Bishop’s University awarded VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE certification

Bishop’s University awarded VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE certification

Bishop’s University announces its VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE Bronze certification awarded by Vélo Québec.  This certification is in line with the actions prescribed by the University’s Sustainable Development Plan and recognizes the efforts of organizations working for the well-being of their community by making cycling a real transportation and leisure option.

“Bishop’s University is remarkably dynamic; its initiatives toward cycling education and promotion are second to none on larger campuses. It is committed to its community, working closely with all members, and adopting astute solutions that complement public transportation. Its vision for the future is promising, and we look forward to seeing its plans come to fruition. According to these actions, we should soon see more cyclists on its campus!” notes Jean-François Rheault, President and CEO of Vélo Québec.

Bishop’s University’s Office of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Transportation Working Group are working closely to develop initiatives that support the development of cycling culture on campus. The judging committee’s analysis includes four key areas: Environment, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation and Planning (the 4Es). The VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement wishes to highlight the following successes in the awarding of this certification:

  • Mobilizes during Sherbrooke cycling events and gets involved with municipal authorities to promote cycling, advocates for the development of the cycling network and requests winter maintenance.
  • Encourages the adoption of cycling by organizing various educational activities on the safe use of bicycles and holding maintenance clinics on campus every semester.
  • Offers, as part of its BoulotBUSolution transit subsidy program, an annual “active transportation” package specifically for those who travel primarily by active means from May to October and by bus during the cold season.
  • Collects a variety of data on the mobility habits of its community through a survey with the Centre for Sustainable Mobility of Sherbrooke.

About the VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement

The VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement encourages communities and organizations to make cycling a real transport and leisure option for all. Through its rigorous certification process, it offers tools and support services to communities and organizations working to promote cycling.

The VÉLOSYMPATHIQUE movement receives financial assistance from the Government of Québec under the Action-Climat Québec program and is in line with the objectives of the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy.

Sonia Patenaude, Manager of Communications | 819-342-2587