Wheels in motion at Perth Community Fire Station for national cycling award

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Supporting people to cycle more has earned Perth Community Fire Station a nationally recognised award.

Cycling Scotland praised the effort and hard work undertaken by the station before presenting it with the Cycling Friendly Award, which is valid for three years.

This is given to organisations that use cycling to support physical and mental health as well as improve the environment.

Station Commander Michael Rumgay said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has always promoted a healthy and active lifestyle for its employees through various health and wellbeing initiatives. One of these initiatives was the Cycle to Work Scheme, which allows employees to buy a bike which can be used to commute to and from the workplace.

"There is a strong contingent of cyclists at the station, in an amateur and social capacity with groups going out weekly on bike rides around the stunning Perthshire countryside and further afield. We also have personnel at the station who assist on their days off with delivering Bikeability locally. It made sense to us that applying for the award would be a good idea.

"In the future we are hoping to expand our cycling facilities at Perth Community Fire Station to allow for even more bikes to be stored securely whilst our employees are at work. The demand is always increasing and it is fantastic to see so many enjoying their daily commute on their bikes."

The station applied for the award on the Cycling Scotland website and worked through the assessment.

Nathalie Libera, Development Officer with Cycling Scotland, said: "Perth Fire Station is shared by staff from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Perth and Kinross Council Safer Community Wardens. Both organisations registered for the Cycling Friendly Employer award and this is a great example of staff from two workplaces working closely together and making use of each other’s resources to promote cycling.

"The team set up a Bike User Group to create a communication platform to help more people get information on cycling; this was up and running within a month, demonstrating their commitment and earning them Cycling Friendly status in October 2020."

Roddy Ross, Team Leader with Perth & Kinross Council’s Safer Communities Team, added: “Perth and Kinross Council is committed to promoting cycling and other forms of healthy and sustainable travel for our staff and all of our residents.

“Our PKC Safer Communities Team has embraced cycling to work and we hope this encourages others to consider leaving their cars at home for their commutes to work.

“The Wardens have been using the bikes for a few months now and find it gets them closer to people, gives them more mobility and keeps them fit – the electric ones are a great addition and certainly take the challenge out of the likes of Newhouse and Burghmuir Road!"