College achieves Cycling Friendly Status

City of Glasgow College has been awarded Cycling Friendly Status with Distinction.

This national award recognises the college's ongoing commitment to increasing cycling across its twin site campus and is valid for three years.

It's estimated that there has been a 200% increase in the number of people cycling in Scotland due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

People turned to cycling as their form of daily exercise, with the obvious health benefits and quieter roads making it increasingly popular.

It’s a form of transport which City of Glasgow College encourages as part of their ongoing commitment to reduce their carbon footprint. Cycling is an important element of the college’s green travel plan which encourages staff and students to commute to and from work, and between campus buildings, in an environmentally sustainable way.

The college’s twin site campus has facilities for almost 600 bikes. Its City campus has built-in secure accommodation, with covered storage installed recently at Riverside campus. Both are equipped with lockers, drying cabinets, tools and D-locks. With a phased return to some on-campus activity imminent, bike storage at both campuses will be available subject to social distancing and hygiene measures.

Funding from Cycling Scotland allowed for the construction of the storage facility at Riverside, while the college’s e-bike loan scheme for staff has been possible thanks to a grant from the Energy Saving Trust. the e-bikes offer staff a healthy and quicker option to the 20 minute walk between campus buildings, as well as an alternative to the college’s electric shuttle cars which must allow for social distancing.

Already part of the Cycling Friendly Campus programme, the Cycling Friendly award underlines the college's ongoing ambition to reduce its carbon footprint, while making it easier and more accessible for staff and students to cycle.