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National bike week cleared for take off

18/03/2010

Aberdeen Airport and GetAbout have formed a tandem partnership ahead of national bike week which kicks into gear this Saturday (June 19).

The popular event is designed to promote sustainable forms of transport as part of a bigger overall push to encourage healthy living and ease congestion problems.

GetAbout will also stage a special bike event at the airport on Thursday (June 24) with Nestrans Chairman and Councillor Kevin Stewart on hand to mark the official opening of a new cycle shelter at the terminal. The partners have been working closely to help passengers and staff make the most out of the new cycling facility which even boasts solar panel lighting. The newly constructed bike shelter has the capability to store 20 bicycles and 16 motorcycles at the busy hub and it comes in response to demand from employees, travellers and members of the Aberdeen Cycling Forum.

The new move also comes on the back of the recent cycle2work scheme which has seen almost 30 airport employees sign up to the popular initiative with staff encouraged to travel to work on their bikes for the event on Thursday.

Nestrans, the regional transport partnership, has helped fund the bike shelter project as part of their overall GetAbout campaign to encourage people to leave their cars behind and get on their bikes. Donald Kent, GetAbout co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted Aberdeen Airport has come on board ahead of national bike week. We’ve enjoyed a healthy working relationship with them which has already seen us create the new cycle facility which passengers most likely on short haul flights will be able to utilise.

“The airport staff have also benefited from the initiative and we’re pleased to support projects that help to promote sustainable transport methods like national bike week.
“We’re looking forward to the specific bike day which will give us the opportunity to further encourage people to leave their cars at home.”

Stuart Torpey is the airport's environmental compliance manager and worked closely with Nestrans on the introduction of the state-of-the-art shelters.  He said "It is great to see these shelters going in and people using them already. Right from construction they have proved really popular and proves that our passengers and staff are really keen to embrace sustainable travel.  As an airport we are committed to playing our part environmentally and are grateful to Nestrans for their considerable help with this projects which will make a difference to a lot of people."

Airport staff are also taking part in the GetAbout corporate challenge which encourages companies to travel to work by bike and the firm who clocks up the most miles wins a prestigious prize and trophy. GetAbout will also launch a new Aberdeen cycle map at an event at Union Square on Saturday (June 19) morning while the Belmont Cinema is also screening the mountain bike film Follow Me on Monday (June 21) evening as part of national bike week.

For more information on all the initiatives visit www.get-about.com for the latest details.

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