UL Win at Annual Road Safety Awards for Third Year Running

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From left to right: Seamus Toomey, UL Students’ Union, Ross Higgins, UL Travel and Transport Coordinator, Sean Collins, UL Travel and Transport Coordinator, Kate McMahon, UL Environmental Society, and Mehul Chandani, UL Environmental Society

The University of Limerick has won the Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Award for the third year in a row.

A total of 37 individuals and organisations were honoured for their commitment and dedication to road safety at the ninth annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards which were presented by RSA Chairperson Liz O’Donnell and RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock in Farmleigh House, on Wednesday 14th December 2016. MC for the day was RTÉ News Correspondent Teresa Mannion, with awards presented in categories including media, education, business, emergency services and public sector.

Winner of the ‘Education – Third Level’ Award was the University of Limerick whose Smarter Travel initiative is designed to promote sustainable travel behaviour such as walking, cycling, taking the bus and car sharing among UL staff and students. Smarter Travel is promoted in the University by the Buildings & Estates Department led by two dedicated coordinators, Ross Higgins and Sean Collins. Safety is paramount as a number of measures to promote smarter travel are implemented. Activities include the dissemination of information to 4,500 students who visit the Smarter Travel Stall during Orientation Week; free bike checks, free cycling training classes, and free high-vis and bike lights giveaways. The team collaborates with the Students’ Union, the UL Green-Campus and the UL Environmental Society among others in organising road safety events throughout the year.

Announcing UL as winners, Teresa Mannion explained that “this initiative had a direct impact on the safety of thousands of vulnerable road users and has helped to ensure there’s a continuous daily presence of road safety throughout the UL Campus.”

Interviewed afterwards, Ross Higgins, Travel & Transport Coordinator said “The University is committed to promoting smarter travel to the campus community but safety comes first in all promotions.”

Sean Collins, UL Travel & Transport Coordinator, added that “This award is a wonderful acknowledgement of our team’s continued hard work, and also of the University’s ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of all our staff and students on campus.”

To see a brief video highlighting some of the great work being done on campus click here: https://goo.gl/Q1J0bH

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