UTravelActive success recognised

The success of the UTravelActive project in encouraging cycling at Leeds universities and teaching hospitals has been applauded by Sustrans.

  • cycling has increased by as much as 66% at the universities and hospitals involved in the project
  • 36% of staff and students have reduced their car travel by at least one mile a day
  • the proportion of students who never drive has doubled

UTravelActive has provided a fleet of around Velocampus bikes for hire, cycle training, bike maintenance sessions, and advice on planning the safest cycle routes.

Krystel Shelmerdine, a second-year postgraduate student at Leeds, has been taking cycling lessons as part of the project.  She says: 'After just three lessons I'm already thinking ahead to how I can use my new bike.  I aim to cycle regularly to my work placement next spring.  I currently do the trip by car but it's only three-and-a-half miles so it is easily do-able by bike.  It means I'll be fitting exercise naturally into my day, which is important as I'm really busy.'

UTravelActive is a partnership between the University of Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Trinity University College, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and Sustrans.

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