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UCA welcomes a sustainable approach to cycling

Dozens of bikes were serviced at UCA Farnham last week as local group BikeStart were welcomed to Campus. This latest initiative forms part of the University’s bid to encourage more sustainable and environmentally friendly living, with around 40 bikes serviced over the course of a day.

The social bike project BikeStart, which is based in Aldershot and is open on Mondays and Thursdays, sells refurbished donated bikes, provides servicing and safety checks, and offers training to groups to help them learn bike maintenance skills.

Sustainability Officer Scott Keiller said: “We were pleased to see the visit from BikeStart was so well received by staff and students and look forward to welcoming them back later this year. As a university, we are working hard to encourage people to see the benefit of repurposing and repairing their belongings, reducing their overall waste, and considering more sustainable modes of travel.”

UCA has made considerable efforts to work towards a greener and more sustainable future over recent years. Earlier this year, the University announced that it had reduced its carbon footprint from energy consumption by more than a third since 2010, saving 2,286 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, and reaching its absolute emissions target for 2019/20 in the 2016/17 year.

The visit from BikeStart comes as UCA is set to relaunch its cycle to work program, in addition to a car sharing scheme, later this year.

BikeStart’s Bob Mercer commented: “The event was very well promoted and attended. We were run off our feet with requests for servicing and enquiries about the serviced bikes we sell. Our bikes are eminently suited for the student community - they are professionally refurbished bikes at very competitive prices.”

In 2017, UCA joined a growing number of UK universities in declaring that it has no direct investment in companies involved in the carbon energy industry, including those involved in extracting fossil fuels. UCA also publicly committed to ensuring that adverse climate impact would be avoided in any future corporate investments made by the University.