Travelling by bike

How can I become a confident cyclist?

Free cycle training is available to all University staff and students. Training is provided by a fully qualified National Standard Cycle Instructor within Life Cycle UK. Whether it is getting on a bike for the first time or tackling particularly tricky sections of a journey, the training is tailor made to your needs and suitable for all levels of cyclist. More information on one to one adult cycle training can be found on the Life Cycle UK website. If you would like a one to one bespoke lesson for a specific route (such as home to work), please email .

Bike BUDi scheme

Would you like someone to keep you company on your ride? Learn from a more experienced cyclist? If you would you like to lead by example? Join the University’s Bike BUDi scheme.

Where can I get a bike?

Try before you buy

Would you like to try before you buy? You can either borrow a bike from Travelwest or hire a bike. You can hire a Brompton Bike from the Brompton Dock at Bristol Temple Meads at a reduced rate as a University staff or student. All students and staff can buy an annual membership for £10.00 - reduced from £45 - and daily hire for £2.50.  You will not only benefit from the dock at Bristol Temple Meads station but also the other 22 docks in the UK. To take advantage of this offer please register with your University of Bristol email address. If you have any queries or issues please email

Ready to buy?

Bristol has many quality bike shops, where you can buy your bike. They also sell all the cycle accessories you will need. Essential accessories include a helmet, a bell, cycle lights, reflective jacket or tabard, and a bike lock (D lock is recommended). It’s against the law not to use a light when it’s dark!

If you need to save money and would like to buy a second hand bike then there are charities and bike stores who stock these. See our make cycling affordable page for discounted bike accessories, eg locks and lights and shops where you can get a discount.

Staff are also able to get financial assistance if they cycle for work purposes as well as help towards the purchase of a new bike through the tax benefit cycle scheme.

How do I find my way around by bike?

Bristol is a great city to cycle in. Bristol was the first Cycling City in the UK and has benefited from significant investment in cycling infrastructure. Plan your journey using our cycle routes or use a smart phone app.

Where can I park my bike? Where can I find a shower?

Cycle parking hoops (or double stacker) are in front of the majoirty of buildings. A list of cycle parking on the Main Campus (Precinct) is available, Cycle Parking Available on the Main Campus (Precinct) (PDF, 33kB). A shorter list of locked facilities here - Locked Cycle Parking Available on Main Campus (Precinct) (PDF, 19kB). Lists for showers (all sites), sateillite sites and Halls will be added in due course, in the meantime, please contact your Facilities Manager for your building to find your nearest locked cycle parking (staff only) and shower facilities on campus. 

Locked cycle sheds are currently for staff use only with the exception of The Richmond Building locked facility.   

Please make sure you always use designated cycle parking facilities and don't lock your bike to railings or trees. The University has a rolling cycle parking installation progarmme for all types of cycle parking (short stay hoops, sheltered and locked).

Do you have a suggestion where new cycle parking could be installed? Let us know your suggestions and we will let you know if it is possible to install cycle parking in your suggested location.

How can I be safe while cycling?

Be visible! If it’s dark use a light. You can buy your lights at one of Bristol’s many cycle shops or buy a low cost high quality LED cycle light at one of the University's cycle lock and light sales. Keep safe and obey the law, follow the Highway Code. For example, don’t cycle the wrong way down one way streets.

How can I keep my bike safe?

Get a decent D Lock bike lock from a cycle shop or buy a U lock (great student discounts available) at one of the University's  cycle lock and light sales.

Please note: The University's cycle lock and light sales are held once a month during term time, out of term time please email to arrange to buy your lock or set of lights out of term time.

Park your bike either in a locked cycle facility or in an area with good natural surveillance, i.e. where your bike is likely to be seen by people regularly throughout the day.

Find out more about how to keep your bike secure.

How can I keep my bike in good condition?

Take advantage of the regular Cycle Clinic sessions (free bike tune up) held by the University every two weeks. Advice on fixing and maintaining your bike is available on our bicycle maintenance page.

How can I claim cycle mileage for cycling to University business engagements?

Staff who cycle their own bicycle in the course of their work can claim a cycle mileage rate of 20p per mile.

How can I become part of the University’s Bicycle User Group (TUB-BUG)?

Keep up to date with cycling events and initiatives which will benefit you as a cyclist and join the University Bike User Group (TUB-BUG) information mailing list. You will be kept informed of issues that may affect you as a cyclist such as road works.  You will be able to inform the University’s cycle strategies and policies.

You can also join the group's discussion mailing list which will enable you to share your passion for cycling with other cyclists, highlight external cycling races /events and debate the wide range of matters important to the cyclist community.

Membership to both lists is open to all students and staff. You will receive on average two emails a month and can unsubscribe at any time.

I would like to recycle my bike, how do I do that?

Bike Project and Lifecycle accept bicycles in reasonable condition.


If you have any queries or feedback relating to cycling at the University please email

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