Cycling to, from and between campuses is one of the most environmentally sustainable methods of transport. It’s also cheaper than public transport, and good for your health.
Safety & Security
Be seen. This may sound obvious, but during the dark winter nights it’s dangerous to wear dark clothing – other road users simply cannot see you. Buy and wear high visibility clothing or, if you don’t want to do that, buy high visibility stickers for your bike and stick them everywhere.
During the summer, daylight lasts longer and your primary concern will be to keep cool. Try fingerless gloves during summer as they will help protect you if you have a fall. Wearing a helmet is not mandatory in the UK.
Good quality cycling clothing is available almost anywhere and there are a number of cycling stores near the University’s campuses. This kit will last, and if you invest in weather-proofed items it will make the riding during the winter months more pleasant. It could increase the number of days you can cycle.
A bicycle can be a big investment and you need to make sure that no-one can steal your treasured possession. As a rule of thumb, the cycling shops recommend that you should spend 10% of the value of the bike on security. This might mean that you buy a good quality “D” lock and even an extension cable (if you have quick release wheels then these are an easy target for thieves). Try and park your bike where there is good street lighting and security cameras.
The West End of London is a bike thief’s paradise, so take precautions and lock up. If a front wheel is stolen it could cost you a fair bit of money; the wheel, plus a new tyre and a new inner tube. This, and the inconvenience of not being able to use the bike until it’s fixed, is strong motivation to be prepared and lock up.
We host Dr. Bike sessions for staff and students throughout the year, bring your bike along to get a free health and safety check. They’ll even fix any minor issues for free!
Take a look at our upcoming events to see when the next Dr. Bike session is!
We have an agreement with Cyclescheme Ltd to run an assisted bike purchase scheme for our staff. The scheme takes advantage of a tax concession offered by the Government and under this agreement, employees who have contracts of employment that outlast the duration of the salary sacrifice (pay back) period can benefit from obtaining a tax-free bike and accessories (eg safety equipment).
You must be over 18 years old and have completed your probationary period to be eligible. You can expect to save between 33-41% off the high street price of a bike, depending on your individual tax status.
You can take some types of bikes onto TFL services, click here to find out more.
Cycle Superhighways aim to provide protected space for cycling on some of London’s busiest roads. They connect stations, town centres and key destinations, making them more accessible and easier for people to cycle to. Click here to find out more.
Free cycle skills training offered, whether your just beginning or a regular cyclist. Take a look at the courses offered here. They include advanced and urban skills sessions which are ideal for navigating around London.
There are Santander Cycle Docking stations near Marylebone, 115 New Cavendish Street and Regent Street Campus. Find all the information you need here.