The Inmotion! partnership is celebrating after Barnsley Council won the ‘contribution to sustainable travel - organisation category’ award for their work with Premier Foods on the Green Matters Cycle Scheme at this year’s National Sustainable Travel Awards by Modeshift.
Since 2013 Inmotion! and Barnsley Council has been working with Premier Foods on their Green Matters Cycle Scheme to improve cycling infrastructure for employees after 12 bikes were stolen from the site in one month, causing commuting by bike to fall by 90%.
Over the last three years facilities have been vastly improved, including a new secure bike shelter, solar powered security lights, and upgraded showers and helmet lockers. Employees were also encouraged to take advantage of the Cycle-to-Work bike buying scheme, Cycleboost bike loans and on-site Dr Bike repair clinics. The planned projects include an outdoor repair station and tyre pump and an on-site cycle lane to increase safety.
Lee Haughton, Company Environmental Management & Compliance Coordinator at Premier Foods, said: “Since the new cycle enclosure and racks were built we’ve had no bikes stolen and commuting to work has increased fivefold, from 30 people per day to over 150. Staff at the site have organised cycle clubs and taken part in a coast to coast charity bike ride for Cancer Research, raising over £5,000. This scheme is now being rolled out via our Green Matters Champions to the other nine Premier Foods sites across the UK as an example of best practice.”
Barnsley Council also came runner up in the same award category for its work with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to refurb and upgrade changing rooms with lockers, energy efficient LED lighting with infrared sensors, a new shower, together with new WC’s, sinks, new ceiling, towel radiator and changing benches. New security cameras have also been installed to monitor the bicycle shelters. The improved facilities have helped increase the number of cyclists at the Trust, as well reduce its travel carbon footprint.
Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for Place at Barnsley Council said: “This award is great recognition of how the Inmotion! partnership is working hard with employers and their staff in Barnsley to improve facilities and break down the barriers that discourage people from cycling, helping them lead healthier, happier more active lives.”
Modeshift National Sustainable Travel Awards recognise and reward schemes, projects or other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, by highlighting best practice, showing innovation and being inspirational. Barnsley’s submission with Premier Foods walked away with the ‘Contribution to sustainable travel – Organisation award’. The Council’s joint submission with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust came runner-up. Full list of winners is available here modeshift.org.uk/2016-awards