Truro College Cycle Storage Grand Opening and Cycle Promotion Day a Huge Success
The Truro College Health, Wellbeing and Sport Team, in partnership with sustainable transport charity Sustrans, held a cycling promotion day last week to encourage more staff and students to take to two wheels to get to college.
The day was packed full of different activities including over 30 staff and students taking up the offer of free bike maintenance. The Sustrans' cycle powered smoothie maker proved very popular with over 100 smoothies being made by pedal power. Another highlight was the bike quiz, where £50 worth of cycle equipment was won by lecturer Chris Boyns.
The promotion day was organised to help celebrate the college cycle storage facilities improvement programme. Funding from the Department for Transport through the Access to Education programme has meant the number of secure, covered bike spaces has increased by a third to almost one hundred spaces at six locations.
Jane Cashmore, Director of Operations, officialy opened the storage facilities at the event ;she said :
"We are delighted to be opening and promoting our improved cycle facilities for staff and students. Our Sustrans Schools' Officer, Nick Ratcliffe, has been working in partnership with Truro College since 2012, linking with our Health, Wellbeing and Sport Team on a range of initiatives. He was successful in helping us obtain assistance through Cornwall Council to improve our cycle storage shelters, alongside his work on advisory and traffic free routes and safe cycling and walking schemes. Since the installation of the new shelters, there has been a significant increase in the number of cycles being used for journeys to and from college, which is an excellent way of increasing options for manageable daily exercise as part of college life."
Nick Ratcliffe, Schools officer from Sustrans, said:
"Walking and cycling to college is a great way for students and staff to get daily exercise and to reduce congestion near to the college campus at the same time."
More exciting activities are planned over the coming year including events to promote walking to college too. A cycle facilities map is currently being developed which shows quieter routes to college, locations of cycle storage and showering facilities on campus.