BUBUG members – we need your spare change – please….(though ideally a bit more if you can spare it).
You’ll already know that Peter Edwards – the University’s sustainable transport officer – has been working hard over the years to increase the number of bike racks, bike shelters, bike boxes, cycle lanes etc for us on campus. Well now he needs something from us.
He’s been championing our bid for a bike hire scheme to be used by staff, students and the local community and has been successful himself in getting some considerable funds for this bid. We’re in competition with Swansea, Brunel, Surrey and Portsmouth Universities. We’re lying second behind Swansea University currently who only need a mere £3,000 to make their target. And they are ahead of us in reaching their goal. BUT very hot on our heels is Brunel University. They, like us, need to raise about £7,000 by 10pm THIS FRIDAY so it’s not just Swansea we are up against.
Can YOU help? If all the BUBUG members on this list pledged a fiver (that’s a few pints of beer or one fish supper) that would help get things moving again (and remember – if we don’t win you get your money back). If you can pledge a little more to help get this scheme here at the University then there are some great rewards on offer – especially if you enjoy your Sports. For £40 you can get 10 exercise class vouchers at the new UoB sports centre. If you aren’t already a member of the Sports centre then Pay as You go for classes currently costs £42 for 10 sessions with a 6 month expiry on the voucher – so that’s all your money back!!! For £65 you get 20 classes – so UoB is paying you to come and use their facilities. Know anyone that this would make a good Xmas present for??? Or a good New Year’s get fit resolution for yourself?
So how about it – will YOU help…please?
The page is here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bikesforbrum With the competition page here showing Swansea in the lead: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/santander-cycles
Come on BUBUG – can we help Peter reach his target??? Can you help bring this scheme to the University for the good of current and future cyclists?
The University hase now dropped its lead (see below article) and really needs your help to ensure it get in the top two. Even by pledging just one or two pounds will make a huge different and add to its supporters.
You can help here
Mix together a narrow road, poor visibility, big gates, pedestrians from the Sports Cente, tidal flow vehcular traffic and contra-flow cycle lanes on what was the safest crossing to campus for cyclists, and then add in another traffic flow from a car park… The result – dangers for all road users: motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. BUBUG first took this up with the University in May but the plan went ahead virtually unchanged.
The University should take immediate action to protect all road users – shutting the car park would be a good start.
The race is on to get funding for a UOB bike scheme – but we have to raise £47k first.
The pledge page is www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bikesforbrum .
Lots more information and great rewards for people that pledge on the Crowdfunder page.
The five finalists have been announced in the Santander Cycles University Challenge, an initiative that offers Santander UK university partners the chance to develop their own bespoke cycle hire scheme.
The University of Birmingham, Brunel University London, the University of Portsmouth, the University of Surrey and Swansea University have been shortlisted from 23 entrants for the chance to win the capital funding for a cycle scheme. Each of the five finalists must now run a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to meet the operating costs of its proposal.
The crowdfunding-led campaign, which will run from early November for a month, will ensure that the community are engaged and provide support from the very beginning. The two universities that achieve the highest percentage over their fundraising target will receive the capital costs for a cycle scheme valued up to £100,000.
The universities’ proposals would initially see up to 50 bicycles based around their campuses. The aim is for the infrastructure to be in place and operational by Spring 2018.
The competition received entries from throughout the country, with universities looking to develop sustainable transport schemes which will help them address congestion, reduce emissions and promote well-being. One barrier that universities face is the significant capital upfront costs that are required. Santander has designed the competition to overcome this challenge by providing the initial capital costs to the two winners.
Signs posted at the Munrow clearly warns cyclists that the concession for them to shower and change in the Munrow without the need to be a member will end on Friday, with the closure of the
Munrow. The new building at the South Gate opens on Mon 22nd May though membership prices are not published yet. Cyclists who wish to shower there must be members. If this is going to cause you problems then please get in touch with us
A bike repair stand and pump have been installed near University station