Stirling’s Zero Waste Scotland celebrate national Bike Week by becoming a Cycle Friendly Employer

Stirling-based Zero Waste Scotland got on their bikes last week to mark national Bike Week, as the organisation received the Cycle Friendly Employer Award from Cycling Scotland. 

29 Jun 14

Zero Waste Scotland achieved the award through implementing a suite of measures to make cycling to work an easy and practical option for staff by providing facilities such as secure bike parking, lockers, showers and pool bikes.

To mark the achievement of the award, Zero Waste Scotland held a ‘Dr Bike’ session for staff with local bike recycling charity Recyke-a-Bike, based in Riverside.  The session saw Recycke-a-Bike’s mechanics give staff a helping hand with minor bike repairs, to ensure as many staff as possible have roadworthy bikes to make use of the company’s cycle-friendly facilities. Recycke-a-Bike are also providing the organisation with pool bikes on a leasing scheme, and will ensure the bikes are serviced and maintained on a regular basis.

Iain Gulland, Director of Zero Waste Scotland, commented: “As a keen cyclist myself, I’m delighted that Zero Waste Scotland has achieved the Cycle Friendly Employer Award. We work hard to lead by example on issues like recycling, reducing food waste and being resource-efficient here in the office, and having good facilities for cyclists will help us to also reduce our emissions from transport, as well as encouraging staff to be more active. It’s a fantastic way for us to mark Bike Week, and the addition of our refurbished pool bikes are also a great way to mark the fact that it’s also Recycle Week.” 

Recyke-a-Bike is one of a growing number of shops across Scotland with Revolve accreditation. The Revolve mark is given to second hand stores that meet the highest possible quality standards, and the scheme is run by Zero Waste Scotland to encourage people to buy second hand. Over 30 stores nationwide now have Revolve status, and are ensuring that good quality items continue to stay in use rather than go to landfill, helping local economies, creating jobs and protecting the environment.

Ian Aitken, Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland commented: “It’s fantastic to see Zero Waste Scotland achieve the Cycle Friendly Employer Award. Having the right facilities in place in the office really helps to make cycling to work an easy and practical way to commute, or to make shorter trips for meetings and appointments. Commuting by bike is fantastic for staff, as it’s free and fun, and good for employers too, as staff that cycle regularly take fewer sick days on average.” 

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