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.
In a week when Halfords caused a twitterstorm by suggesting bikes have numberplates, less reported was a spat between the RAC and the Environmental Transport Association; with the ETA citing research showing that hi-viz garments have no effect at all (unless printed with the word ‘POLICE’)
Dr Suzanna Bull (32) completed her Medical degree at the University of Birmingham; though most recently she had been working at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A petition is available:
“Protect Birmingham Cyclists” and if you would like to add your name to that. It calls for better cycling provision in Birmingham from the City Council.
There will be a candle lit vigil in memory of Suzanna and to demand safety improvements for riders on Monday 16th October starting at 6pm. Full details are available here at this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/678789515658507/
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
Whatever happened to the Green Bike Project? We had hopes of it resurfacing after losing its premises at the University. Its Facebook page is quiet. Those premises – officially known as The Insecctory – were demolished on Feb 8th.
Interesting new cyclists cafe and workshop in the centre of Kings Heath. We’ll be checking it out.
“We are Gorilla Coffee Cafe, a brand new cycling cafe that has just opened in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham. We offer a licensed cafe, cycle workshop and event space with a particular appeal to people that enjoy an active lifestyle, whilst also enjoying a slice of cake, coffee, glass of wine or local beer.
Gorilla Coffee Cafe offers a series of events and activities that should appeal to people that enjoy cycling. These include our Sunday morning cycle ride and big cycling events such as Paris – Nice on our 100 inch big screen!
We wanted to get in touch to make you aware of who we are and what we offer. In addition, we would like to offer a club discount on cycle servicing to members of Birmingham University Bicycle Users Group: BUBUG as a gesture of good will.
If you would like to find out more about developing a club discount or simply have a chat please contact either myself Damian Towers (Workshop Team Leader)(firstname.lastname@example.org) or James Connolly (Owner) (email@example.com – Phone / Txt :- 07976 925928)”