College staff and pupils get on their bikes

A college is encouraging staff and pupils to cycle to lectures in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and cut pollution around its campus.

Cornwall College’s Bring Your Bike to College Day takes place next Tuesday (21 April) at its Camborne campus with free breakfast and safety checks for cycles on the day.

The college will also officially open new facilities for cyclists including new racks, bike bins and lockers funded by the Highways Agency.

The day is part of the college’s sustainable travel plan, developed with the Highways Agency, which includes car sharing, improved public transport information and walking.

Dave Linnell OBE, principal of the college said: “We are lucky enough to live and work in an area of great beauty and it’s our responsibility to do what we can to preserve it.

“As the largest provider of learning opportunities in Cornwall it’s extremely important we lead by example.

“Encouraging staff and students to use more environmentally friendly methods of travel to and from college is a key step in our ongoing work to protect the environment and fulfil our commitment to sustainable development.”

Mike Ginger, Highways Agency travel plan organiser, added: “The Highways Agency is encouraging businesses to look at how they can contribute to easing congestion and parking problems, reduce costs and improve the environment.”

A travel survey in 2006 showed approximately 80% of staff drive on their own to the college it also aims to reduce this substantially by 2011.

Luke Walsh

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