18 June 2014
Bicycle User Group reaches milestone
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is celebrating ten years of its popular cycle to work group which has seen hundreds of staff and students ditch their cars and put in some pedal power to travel to the campus.
The UCLan Bicycle User Group (BUG) was established in 2004 by a group of cycling enthusiasts with the support of the University who wanted to hear cyclists’ views about facilities. Now ten years on this group has grown to over 100 members who regularly cycle in.
During the last decade UCLan has set up three bike compounds with 26 lockers across campus. A recent grant from the Lancashire County Council Local Sustainable Transport Fund has allowed for an additional six bike lockers and a cycle shelter which will be installed within the next few weeks.
"It’s fantastic that from a small group of keen cyclists we have grown into a much larger group that promotes commuting via bike to the University. It’s a great option to consider because it’s healthy and also better for the environment"
Sharon Doherty, a founding member of UCLan BUG, commented: “It’s fantastic that from a small group of keen cyclists we have grown into a much larger group that promotes commuting via bike to the University. It’s a great option to consider because it’s healthy and also better for the environment.”
UCLan is a member of the official Cyclescheme which allows staff to get a bike tax-free in order to travel to work. The BUG team also works with the University’s Sustainable Travel Coordinator to provide regular bike maintenance sessions, discounts on bike locks, a bike buddy system and Bikeability cycle training.
Joanne Talbot, UCLan Travel Co-ordinator, said: “The popularity of cycling here at the University is growing. Over the last year we have seen a 2.4% increase in the number of staff and a 1.5% in the number of students who are choosing to cycle in.
“UCLan’s BUG has been instrumental in the provision of excellent cycle facilities across the University and has helped to improve cycle routes both on and to campus.”