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Aston rewarded for cycling and walking initiatives

Aston rewarded for cycling and walking initiatives

11 March 2016

Aston University has been awarded a Gold Award by Birmingham City Council to recognise the institution as being one of the most bike and pedestrian-friendly places in the region.

Aston was one of only three organisations to receive Gold ‘Top Cycling and Walking Location’ status for making it easier for staff or students to travel on foot or two wheels, at a ceremony held at Maple House in Birmingham on 3 March 2016.

Speaking on receiving the Award, Andrew Bryers, Aston University’s Energy, Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “I am delighted to see Aston University recognised for its ongoing commitment to sustainable travel. We encourage our staff, students and visitors to walk or cycle to campus and in recent years have introduced initiatives such as a Bicycle Users Group, increased changing facilities, a pool bike scheme, safety advice, new bike shelters and walking routes, cycle training and maintenance lessons, and access to walking and cycling route planners. Walking and cycling is not only good for the environment but also good for the soul as it encourages our staff and students to be healthier and increase their well-being.”

The news was well received ahead of the University’s sixth annual ‘Go Green Week’ for staff and students (7th – 11th March 2016), a five-day programme of sustainability events including tours, talks, quizzes, well-being walks and a sustainable travel fair.

Cllr Lisa Trickett, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: “Congratulations to all the businesses, schools and organisations which received awards for their work in promoting cycling and walking, encouraging staff and students to embrace these greener modes of transport.

“I am also glad to see so many primary schools gaining recognition, as they may inspire to others to get involved and develop their own initiatives to get people of all ages cycling and walking in Birmingham.”

The award scheme, a partnership between Birmingham City Council, public transport co-ordinator Centro, Sustrans and bike experts BikeRight! saw a total of 21 organisations receive recognition for their efforts to get more people cycling and walking.

Each of the businesses or education sites was handed gold, silver or bronze status based on how easy it is to cycle or walk to and from the venue.

Since 2013, the initiative – part of Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme – has awarded grants to 22 schools and colleges and 24 businesses to help meet the growing interest in cycling and demand for facilities.

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For further information, please contact Louise Ciaravella, University Communications on 0121 204 4637 or l.ciaravella@aston.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

Awards were presented to the following businesses, schools and organisations:

Gold

  • Amey (one award covering Colmore Plaza and Thimble Mill Lane sites)
  • Aston University
  • Brindleyplace

Silver

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • Innovation Birmingham (Faraday Wharf)
  • Midlands Arts Centre (mac)

Bronze

  • Aquarius
  • Bordesley Green Primary
  • Broadway Plaza
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Deykin Avenue Primary School, Witton
  • Hillstone Primary, Shard End
  • Hunters Hill Technology College, Bromsgrove
  • Innovation Court
  • Midland Heart (Bath Row)
  • Slade Primary, Erdington
  • St Thomas C of E Primary
  • Redhill Primary, Hay Mills
  • Regent’s Park Primary, Small Heath
  • St Cuthbert’s Primary, Stechford
  • Ward End Primary