Scottish Public Sector Sustainability News – 12 April 2017

City of Edinburgh Council is to establish a public bike share pilot scheme this year; Midlothian Council’s Active Travel team has been shortlisted for a Scottish Transport Award; the University of Edinburgh has published a briefing on how universities can contribute to tackling conflict minerals; Dundee and Angus College has acquired three electric vehicles, and; Moray Council is working with local art studio to launch new walking and cycling routes.


City of Edinburgh Council bike share pilot

A cycle hire scheme is to be trialled in Edinburgh in a £150,000 project later this year. The city council considered a hire scheme in 2007, but it was shelved because of the cost. Lesley Hinds, City of Edinburgh Council's transport convener, said: "Thanks to the funding available as part of the local government finance settlement, we'll have more resources to devote to cycling projects (supplementing the 10% of the overall transport budget investment already allocated to cycling for 2017/18) and we plan to use some of this extra money for a pilot cycle hire scheme."


Midlothian Council’s Active Travel team shortlisted for Scottish Transport Award

Midlothian Council’s Active Travel team has been shortlisted for a Scottish Transport Award in excellence in travel information and marketing. Bogdan Handrea, Midlothian Council’s Active Travel Officer, has organised a variety of events and initiatives of part of his ‘Out and About’ project to encourage sustainable travel. Highlights include installing interactive, touch screen consoles with information about walking, cycling and public transport, at each of the four new Borders Railway stations in the county. Events have included led walks and cycles as well as working with local charity, the Gorebridge Community Development Trust on the Big Bike Revival in October 2016.


University of Edinburgh briefing on tackling conflict minerals

A new publication from the University of Edinburgh shares insights on working to eradicate conflict minerals from supply chains in the context of UK universities. The University adopted a policy position on this issue in March 2016.


Dundee and Angus College Acquire Three Electric Vehicles

Dundee and Angus College has taken delivery of three Kia Souls for cross campus travel, through grant funding from the local Community Planning Partnership. The use of the fully electric vehicles for essential travel between the Kingsway, Gardyne and Arbroath Campuses will reduce the college’s fuel costs and carbon footprint. The leased the five-door hatchbacks will be fuelled via the charging points at Arbroath and Gardyne Campuses. Two more charge points are scheduled for Kingsway Campus, and the college has successful secured extra funding to install rapid-charge points across the college, through Energy Saving Trust Scotland. The funding is designed to benefit the college and the public, who are able to charge their EV free of charge at the D&A charge points.


Moray Council and NADFLY art studio launch walking and cycling routes

Six new walking and cycling routes will be revealed in New Elgin in Moray this year to encourage more people to explore their local area. Using colourful signs to waymark the route, art studio NADFLY have developed this Smarter Choices Smarter Places funded project called 123ROUTES by NADFLY.  The aim is to get more children and adults walking or cycling using creative placemaking techniques. Brightly coloured route signs have been developed, along with school workshops and a Night Walk to illuminate the signs using torches. A video of the event and signs in situ has been created.

12 April 2017


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