Businesses, schools and colleges across the West Midlands have been formally recognised as being among the region's most bicycle and walking friendly locations.
Top Cycling and Walking Location status has been awarded to employers and education establishments in recognition of their dedication to making it easier for staff or students to travel by foot or on two wheels.
The award scheme, a partnership between public transport co-ordinator Centro, bike experts BikeRight!, the Health Exchange and Birmingham City Council, has seen 30 venues handed the awards.
Among the latest winners unveiled this week were high profile local employers like Severn Trent Water, Jaguar Land Rover, Warwick University, Sandwell Council and Birmingham University.
The awards were presented at an event held at Birmingham's Old Library in Digbeth after each organisation took part in Centro's Smart Network, Smarter Choices project or Birmingham City Council's Cycle Revolution scheme.
Cllr Judith Rowley, Centro's lead member for fair, accessible and sustainable transport, said: “Over the last two years we have worked closely with a lot of schools, colleges and businesses to try and make it easier for people to travel there on foot or by bike.
“Those that are receiving awards here today are the venues that have really gone the extra mile in making sure their sites are cycling and walking friendly for staff or students.”
Each business or education site was handed gold, silver or bronze status based on how easy it is to cycle or walk to and from the venue.
All took part in detailed travel planning to help advise them on the transport options available for them including walking and cycling with most taking measures to further improve their facilities.
Actions taken include the creation of new footpaths and the installation of new cycle storage facilities, showers and lockers.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for a green, smart and sustainable City, said: “Cycling and walking are important modes of sustainable travel, so it is hugely encouraging that so many businesses and other organisations are looking at how they can embrace these modes of transport.
“I hope that by setting such a high standard, they act as an inspiration to others to get involved and develop their own plans and initiatives.”
The three-year Smart Network, Smarter Choices project is a £50 million scheme being delivered by Centro in partnership with the region's seven local authorities, which aims to cut carbon and connect residents to jobs.
Birmingham City Council's Cycle Revolution aims to boost the number of cyclists in the city by providing improved infrastructure and facilities to make it easier for residents to travel by pedal power.
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