Cycling

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. 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 adult cycle training can be found here. If you would like a bespoke lesson for a specific route (such as home to work), please email transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk .

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

Where can I get a bike?

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. We have also in the process of updating and reviewing our bike shop discount section, so watch this space!

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.

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 purchase 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. For the promo code please email transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk.

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 on the web or using a smart phone app.

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

Use the facilities map to find cycle parking and shower facilities on campus. Please make sure you always use designated cycle parking facilities and don't lock your bike to railings or trees.

Locked cycle sheds are currently for staff use only.

Do you have a suggestion as 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 low cost Gold Secure U lock 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 transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk 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 one email 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 transport-plan@bristol.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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