Gold Award rolls in for University of Salford in Cycle Friendly Employer scheme
We are delighted to announce that the University of Salford has been awarded the Gold Cycle Friendly Employer award!
The Cycle Friendly Employer scheme, run by Cycling UK, is a framework for employers to promote and enable cycling at their workplace. As a University who participate in the scheme, it helps to support our actions to encourage the shift to more sustainable travel by colleagues and students, as set out in our Sustainable Travel Plan.
Following an audit at the end of last year as part of the scheme, the judges were impressed by the University’s commitment to improving our facilities for cycling, such as increasing the number of available parking spaces from 362 to 500, and to nearly 2000 in the next decade.
Bec Bennett, Head of Environmental Sustainability, said: "It's a fantastic achievement for the University to be recognised as a cycle friendly employer and we are honoured to have received the Gold award to demonstrate that. A huge thank you to all the colleagues who have worked hard to make this happen!
"We want to encourage more of our University community to travel by cycle, so if there’s something we can improve further, please let us know.”
The criterion for this scheme is based across six categories: Communication and Incentives; Coordination and Organisation; Service; Facilities; Parking management; and Customer Traffic. We are proud to have achieved Gold in all of these areas.
Feedback and scores from the judges will help the University to set ambitious targets and further improve our cycling facilities and encourage sustainable travel. The next steps will involve work around car parking, and provision of additional cycling facilities, such as cycle maintenance stations across campus.
You can read more about sustainable travel at the University here.
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