Published: Monday, August 4th, 2014
National hospital becomes Cycle Friendly Employer
The Golden Jubilee National Hospital has been awarded the status of Cycle Friendly Employer.
The Cycle Friendly Employer Award was developed by Cycle Scotland, working alongside the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, and is awarded to organisations that demonstrate continuous dedication to increasing the number of members of staff who cycle to work.
Following an extensive evaluation process, the award was presented to the Golden Jubilee's Chair Jeane Freeman and Performance and Planning Lead Birgit Clark by Gerry Mitchell, Travel Choice Advisor from the Bike Station.
Commenting on the award, Jeane said: "The Golden Jubilee National Hospital is committed to ensuring that we are not only an environmentally friendly organisation but that we do all we can to help our staff lead active and healthy working lives, so we are thrilled to be officially recognised as a Cycle Friendly Employer.
"It is well documented that cycling to work can have an extremely positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and decreasing stress levels, not to mention the environmental advantages it offers.
"Our team has worked incredibly hard, not only to encourage staff to take up cycling, but to put in place an infrastructure which ensures everyone has access to high quality cycling equipment, storage and changing facilities, alongside information and advice for anyone thinking about making the change."
Over the past several years, the Golden Jubilee has made a concerted effort to increase the number of staff cycling to work, including:
• installation of covered storage areas, monitored by CCTV and 24 hour security;
• introducing a Cycle to Work Scheme in conjunction;
• hosting Bike Station 'Better Way to Work' events to provide information, seminars and bike "check-ups"; and
• since the beginning of 2014, encouraging staff to take up a personal fitness challenge as part of their Commonhealth Commonwealth programme.
Jeane commented: "Going forward we have extended our Cycle to Work Scheme and will continue to develop new and innovative ways to help even more staff lead healthy, and active lives."