SQA Achieves Cycling Friendly Award

SQA has recently been awarded the Cycling Friendly Employer Award, Cycling Scotland’s national award which recognises SQA’s commitment to encourage staff at both their Dalkeith and Glasgow sites to cycle to work.

Cycling Scotland’s Cycle Friendly Employer Award is run in conjunction with the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives. The aim of the award is to give employers the incentive to achieve a nationally recognised award for promoting cycling in the workplace which will result in benefits for employers and staff alike.

As part of SQA’s Travel Plan, the national employer is promoting the benefits of cycling to their staff as a healthy, reliable and cheap form of transport which produces negligible carbon emissions. SQA’s Travel Plan promotes sustainable travel, active commuting and physical activity, as part of their corporate social responsibility strategy which encompasses a range of activities that support their staff, local communities and the environment.

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SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, said: 'I’m delighted that we have achieved this national award, which recognises the facilities and systems that we have put in place to make it easier for our staff to cycle to work. We are very pleased with the numbers of staff who have got involved and hope the numbers will continue to rise.'

Cycling Scotland Director, Alan Malcolm in presenting SQA with the award said, 'I'm delighted to see SQA attain the Cycle Friendly Employer Award. Our assessment showed that SQA has installed a fantastic new infrastructure and displayed a real enthusiasm for encouraging cycling amongst staff. SQA is particularly good at engaging with their employees, with an internal bike user group which is regularly consulted by senior staff. SQA has shown real commitment to being cycle friendly at both their Dalkeith and Glasgow sites, and it is great to see such a large employer providing the necessary infrastructure, incentives and promotion to get more staff traveling to work in a healthy and environmentally friendly way.'