We’re officially a Cycle Friendly Employer!

The Cycle Friendly Employer scheme, run by Cycling UK, is a framework for employers to promote and enable cycling at their workplace. Earlier this year we have achieved the Gold Award!

Following an audit at the end of last year, we are delighted to announce that the University of Salford received the Gold Award! The judges were impressed with our university’s commitment to improving the facilities for cycling, increasing the number of available parking spaces from 362 to 500, and further to nearly 2,000 over the next decade.

Participation in the scheme supports our actions to encourage the shift to more sustainable travel by students and staff, as set out in our Sustainable Travel Plan

The criteria is based across 6 categories: Communication and Incentives; Coordination and Organisation; Service; Facilities; Parking management; and Customer Traffic. We have achieved Gold in all of these areas.

Feedback and scores from the judges will help us set ambitious targets and further improve our cycling facilities and encourage sustainable travel. The next steps will involve work around car parking and provision of additional cycling facilities, such as cycle maintenance stations across campus.

Read more about Sustainable Travel at the University of Salford here.

Active Travel at Salford and in Greater Manchester

Cycling at Salford

  • If you’re interested in cycling, join our Cycle User Group on Teams to stay up to date with all our cycling-related news and incentives!
  • If you’d like to hire a bike, the recently launched Transport for Greater Manchester’s Bee Network Cycle Hire scheme is available on all of our campuses – read more here.
  • We’ve also got an internal E-Bike Hire Scheme for staff, which we run in partnership with Manchester Bike Hire. It gives you a chance to hire an electric bike for 4 weeks for free to try it out on your commutes. You can read more and sign up here.

Ride It Out! with Enactus Salford

Enactus Salford are leading a project called Ride It Out! which will include weekly rides around Salford to encourage people to cycle as part of a group, whilst also teaching them about bike safety and maintenance. The routes are designed for beginners. Each ride will also include a café stop. You can bring your own bike, but they will also be offering FREE bicycle hire for those getting involved.

The next session, will take place tomorrow, 5th of March at 11am. Email Olivia Morris for more info or to sign up: rideitoutliv@gmail.com 

Active Travel in Greater Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester have an Active Travel hub, where you can…

  • Get a personalised map of all the walking and cycling routes, green spaces and upcoming improvements
  • Find cycling tips on things like maintenance, security, commuting, as well as buying a cycle. You can also book free cycling training, and hire or buy a cycle.
  • Learn about the benefits of walking and how to make it a habit, and join your local walking group.
  • Read about the Bee Network –  integrated transport system which will connect buses, trams, rail as well as cycling and walking.

For longer journeys, here you can find more information about travelling by bus, tram or train in Greater Manchester.


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Cycle to Work scheme, Bike Doctor & future improvement plans

Cycle to WorkThe University’s Cycle to Work Scheme will open for applications from next Tuesday, April 1, providing employees with an opportunity to save money on the purchase of a new bike.

As part of our commitment to encouraging and facilitating sustainable methods of travel, the scheme provides colleagues with the use of a bike and safety equipment.  The cost is then paid over a twelve-month period.

There’s a further financial incentive to take part, as the scheme is an approved salary-sacrifice initiative, meaning there are significant tax and National Insurance savings available. Many colleagues have joined the scheme since it was first introduced in September 2011.  The closing date for applications is Thursday, 17 April 2014.

To find out more about the Cycle to Work Scheme and how to take part, visit the cycling pages.

Bike Doctor on campus

Bike doctor poster 140401For colleagues whose bike could do with a bit of care to keep it on the road, there will be a free bike doctor session next Tuesday, April 1, from 12noon until 2pm, at the MyCycle shop in Horlock Court.

The bike doctor will perform a quick safety check of your bike and let you know of any other maintenance it may need.

 

 

 

 

Future cycling improvements

Further improvements to cycle storage and complimentary facilities are currently being planned. These include:

  • A secure cycle storage facility at Mary Seacole
  • A secure cycle storage facility at the Sports Centre
  • Full refurbishment of male and female showers at Maxwell Hall

These works will take place over the summer.

Bike maintenance workshop a wheel success

DSC00115On Tuesday February 11, University students and staff took place in a free bicycle maintenance workshop as part of Go Green Week 2014.

Cycle mechanics from the National Cycling Academy in Whitefield came onto campus to pass on invaluable skills and techniques for keeping a bicycle in good shape. Puncture repair and chain maintenance were a couple of the key skills demonstrated by the mechanics as part of basic roadside repair.

Charlie Spring described how enjoyable and useful the session was: “It was a great way to meet colleagues and turn good intentions into useable skills. A general groan arose when we realised we’d have to broach our fear of taking off the back wheel, but Alex was very encouraging and we all ended up with dirty hands and confidence in our skills to defy punctures, select the right kind of lube and, crucially, get that back wheel off and on (and facing the right way!). I can’t wait for the next one!”

DSC00125The session took place at the Students Union MyCycle Shop in Horlock Court, with some of the demonstration bikes being kindly provided by MyCycle from their fleet of hire bikes. MyCycle hire out bikes on a weekly, monthly or termly basis, for more information, click here.

Future maintenance sessions are planned with the attendees wishing to tackle more advanced skills involved in maintaining and adjusting brakes and gears.

The session was funded as part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and organised through the TfGM Cycling Team. As well as the maintenance training, the team provide a range of cycle training, from ‘learn to ride’ sessions through to one-to-one on road sessions. For full information, go here www.tfgm.com/cycling

For more information on cycling at the University click here

New Secure Cycle Facilities Installed

Clifford Whitworth cycle facility
Clifford Whitworth cycle facility

Two 40-space secure cycle facilities have been installed at Cockcroft and Clifford Whitworth buildings.

The facilities are the latest part of the University’s Travel Plan strategy, which is aimed at encouraging and facilitating sustainable travel.

Andy Binder, Travel & Transport Officer, Environment & Sustainability, said: “Access control on the shelters is now in place. Anybody who wants access to them should go to Maxwell Reception, where their ID cards will be activated to allow entry.”

The access control will be activated from Tuesday, 7 May.

The back gate to Maxwell Well is also being secured to provide additional security to the 48-space cycle shelter that was installed there earlier this year. All access to the Well – for pedestrians and cyclists – must then be gained from the front entrance ramp.

The University Bicycle User Group also met on Thursday to discuss future cycling improvements on campus to support existing users but also to facilitate those who want to cycle more in the future.

For more information on the Bicycle User Group, cycling to the University and other travel and transport information, please go to www.estates.salford.ac.uk/page/travel or get in touch Andy Binder directly.

New cycle storage facility at Maxwell

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A new 48-space cycle storage facility has recently been installed in Maxwell Well to provide additional cycle storage for the Maxwell Building.

The facility, which can be used by employees and students, provides covered cycle parking with easy access to Maxwell Building and Hall and the Gilbert Rooms.  It is located near to male and female shower and changing areas in the back of Maxwell Hall, for those who wish to use them.  The shower areas have also been identified for renovation, when funding is available, to increase their attractiveness and provide more locker capacity.

Over the next few months, further cycle storage is set to be installed on the Peel campus, with two 40-space fully-covered and secure facilities being installed near to the Clifford Whitworth Building and outside Cockcroft Building, which will also serve Newton building users.

A former shower room in Crescent House basement is to be reinstated to provide a unisex shower facility for those on the south side of the A6.  For a map of current cycling infrastructure at the University, click here.

University Security are also working to reduce bicycle theft on campus and are offering recommended locks and other safety and security products at subsidised prices.  For more information call ext 55368 or go to Maxwell reception.

Travel & Transport Officer Andy Binder is working closely with the Bicycle User Group (BUG) and its chair, Jeremy Ford, to look at where improvements can be made across the University to support the growth in cycling.

He said: “These latest measures that are being introduced are all part of the University’s Travel Plan strategy, aimed at increasing the attractiveness and feasibility of using sustainable modes of travel.”

The Bicycle User Group meets once a semester to look at ways to make improvements that support cycling to and around the University.  For more information on BUG or to become a member please email eps-sustainability@salford.ac.uk.

Welcome Week 2012 Round Up

Well, Welcome Week is over for another year and we on the Sustainability Team can finally breathe! Thank you to everyone who came and visited Bec, Andy, Teo and myself at our sustainability stand at the Welcome Expo. I hope you all managed to jump on our bicycle powered Smoothie Maker or raced on the Scalectrix.

Scalelectrix
Scalelectrix

This year’s stand gave out some fabulous advice on energy saving tips, how and what to recycle in halls, buying Fairtade products and great travel advice on alternative methods of travelling to the University. If you missed this or want more information on cheap travel around the UK visit Andy’s travel pages.

We were also visited by the lovely people at the NUS’ Student Switch off Campaign. This year Salford is taking part by organising an energy saving competition between our halls of residence at Horlock, Constantine, Castle Irwell, Bramhall, John Lester and Eddie Coleman. If you want to win amazing prizes throughout the year (its sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s!!) and a massive party at the end of year for the winning hall then simply ‘like’ their Facebook page now!

So what else have we got coming up this year?

We have 2 events coming up soon for you to get involved in.

9th October – This semesters Swishing Party at Café Yours from 6pm. The University is committed to reducing the amount of textile waste going to landfill. To help with this we have partnered with Traid, a textile recycling charity, to run a series of swishing parties where you can bring along your unwanted clothes and simply swop them with someone else! It’s a great night and a great way to get a new outfit without spending a penny. Also look out for more information on our sewing workshops and fashion fairs.

10th October – This year’s first Wallness Lane Clean Up. The clean up event is on the 10th October 12-2pm on Wallness Lane, Peel Campus. This event sees staff and students getting together for a couple of hours to help clean up around the heavily used Wallness Lane cut through. Taking part in this event also goes towards your Student Life Award hours.

If you would like any more information on these events or future events ‘like’ our Facebook page or email eps-sustainability@salford.ac.uk.

The team will be holding events throughout the year so feel free to come over and talk to us.

Peddle Power!
Peddle Power!

Explore your travel options for 2012/13

As the start of the new academic year draws nearer, many colleagues and students will be interested in planning how they are going to travel to the University over the next 12 months.

To assist colleagues in planning their travel to the University, special information pages have been created for both staff and students to help plan their journey to the University during 2012/13.  The pages provide information and links on public transport, cycling, car sharing and car park permit registration.

They also offer advice and information for employees who are travelling into Salford. They include anything from how to save money with an annual season ticket to getting a bike through the Cycle to Work scheme.  There are also details on the University’s car sharing database, public transport options and how to obtain an annual parking permit.

Staff click here

Students click here

Cycle to Work Scheme is back for the summer!

Due to popular demand and to coincide with national Bike Week 2012, a short summer application window for the University’s Cycle to Work Scheme will be open from Monday 11 June to Friday 22 June.

As part of our commitment to encourage sustainable methods of travel, the scheme provides staff with the use of a bike and safety equipment. There is also a financial incentive as the initiative is an HM Revenue and Customs-approved salary sacrifice scheme, meaning there are significant tax and National Insurance savings available.

 

Many staff have already taken advantage of the scheme and are keen to share the benefits.

Speaking of the Cycle to Work benefits Mark Shepherd, Programme Director from the School of the Built Environment, said: “I bought a bike through the Scheme last October and it was a quick, painless process where I was able to get a really comfortable, convenient new bike. In fact, I have enjoyed cycling to work so much I have cancelled my car park permit altogether and have not brought the car since”.

To find out more about the Scheme and how to take part visit the sustainable travel cycling pages.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact Andy Binder, Travel & Transport Officer, on 55323 or email a.binder@salford.ac.uk.

Salford staff walk 134 miles in Walk to Work Week challenge

As part of the national Walk to Work Week challenge (14-18 May), Salford staff swapped their cars for a healthy stroll to the office and clocked up an impressive 134 miles, saved 23.23kg of CO2* and burned off a combined total of 12,869 calories.

All staff were invited to take part in the challenge with the opportunity to win a complimentary therapy treatment at the Health Hub. The winner of the treatment was Esme Caulfield from Student Life, who also logged the most miles during the week (17.8).

Andy Binder, Travel and Transport officer, said, “Well done to Esme and all those who logged their walking trips to and from work and around campus. It just goes to show what a difference exchanging your car for alternative modes of travel can make.”

Here are a few questions with our Walk to Work Week winner Esme Caulfield:

How did you reach your total of 18 miles?

All my miles were to and from work – in fact I usually do more but I got a lift in a couple of times.

Are you a keen walker in your spare time?

I do like walking in my spare time but I wouldn’t say I’m keen!  My main reason for walking to walk is that I don’t/can’t drive or ride a bike and the bus takes too long and isn’t particularly convenient.

Is walking your primary mode of travel to the University?

Yes it is, I walk in and home pretty much every day, summer and winter, rain or shine.  I wear trainers or hiking boots if the weather is bad and have a massive parka to keep warm in! 

I love walking to work – I get fresh air every day, I get to see the seasons change, see a lot or urban wildlife and it’s really good ‘headspace’ – both for planning my day in the morning, and reflecting on it on the way home.  I manage to solve a lot of problems and come up with ideas during my walks to work! Plus it’s lovely having some fresh air each day.

To find out more about the Walk to Work Week challenge, please visit http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/events/walk-to-work-week

The Greater Manchester Cycle Challenge is still underway and you can take part until the closing date on 5 June. The challenge is an opportunity for everyone to get on their bikes and have some fun competing against other workplaces within Greater Manchester.

The competition is based on participation and not how far or fast you can cycle.

Andy said, “We hope that as many colleagues as possible join us in the Challenge and ride a bike for at least 10 minutes until Tuesday 5 June 2012 to be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.

“So far we’ve cycled a total of 3,138 miles, burned 97,290 calories and saved 585kg of CO2*, which is almost as much as a flight for one person from London to New York! (610kg). Join us today to help us reach the top of the leader board.”

For information and registration for the cycle challenge, please visit www.tfgmcyclechallenge.org.uk/home and join colleagues from across the University who have already signed up.

If you have would like any further information about the challenge, please contact Andy on 55323 or email a.binder@salford.ac.uk.

*compared to the same trips being taken in an average car

The University is ready for the active travel challenge!

University colleagues are invited to take part in two active travel initiatives from next week – Walk to Work Week and the Greater Manchester Cycle Challenge.

Walk to Work Week takes place from 14 – 18 May and is about more than just walking as a means of travelling in to work.

 

 

 

 

Andy Binder, University Travel & Transport Officer, said: “If you can’t walk all of part of your journey to work you can still get involved by taking lunchtime walks, ‘walking meetings’ or uploading photos from your walks.

“You could top the University’s leader board, or help Salford compete against other organisations across the country to see who walks the most. All colleagues who take part will be entered into a prize draw to win a treatment of your choice at the Health Hub in the Sports Centre.”

If cycling is more your style, then the Greater Manchester Cycle Challenge takes place from 14 May to 5 June  – a chance for University colleagues to get on their bikes and have some fun competing against other workplaces within Greater Manchester.

 

 

 

The competition is based on participation and not how far or fast you can cycle.

Andy added: “The aim is for as many colleagues as possible to ride a bike for at least 10 minutes between Monday 14 May and Tuesday 5 June 2012 to reach the top of the leader board, claim victory and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.”

For information and registration for the cycle challenge, please visit www.tfgmcyclechallenge.org.uk/home and join colleagues from across the University who have already signed up.

To be part of the University’s walking effort visit http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/events/walk-to-work-week to register. There you can join our workplace group ‘University of Salford’ and record your walks online during the 14–18 May.