Borders College

Cycle friendly employer encourages healthy workforce

As part of its commitment to the Healthy Working Lives scheme, Borders College has used a development grant to install facilities to make it easier for staff members to get involved in the ‘cycle to work’ campaign.

The number of staff cycling to the workplace was fairly low and feedback had indicated that improved changing facilities would encourage staff to cycle to work more often. With this in mind, College Health and Safety Manager Kevin Drum approached Cycling Scotland to find out about funding opportunities to help create better facilities for staff cyclists. The College applied for a Development Grant Fund in order to improve both shower facilities and lockers for staff, which at the time were very limited.

Cycling Scotland awarded the College £6,826, and during the summer holiday a number of local tradesmen helped bring the project to fruition. Several cyclists have already made use of the new shower room at the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels.

Jamie McIntyre, Campus Library Manager, who cycles the 6 miles to work from Selkirk everyday said:

“The new facilities make the campus much more conducive for cycling to work. Staff now have access to larger lockers and more space in which to get changed.”

Kevin has been instrumental in raising the Healthy Working Lives profile within the College, which helps to promote healthy lifestyles. After helping the College to achieve the silver standard in 2011, he continued to drive the campaign forward to achieve the gold award in 2015.

Kevin says of the recent development:

“The lack of facilities on Campus played a major part in our active cyclist numbers being pretty low and infrequent, but based on feedback from various staff and student groups it is hoped that the improvements to our changing facilities for staff will enable us to gather figures to establish a baseline that we can use to evaluate the impact in future years.”

The College is now looking to complete its registration as a Cycle Friendly Employer with Cycling Scotland.

To find out more about how you could beat the traffic and keep active at the same time, visit www.cyclingscotland.org or www.cycletoworkday.org

  • If any staff member would like to obtain a key to use the new shower room, they should contact Peter Elliott, Assistant Facilities Manager.
  • Borders College also operates a cycle to work scheme in operation through Edenred with Cycle Solutions.

Published: Tue 6th Nov, 2018