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Pedal power pays dividends for QMU

Queen Margaret University’s push on pedal power has paid off with the recent award of Cycle Friendly Employer from Cycling Scotland.

Known for its sustainability credentials, Queen Margaret University is delighted to have yet another award which helps to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability.

The opening of Queen Margaret University’s new campus in Musselburgh in 2007 presented the opportunity for the University to develop a green transport policy. As part of the campus move, the institution has encouraged staff, students and even visitors to consider more sustainable travel alternatives to the car. This has allowed the University to promote the use of pedal power and by providing a full range of incentives including bike sheds, showers, cycle workshops, group cycling events, bike user group and the ‘bike to work’ scheme, the University is now seeing more staff and students than ever before travelling to the campus by push bike. Cycle users have also been able to maximise the use of the National Cycle Route 1 which runs through the campus.

Matt Sanders, a keen cyclist and Green Travel Champion at Queen Margaret University, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the largest cycling charity in Scotland. We are continuously promoting the benefits of cycling to work and it’s wonderful to know that our efforts in this area are resulting in an increased level of people travelling by bike. We are also pleased that our drive to support cycle users by providing a range of good facilities, useful information and advice, as well as group activities is being recognised in this way.”

Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Employer Award is a nationally recognised award for organisations located in Scotland who are committed to increasing staff trips by bike. Developed with support from the Scottish Cente for Healthy Working Lives, the aim of the award is to give employers the incentive and tools to promote cycling in the workplace, resulting in benefits for employers and staff alike. The award also provides best practice guidance in relation to cycle commuting and can be used as a practical tool to implement cycle measures as part of a sustainable travel plan.

Isla Campbell, Active Living Assistant from Cycling Scotland , said: “We are delighted that Queen Margaret University has achieved the Cycle Friendly Employer Award.  It highlights a real commitment by the University to encourage staff and students to travel more sustainably.” 

She concluded: “Cycling is also a great way to keep fit and healthy and we congratulate the University on all the hard work they have done to improve facilities for cyclists.“

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Notes to editor:

For information on the Cycling Scotland award visit: http://www.cyclingscotland.org/our-projects/award-schemes/cycle-friendly-employer/

For further information about Queen Margaret University’s sustainability information and accolades visit: www.qmu.ac.uk/ http://www.qmu.ac.uk/sustainability/default.htm and for details on QMU travel visit: www.qmu.ac.uk/travel

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, Email: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk

 

 

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