Cycle Friendly Campus Award
In April 2018, Cycling Scotland awarded Pollock Halls of Residence the Cycle Friendly Campus Award, with Distinction.
On Monday 19 November we held a small event to officially receive the award. Richard Kington, Director of Accommodation, Catering and Events (ACE) collected the award on behalf of Pollock Halls from Katharine Brough, Head of Behaviour Change at Cycling Scotland.
The Cycling Scotland award, which is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland, recognises colleges and universities across Scotland that promote cycling as a fun, healthy and accessible travel option for both students and staff.
Pollock Halls is the largest student residence site at the University, providing accommodation to around 2,000 students. It also functions as a workplace for about 500 staff members, as well as a conference and hotel facility. It is a major hub of travel activity, with thousands of journeys taking place daily.
Over the past few years the Transport Office within Estates has aimed to improve facilities and opportunities for cycling through collaboration with ACE, ResLife and EUSA.
This has involved offering staff and students free bike maintenance courses, cycle training lessons and led rides. We have also refurbished and expanded cycle parking at Pollock Halls with a proportion of the funding coming from Cycling Scotland.
Another key activity which supported our efforts to achieve Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Campus Award was the introduction of the UniCycle student bike hire scheme. Working with EUSA, we designed and operated the scheme from 2015 - 2018 with the help of £49,000 funding from Cycling Scotland.
The successful scheme saw 50 bikes available for students living at Pollock Halls to hire, at a cost of £30 per semester. We found that the UniCycles scheme demonstrated a strong appetite for a University-wide bike hire scheme.
This summer the University partnered with Transport for Edinburgh on the city-wide Just Eat Cycles scheme which has replaced UniCycles at Pollock Halls. Just Eat Cycles hire point are also available at other university sites including George Square and King’s Buildings as well as across the city.