Fife College’s Dunfermline campus has been awarded Cycling Friendly Status by Cycling Scotland after the installation of new facilities and a new bike hire scheme.
As part of a wider commitment to promote active travel across all campuses, the College has invested in several initiatives to make it easier for those choosing to cycle to work.
This has included implementing the Scottish Government’s Cycle to Work Scheme where staff are able to purchase a wide variety of bikes at a reduced price.
The College has also recently introduced a bike hire scheme called ‘On Yer Bike’, which allows students and staff to hire bikes on a weekly basis for a low cost. More recently this has been boosted by the introduction of a fleet of e-bikes and e-cargo bikes that are now available to hire.
Secure bike storage has also recently been installed on campus (pictured), and the active travel shower facilities at the Dunfermline Campus have been refurbished thanks to support from Cycling Scotland.
Fife College achieved the award with distinction due to their commitment to promoting cycling. The programme established by Cycling Scotland is designed to provide support and guidance to colleges and universities who wish to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible mode of transport.
Hope Jensen, the Campus Cycling Officer at Fife College's Dunfermline campus said:
“We’ve been working continuously to improve cycling facilities at the College over the past few years, so to be recognised for this is a real boost.
“To achieve this award you need to show your commitment to promoting active travel to and from campus, and that’s what we’ve been able to do with these new facilities.
“We’ve also got high hopes that our cycle hire scheme will be well used by students and staff alike, and maybe make them consider a more environmentally friendly way to travel to campus.
“The benefits of cycling to not only the environment but also for an individual's personal health are clear, so they more people we can get cycling, the better."
Photograph: (l to r) Tali Fisher, Fife College Students' Association President of Welfare and Equality; Hope Jensen, Campus Cycling Officer; and Emma Wallace, Fife College Students' Association President of Education & Representation.
More information on the Cycling Friendly scheme can be found here.