Statement on the Climate & Ecological Emergency - Pedal Progression

Statement on the Climate & Ecological Emergency

Bath Bike Park:

Our contribution to tackling the climate & ecological emergency

Pedal Progression is committed to play a role in intersectionally addressing the environmental issues we currently face as a society.

We see mountain biking as a powerful driver to progress people and planetary health, through reconnecting diverse communities with our natural environment whilst enhancing physical and mental wellbeing. By regenerating an ex-landfill site into a space for healthy people and planet, we have an opportunity to transform a relic of past wastefulness into a tool realising a better future.

 

 

To achieve this, we are taking a three-tiered approach:

  1. Sustainable Operations

We are aiming to be the first carbon neutral business of our kind in England. A date for this goal is currently being explored, we’re aiming for meaningful decarbonisation and not a rushed approach overly based upon offsetting.  This goal will be realised through a wide range of measures, for example:

  • Energy – sourcing renewable tariffs, hosting on-site photovoltaic cells and energy efficient appliances.
  • Waste – minimising and preventing our waste in line with the waste hierarchy. Including the use of recycled construction materials, on-site information on single use items, drinking water infrastructure and separated recycling collections.
  • Transport – providing incentives for more sustainable travel modes to site, working with the local council on travel plans and installing electric vehicle charging points
  • Offsets – our approach to offsets will be considered, they will not be used as a reason to avoid decarbonising our own activities.

Beyond meaningful carbon neutrality, we are also aiming to achieve B Corporation status. This will certify the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

 

 

  1. Regenerative & Respectful Practice

We are conscious of our need to reduce our immediate impact on-site, operate in a harmonious way with local ecology and improve the local environment in the long term.  To do this we will work with the local council, experts and range of partners.

To mitigate our initial on-site impact, we have employed industry leaders in trail construction partners Architrail/Velosolutions, who are highly experienced working in sensitive areas, including Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  Building on experiences at out current location, we will ensure all relevant regulations are adhered to when it comes to our relationship with the local environment.

In the longer term, we are exploring ways to increase carbon sequestration on site and  habitats for wildlife. Our approach will appropriately balance climate mitigation with biodiversity outcomes. Alongside improving the local environment, we will work with a range of partners to ensure visitors are well informed and act responsible on-site.

 

 

3. Advocate & Collaborate 

We will work inclusively with a range of external partners to bring environmental and social value to a diverse community across a range of themes, for example:

  • Inclusivity and equality – we will find ways to encourage and facilitate increased participation of currently poorly represented groups in mountain biking such as women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic peoples.
  • Mental health – we will work to increase the provision of mountain biking to those who’s mental health needs it most
  • Environmental stewardship – we will integrate environmental stewardship principles into our teaching and work with partners to develop further activities to empower and educate young people.
  • Community space – through our facilities we will provide a platform for partners and local communities to amplify their message. We will also host events in line with our environment and social values.

 

 

Our plans are a work in progress, as we bring new partners and new ideas on board, we will develop more concrete pathways to realise our ambitions. We plan to communicate this through a strategy after the summer.

If you have any questions, please contact Stan our Head Of  Sustainability (stan@pedalprogression.com).