The University of Birmingham has announced that their crowdfunding campaign to create a bike scheme on the main Edgbaston Campus has moved one step closer, following investment from Associated Architects. The announcement suggests that a bike scheme on the campus is getting closer. Similar schemes currently run at many other University’s, and given the size of the Edgbaston campus and surrounding areas, it would prove popular with student’s.
The University opted to launch a crowdfunding campaign to try and raise money for a new bike scheme. This is in association with Santander, who are running a national competition which will culminate with two University’s being provided with the bike scheme. Birmingham is competing with a range of other institutions for the scheme, with Newcastle University, Swansea University and Brunel University London just some of the competition to overcome!
The potential new bike scheme comes as part of a wider overhaul of the University grounds, which included the new library and the Green Heart landscape project. The plan, if successful, is to establish eight bike stations across the Edgbaston campus. This move would improve transport around the campus, ease convenience, and lower the emissions of the University. Understandably, there is much to be excited about for the University and its students.
The £5,000 pledge came from Associated Architechts, who will work with Birmingham Uni on a ‘variety of projects’, the University stated. The University is still some way short of the £47,000 that is needed however. To make a contribution, or to check the progress of the campaign, follow this link. Santander will award the winners £100,000 to implement the scheme. This is part of Santander’s continued contributions to the education sector – they currently partner with over 1,000 institutions worldwide.