commitment to getting more students and staff on bikes has been exemplary: with people choosing to travel to campus by bike now benefitting from the new, high-quality infrastructure. Forth Valley College has increased access to bikes through a range of effective partnerships, by sponsoring NextBike memberships, and running regular confidence training sessions to make cycling accessible and easy for anyone. I would like to congratulate the college, just the second one in Scotland to receive this award, on their achievement and look forward to working with them in the future.”