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Bane gets a boost for cycle campaign

10 Feb 2011

Dr Michael Bane, who runs The University of Manchester’s Bike User Group, has been presented with a national green award.

Michael Bane and Maynard Case
Michael Bane and Maynard Case

Michael has been named as an ‘Environmental Hero’ under the National Union of Students’ Green Impact programme. Green Impact encourages and celebrates pro-environmental behaviours in universities, and honours sustainability champions.

Michael clinched the award due to his commitment to environmental issues, particularly cycling. He runs the University’s Bike User Group (UMBUG), all in his own time, organises an annual cycling day and coordinates monthly cycle rides which include free breakfasts.

He has successfully applied for several thousand pounds in grants from the City Council to allow the university to run cycle training sessions, bike maintenance sessions and give away lights and locks to members of staff.

Michael said:  “I'm honoured to receive the Award and would like to thank the dedication of all the cyclists, old and new, especially those who have just started!

“UMBUG holds ever popular monthly guided rides along safe routes in to the University and membership has grown steadily over the years. With the support of cyclists and the University's Sustainability Team, UMBUG has encouraged many car drivers to hop out of the driving seat and on to the saddle.”

The NUS awarded him a trophy as well as £100 worth of vouchers for a local bicycle shop.

The award was handed over by Professor Maynard Case, Associate Vice-President for Compliance, Risk and Sustainability at The University of Manchester.  He said: “Michael is a self-sacrificing and enthusiastic member of staff who is totally committed to promoting the benefits of cycling and encouraging staff and students to cycle to the University.

“He is an inspiration to us all in how to embrace more environmentally-friendly behaviour.  I would like to thank Michael for his continued dedication and I’m very pleased that his years of hard work have been recognised nationally. “

UMBUG’s current campaign offers University staff who currently drive the loan of a bike for free.

Notes for editors

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