Monthly Archives: April 2015

Give Your Car a Rest Day 19/06/15

Give Your Car a Rest Day 19/06/15

The University has developed its first ever ‘Give Your Car a Rest Day’ on Friday 19th June aimed at those staff that usually commute by car. The University will host thousands of visitors on 19th June for the open day and staff car drivers are being encouraged, where feasible, to make a change to their usual habits and leave their car at home. This is a great excuse to give cycling a go.

The event will be promoted on Tuesday 12th May (11am to 3pm) in the ground floor foyer of University Place. Staff will be able to find out more about the travel options available and register for a Personalised Travel Plan. Of course, UMBUG will be there too to promote cycling.

For the 60% of staff who already travel sustainably on a regular basis, including cyclists, there will be a special prize draw supported by the Environmental Sustainability Team and Student Recruitment. There are x4 £50 vouchers up for grabs on 12th May (Blackwells, Edinburgh Bicycle Co-op or Sweatshop). To enter, send a photo of yourself on your sustainable commute to Twitter or Facebook using #restcarUoM on 12th May by 1pm or visit the Environmental Sustainability stall on 12th May (by 1pm) with evidence that you travelled in sustainably (eg. with your bike helmet or photo).

So please think about cycling to work on Friday 19th June, and encouraging your colleagues to do the same, and visit University Place on Tuesday 12th May for help and support.

TfGM casting call for TV ad

Would you like to get involved in helping TfGM promote cycling in Greater Manchester? Transport for Greater Manchester are holding a casting call for cyclists to appear in their new cycling campaign launching in June.

TfGM are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds, who are comfortable in front of the camera to have their picture taken and be filmed cycling for a new TV ad. No modelling or acting experience is required, all you need is your own bike. All participants will be paid £150 + expenses. TfGM will be meeting with anyone interested between 20-24th April and the photo shoot and filming will be between 27th April and 1st May.

If you’d like to get involved all you need to do is send a picture of yourself posing with your bike to or call Mark on 0114 221 0378 for more information.