Student Bike to College Scheme
The Healthy Trinity: Smarter Travel Committee would like to see a Student Bike to College Scheme introduced by the government. The Bike to Work scheme available to staff has been very successful at changing perceptions of cycling and improving accessibility to bikes and cycling. We believe an equivalent for students could reap similar benefits.
In advocating for a student bike to college scheme, our Committee has taken the following actions:
- Suggested a student bike to college scheme to government when speaking at the Citizen's Assembly on Climate Change.
- Asked for a student bike to college scheme in Trinity's submission to Dublin City Council on transport policy to support social distancing as Dublin reopens after COVID-19 restrictions.
- Submitted this unsuccessful funding application for a student bike to college pilot. The funding application was co-made by the Healthy Trinity:Smarter Travel Committe, TCD SU and Trinity GSU. The design of the scheme was student led, and may be a useful template to government for how a scheme could be run.
- Asked for a student bike to college scheme in Trinity's submission to the National Transport Authority on the Draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area 2022-2042.
At time of writing, the government is offering grants for purchasing e-cars. Trinity has 1% car use. These grants therefore, are irrelevant to our students and the vast majority of our staff, at least when commuting to Trinity. The Healthy Trinity: Smarter Travel Committee feels a fairer and more cost-effective measure would be to offer a student bike to college scheme.