26 June 2014
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The award, which has been developed and administered by Cycling Scotland with support from the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, is aimed at rewarding organisations which not only provide adequate facilities for cyclists, but actively promote and incentivise cycling as a healthy and accessible alternative for commuting employees.
The new multi-site category is the first of its kind to be presented by Cycling Scotland and represents a significant evolution of the awards, which were originally based on an assessment of individual places of work.
Eight of SEPA’s offices from across Scotland were assessed as part of the award, including Aberdeen, Dingwall, Perth, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Balloch and the Angus Smith Building in North Lanarkshire, where the award was presented on Monday, 23 June.
SEPA’s Chief Executive, James Curran, who received the award with Chairman David Sigsworth, said:
I’m totally behind our organisational involvement in the Healthy Working Lives programme and the really positive activities we’re pursuing. I’m looking forward to us building on this positive result and hope that this will further encourage and support everyone to get involved in creating the culture of health, safety and wellbeing we all want.”
To achieve the accolade, SEPA was required to demonstrate that each office location provided designated bike parking, showers and changing areas, in addition to encouraging staff through Corporate initiatives such as Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) and purchasing schemes for those interested in buying a bike – each of which SEPA provides.
The Cycle Friendly award adds to the Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award which SEPA achieved in October 2013, and will contribute towards gaining the Silver level Award by the end of 2014.
A spokesperson for Cycling Scotland said:
We are delighted to award SEPA the first multi-site Cycle Friendly Employer award, having demonstrated an exceptional commitment to encouraging staff to cycle to work across their workplaces in Scotland. We hope that other large organisations will now be encouraged to think about how they too can support cycling as a practical and healthy mode of transport across their organisations”
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About Cycling Scotland
Cycling Scotland is the lead organisation for cycling promotion and training in Scotland. With grant funding from Transport Scotland, we promote cycling as an acceptable, attractive and practical lifestyle option. Cycling Scotland is a registered charity (SC029760). Visit www.cyclingscotland.org for more information.
Cycle Friendly Employer multi-site Award
To qualify for the new multi-site award, each organisation must satisfy the following criteria:
- Have a dedicated multi-site cycling champion who will be the main contact for Cycling Scotland and who will monitor progress towards all of the organisation’s sites achieving the Cycle Friendly Employer award
- Operate from a minimum of 10 sites located in Scotland
- At least 80% of the organisation's staff to be based at a site that has been awarded Cycle Friendly Employer status.
For further information on the nationally recognised Cycle Friendly Employer Award, please visit www.cyclingscotland.org/our-projects/award-schemes/cycle-friendly-employer