The award, which is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland, recognises the efforts of Scotland's colleges and universities that promote cycling as an accessible and convenient travel choice. It was presented to Abi Wingate, Transition Heriot-Watt Cycling Officer, by Cycling Scotland's Paul Wright in recognition of the outstanding level of commitment the University has shown to encourage cycling to, from and around campus.
Supported by Transition Heriot-Watt, the University has implemented a range of measures including launching the hugely successful Bike Bothy, which offers bike hire, maintenance support, cycle training, bike spares and a meeting place for rides and events. The University also put in signage to highlight safer cycling routes, such as along the canal tow path linking the Edinburgh campus to the City Centre.
Derek Mackay, Minister for Transport and Islands, said, "I'd like to congratulate Heriot-Watt on becoming the latest university to receive the Cycle Friendly Campus Award.
"The Scottish Government is fully committed to increasing levels of cycling and walking and is delighted to have been able to support the Cycle Friendly Campus Award with Cycling Scotland. This is a great example of how everyone can contribute to our vision that 10% of everyday journeys will be made by bike by 2020.”
Malcolm Deans, Director of Campus Services at Heriot-Watt, said, “Heriot-Watt University is thrilled to have achieved the Cycle Friendly Campus Award and to have had the opportunity to engage in the scheme in collaboration with Transition Heriot-Watt and Cycling Scotland.
“Working towards the Award has helped the University provide improved support for people traveling by bike and has substantially increased the numbers of staff and students choosing to get on their bikes. This is a great result, as cycling makes a fantastic contribution towards sustainability by helping to tackle climate change, reducing congestion and improving local air quality.
“We plan to build on the positive impact of gaining the Award and will continue to promote cycling as part of the University's broader commitment to smarter travel that is better for the environment and for the physical, mental and financial wellbeing of students and staff.”