On Monday 30th November 2015, the Students’ Union hosted ‘The Big Bike Day’, a day totally dedicated to bike care, safety and maintenance.
The day was hosted by Students’ Union President Lewys Aron and saw crowds of students’ registering the bikes with South Wales Police, grabbing lots of free bike goodies and learning about bike safety. In partnership with Jayne Cornelius the Universities Travel Planning Co-ordinator, Lewys Aron gathered members of Neath Port Talbot Council, South Wales Police and local bike shop Tredz to organise the day. Together they were able to offer students free bike gear varying from D-Locks and florescent bag covers to bike care kits and bike lights.
The event was organised in response to a recent rise in bike thefts on University campuses and claims of a ‘lack of safety’ on the campus to campus cycle path. The aim was to outline to students that cheap locks are not good enough and to ensure that students have all the equipment to stay safe when cycling. Following the event Lewys had to say: ‘It’s great to see such a big turnout for this event and that we were able to provide students all the biking needs considering rising costs.
With University and Union supporting sustainable travel methods include including the Bay Campus cycle path it is really important that students have access to these supplies. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time organising this event and it’s great to see that students’ find it valuable.’ The Students Union will be hosting a similar event on the Bay Campus in the new year.