DIT wins Bike Week award

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Sophie Nicoullaud of the Dublin Cycling Campaign
presents the Golden Pedal award to Brian Gormley,
Chair of Smarter Travel Working Group,
and Sinead McNulty, DIT Head of Sports

21st June 2010

The Dublin Institute of Technology beat off strong competition to win the 2010 Golden Pedal Award, which is presented to the organisation that has done the most to promote cycling to work over the past year. The award was presented at a ceremony on Friday, June 18th in Grand Canal Square as a culmination of Bike Week 2010.

Sophie Nicoullaud, of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, who presented the award, noted that the competition had been very close, but that the honours had deservedly gone to DIT as a result of efforts which were very clearly cross-institutional. Staff and students from the President down were involved over the year in many cycling events and activities.

Google took second place and the Mater Hospital came third.

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Brian Gormley, who chairs the DIT Smarter Travel Working Group, accepted the award on behalf of DIT. Brian noted that, “The award is recognition of the hard work in this area by a range of staff and students. Special thanks go to HR, Buildings Office, Property and Facilities Office, DIT Students’ Union, Campus Life and last but by no means least, the Sports and Recreation Service.”

Since April 2009 the Cycle to Work scheme has been taken up by nearly 300 DIT staff. Additional covered cycle parking was installed for DIT Bolton St, DIT Cathal Brugha St, and DIT Rathmines. The Sports Service have actively promoted the facilities available to cyclists on campus, and have also run regular cycle safety and cycle maintenance courses. Bikes that were abandoned in DIT car parks were removed, refurbished, and are now being used by DIT staff to travel between the different sites.

The benefit of these activities was seen in the DIT Travel survey, which showed that more staff now cycle into work than drive. One in four of the academic staff cycle to work, and 1200 of the full-time students are regular cyclists. This change in transport choices has removed over 800,000 car trips from Dublin streets over the past four years.

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