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Smarter Travel Awards for UL and LIT

Kevin Dunne, Stephen Johnson and Jordan Kelly from the University of Limerick at the National Transport Authority's prize giving event for Limerick entrants to the Student Cycling Challenge hosted by Limerick Smarter Travel. Photo Sean Curtin

Kevin Dunne, Stephen Johnson and Jordan Kelly from the University of Limerick at the National Transport Authority’s prize giving event for Limerick entrants to the Student Cycling Challenge hosted by Limerick Smarter Travel. Photo Sean Curtin

The University of Limerick (UL) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) have swept the boards at the Smarter Travel Awards, picking up five First Prize awards from 14 competition categories.

At a ceremony in the Aisling Hotel, Dublin, on Thursday afternoon students from Ireland’s third level campuses who are partners of the Smarter Travel Campus Programme were honoured for their efforts to promote sustainable travel.

UL was named winner of the Students Union of the Year, Sustainable Travel Champions of the Year, Cycling Campus of the Year and Smarter Travel Campus of the Year categories.

LIT won First Prize in the Media Competition, while UL finished second in the same category.

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr. Kevin Sheahan commented: “Supported by the Limerick Smarter Travel office, these students have shown a tremendous commitment towards promoting a sustainable travel ethos throughout their campuses.”

“I hope their innovative projects and success in the Smarter Travel Awards will encourage other workplaces, commuters and residents in Limerick to also consider alternative methods of transport,” he said.

Anne Graham, Chief Executive Officer at the National Transport Authority said: “A growing number of Irish organisations are engaging in Smarter Travel, working with their staff and students to facilitate travel choice in favour of more sustainable transport, resulting in reduced costs, enhanced employee wellbeing, better access and more effective parking management.”

“Smarter Travel Plans can reduce an organisation’s car use by 18% on average. The promotion and facilitation of cycling in particular both on campuses and in workplaces made for strong competition, which highlights the growing interest in cycling across Ireland.  The Awards are well placed to act as inspiration and leadership as we recognise organisations that are paving the way for more sustainable travel options,” said Ms. Graham.

The Smarter Travel Awards are hosted by Smarter Travel Workplaces, a public awareness programme working with large employers to implement voluntary workplace travel plans. Visit http://www.smartertravelworkplaces.ie for more.

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About Darren Joyce

Darren is from County Galway and joined The Clare Herald in 2014.

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