Thirteen campuses working hard to be Cycling Friendly

9 September 2019    

Universities and colleges across Scotland are working hard to get students cycling through support this year from dedicated Campus Cycling Officers.

The Officers, part of our Cycling Friendly Campus programme, will work in 13 institutions for the next year, creating opportunities for students and staff to get on their bikes. The Officers will be embedded within the host universities and colleges and are responsible for promoting cycling as a safe, accessible, affordable and environmentally friendly travel option.

This is the fourth year of the scheme and this year the geographical spread is bigger than ever: from campuses as far north as Orkney College down to Glasgow.

Funded by Transport Scotland, supported by Cycling Scotland and managed administratively by Bright Green Business, the internship programme is complemented by a development fund and accreditation scheme, all designed to support campuses become cycling friendly.

The intake of Campus Cycling Officers will be placed in colleges and universities, including Inverness College, Glasgow Kelvin College, University of Stirling, Highlands and Islands Students Association and Dundee & Angus College.

In previous years, Campus Cycling Officers have been responsible for writing cycling strategies on behalf of their campus, applied for funding to install infrastructure, built local and regional partnerships, set-up cycling hubs and organised accessible cycling sessions.

Fraser Watt, Campus Cycling Officer at Dundee & Angus College said “I’m excited to be working with Dundee & Angus College this year to help promote cycling and make it a more appealing and accessible mode of transport for all students and staff. I want to boost confidence in cycling through activities and workshops which will give people the skills needed to be more confident on bikes.”

Valentin Jeanjean, Development Officer responsible for the Cycling Friendly Campus programme at Cycling Scotland said, “This year we’re working hard on supporting shared learning through dual hosting between universities and colleges and, with 11 of the 13 institutions being colleges, the Campus Cycling Officers will be focusing on making cycling more accessible to everyone”.