College launches green travel plan

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A smoothie bike, BMX stunt show and a walk doctor were all in action at Langley College on Thursday (14th November) to educate students and staff on the benefits of changing to more eco-friendly forms of travel as part of a special Sustainable Travel Event.

Demonstrating East Berkshire College's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, the Sustainable Travel Event highlighted ways students could save money and keep fit by cycling or walking to college and even car sharing.

As well as receiving some fantastic discounts at local bike shops, the students were able to take part in an eco-driving challenge or use their peddle power to whizz-up a healthy fruit drink on the 'Smoothie Bike.' There was even a Walk Doctor (aka Chris Rushbrook from charity Living Streets) on hand to provide prescriptions on how to incorporate more walking into their daily routines.

To encourage more people to swap their four wheels for two, charity Sustrans provided safety and security tips for budding cyclist and a bike doctor talked to students about how to ensure their bikes remain roadworthy. Meanwhile, Stows Cycle Shop showcased the latest range of bikes and accessories on the market. Jay Sengun from Stows Cycles, which has shops in Slough and Windsor, also entertained the crowds with some impressive BMX stunts outside the new look Langley College.

Ramandeep Gogna, Travel Plan Co-ordinator at East Berkshire College, explains: "As a College, we are dedicated to promoting healthy, eco-friendly modes of transport and this latest travel event was a fun way to get the message across. We have already launched a number of travel initiatives including a car sharing programme, walking challenge and a student bus pass scheme. In the future, we also plan to introduce enhanced cycle facilities, public transport information screens and priority car sharing bays at our Langley College."

IT student Ali Asimi (19, from Slough) was one of the first to try out the driving simulator to learn how to drive more fuel efficiently:

"I really enjoyed the event and I think supporting green travel is important. I try to walk to college whenever I can as it saves money and it is good exercise."

The College's Sustainable Transport Event was held in association with Slough Borough Council and Slough's Local Sustainable Transport Project, which aims to reduce traffic congestion in the town and increase economic growth. The project includes the promotion of sustainable travel measures, improved cycle and walking routes as well as cycle training.

Laura Wells from Slough Borough Council, who attended the event, adds: "It's great to come to this event and speak to college staff and students about travelling here sustainably. There are so many initiatives on offer at the college, from cycle training to car sharing, and we are here to support staff and students in their travel choices. If everyone could reconsider their journey where possible and travel by bike, walking, public transport or car share, there will be less congestion on the roads, less pollution, and health and money-saving benefits for individuals too. Slough is relatively flat and compact and so is an ideal place to travel by bike or on foot."

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