Freshers Week 2014 – Green Event Line-Up

Freshers Welcome Facebook HeaderThere’s just a few short days to go until St Andrews will be full of new faces (and some more familiar ones) ready to embark on another year of studying and socialising. If you’re keen on getting involved with any of the “green” societies and groups in St Andrews then read on for the Environment Team’s top picks of environmental events happening across the town over the next week or so…

Friday 5th September

7.30 – 10pm – Bioblitz at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Saturday 6th September

10am – 4pm – Bioblitz at St Andrews Botanic Garden

Monday 8th September

11am – 3pm – Big Green Fair – St Katharine’s Lawn

11am – 12.30pm – St AndRe-Use Giveaway – Arts Lecture Theatre

2 – 3pm – Local Food Shop Walk, hosted by the One World Society – St Katharine’s Lawn

Tuesday 9th September

1 – 4pm – Sow, Grow, & Eat with Transition – Community Garden

Wednesday 10th September

10am – 12pm – Wild Food Walk – Sailing Club (East Sands)

12.30 – 4pm – Gardening Session & Pot Luck Lunch – Albany Park Community Garden

2 – 3pm – Pizza & Beer with BioSoc and WildSoc – Bell Pettigrew Museum

3 – 5pm – Carbon Conversations Taster Session – Old Union Diner

Thursday 11th September

11am – Rockpooling with WildSoc – West Sands

11am – 2pm – Charitable & Volunteering Fair – Venue 1

1pm – Saint Exchange Free Picnic – St Mary’s Quad Lawn

1 – 2.30pm – Veggie Pot Luck Picnic with VegSoc – Students’ Association Garden

6 – 8pm – Green Drinks Social with Transition – Old Union Diner

Friday 12th September

10.30am – Bike Sale – Agnes Blackadder Hall car park

12.30 – 2pm – One Pound Lunch with the One World Society – St John’s Garden

2.30 – 4pm – Edible Campus Tomato Session – St Andrews Botanic Garden

Sunday 14th September

10am – 4pm – Freshers’ Fair – Venue 1

The Environment Team will be getting stuck into the Big Green Fair with our “Green Pledge Mural”, dishing out cycle safety tips at the bike sale, and of course, will be on hand at the Environment table at the Freshers’ Fair to answer any questions. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to St Andrews, and look forward to a green year ahead!

Temporary Park and Cycle – Beat the queues and get fit!

Temporary Park and Cycle
– Guardbridge to St Andrews, Saturday 2nd August to 18th August 2014

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Finance staff piloting the new Park & Cycle scheme

Staff will be aware of the travel delays that will be caused by imminent roadworks at the bridge crossing of the River Eden, Guardbridge. The University understands that the works will be for two weeks from Saturday 2nd August 2014 to Monday 18th August 2014. During this two week period, a temporary park and cycle facility will be established at the University’s Guardbridge site, Monday to Friday of each week. The system will work as follows:

Car Parking

Staff can park their cars in the open, unfenced car park owned by the University, located on Main Street, just past the Mill Clock on the right hand side as you come from Leuchars. The car park is directly adjacent to the National Cycle Path that leads to St Andrews. The cycle path will not be affected by the roadworks as it crosses the River Eden using the old road bridge and the Old St Andrews Road. The cycle journey takes between 20 and 30 minutes – ish! The attached plan shows the location of the car park, the cycle route and the cycle parking.

Staff can of course take their bikes home with them if their cars are equipped for easy transport of bikes.

Cycle Parking

Staff can make use of two cycle racks that have been provided in the ‘lean-to’ covered shed which is located through the main entrance of the main Guardbridge site just beyond the site office portakabin. For operational reasons, cycle parking will be strictly available between 8am and 6pm during the two weeks of the road works. Before and after these times, the main site gates are closed. So staff will only be able to retrieve and deposit bikes between 8am and 6pm sharp. Cycles should be securely locked by their owner.

MapGuardbridge – Park & Cycle Map

 

Disclaimer

CCTV cameras are in operation but as always, cycles must be securely locked and the University cannot be held responsible for any theft of or damage to cycles, equipment or vehicles located in the shed or in the car park.

 Queries:

Contact Roddy Yarr, Environment and Energy Manager, x3995; try@

Still Searching for a Bicycle? Post-Bikesale Information & Resources

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Thanks to all those who came along last Friday for our annual Freshers Bike Sale hosted by the charity Bikeworks, the University Environment Team, and volunteers from the Bike Pool team! I hope we were able to help everyone with something – if not a new bike, perhaps a tuneup for your old bike, some safety advice, or a new set of lights or lock.

Bikeworks brought close to 50 refurbished bicycles for sale last Friday - each has a happy new owner!

Bikeworks brought close to 50 refurbished bicycles for sale last Friday – each has a happy new owner!

To those who are still looking to purchase an affordable bicycle for getting around town, I’ve compiled some links that hopefully will be of some help:

  • Bikeworks: http://www.fifebikeworks.org.uk/index.asp?MainID=12340 call to arrange a visit to purchase a bike directly from their workshop in Glenrothes
  • Skillshare Dundee:http://www.skillsharedundee.org/ call to ask for availability and/or bike maintenance sessions in Dundee
  • The Bike Station: http://www.thebikestation.org.uk/edinburgh/ call to check next date of bike sales at their workshop in Edinburgh
  • Please note that while the above 3 options are not located in St Andrews, it is possible to transport a bike back to St Andrews on the train (I myself purchased a bike from Bike Station in Edinburgh and took it back on the train in fact).
  • As always, there are also new bikes available for purchase at Argos and Spokes in town.
  • And finally, a great place to look for one-off sales is through the St Andrews Flea Market Facebook page  and website http://yourfleamarket.net/.
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The Bike Pool team helping students with basic repairs

Although Bikeworks is not scheduled to host another bike sale in St Andrews anytime in the near future, stay tuned to the Environment Team’s Facebook page, as well as the Bike Pool team’s Facebook for any upcoming cycling events, workshops, or one-off sales.

Happy cycling!

– Environment Team (environment@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Cycletricity 2013

Cycletricity 2013

We had initially planned for Cycletricity to fit in with the St Andrews Green Week in March but had to postpone the event due to snow! However, the sports clubs came back after the Easter break rejuvenated, ready to pedal and the snow had long gone.

After some testing of the  4 bikes and generating equipment by the Saints Sport Team, 15 sports clubs then battled it out to see who could generate the most power (in watt hours). They each had 20 minutes to cycle as hard as possible to turn the generator and create electricity. The electricity they created was then used to charge the University’s electric vehicle, the Wee Green Machine (seen in the back left of the photo below)! The idea of the whole event was to raise awareness of clean, renewable energy and the projects and opportunities for this in St Andrews. Church Square provided the perfect location for this and we had lots of interest from passers-by who were not deterred by the roar of the bikes.

As the day progressed various tactics emerged, some clubs brought enough people to switch cyclists every 2 minutes (or so it seemed) whereas others opted for the ‘slow and steady wins the race’ approach with just one person on each bike for the whole 20 minutes. Overall winners were Men’s Rugby who were extremely competitive and showed up with about 20 people, beating Triathlon into 2nd place by a huge margin! Everyone who took part did a fantastically well but there are a few special mentions… First to Volleyball who generously allowed a small boy watching to have a go on one of their bikes thus forfeiting some power but getting top ‘community engagement’ points. Also to Boat club who only had 2 people for the entire 20 minutes but still managed to finish in the top half, huge commitment in their lycra rowing gear too! Finally, Cycling had 1 person for each bike for the duration but demonstrated their thigh power by finishing high on the leader board, just after the big teams.

Results Table

Position Club Total watt hours generated No. of people
1 Men’s Rugby 95.2 20
2 Triathlon 63.1 8
3 Men’s Football 61 12
4 Cycling 53.1 4
5 Canoe 43.2 6
6 Boat 34.3 2
7 Swimming 27.5 5
8 Athletics and XC 22.5 4
9 Hockey 16.8 9
10 Women’s Shinty 16.2 8
11 Tennis 11.7 3
12 Women’s Lacrosse 10.4 6
13 Lifesaving 9.9 4
14 Women’s Football 8.5 4
15 Volleyball 6.1 4

Check out https://www.facebook.com/EnvironmentStA for more photos.

Huge thanks to all the clubs who took part, we hope you enjoyed it!

Also thanks go to the University Physics Dept. for building the generating equipment and bike stands, to Transition University of St Andrews for their support and to Emily Griffiths, AU President, without them this event would not have happened.

Looking forward to next year!

Sarah Duley, Environment Team, Estates (environment@st-andrews.ac.uk)

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Cycling Club