Bike safety

Cycling is a sustainable, cheap and easy way to travel around the University campus and local area. Unfortunately, bike theft is a common problem at universities. 

Follow this advice to keep you and your bike safe.

Use a D lock

A D lock is the most secure bike lock available if you use it correctly. Other locks – cables, chains etc – can be cut easily by thieves.

If you’re a student, you can pick up a free high-quality D lock (worth £53) from the UBSafe Hub. If you’re a member of staff, you can buy one for £15.

To collect your D lock, book an appointment at the UBSafe Hub.

  • Book online at the UB Safe Facebook page
  • Book by phone on 0121 414 2253 (42253 from an internal phone).

How to use your D lock:

Diagram of bike with the D lock passed through the frame and wheel

Always try to pass the D lock through the frame and the wheel when you secure it to a bike rack. If possible, lock up your bike in a secure, purpose-built rack (not to trees, posts, railings) which is covered by CCTV.

Get it property marked

The University’s ‘Lock it, mark it’ scheme means all students can register a bike for free on the Police National Database. Just book an appointment at the UBSafe Hub and bring your bike to be marked.

Alternatively, look out for pop-up events during term time.

Be a safe cyclist

  • Wear a helmet
  • Understand and obey the rules of the road: traffic lights, road signs, pedestrians etc
  • Make sure you can see and be seen
  • Signal clearly
  • During the darker months, always use front (white) and rear (red) lights and wear reflective gear

Read more cycling safety tips from Sustrans

Make the most of cycling on campus

You’ll find a range of services to make cycling easier on and around campus for everyone, from bike hire schemes and cycle routes to salary sacrifice schemes for staff to buy a new bike, and our own campus bike shop.

Read more about cycling on campus

Abandoned bicycles

Sometimes, departing students leave their bikes behind. This can take up valuable space in bike racks. If you think a bike has been abandoned (it never moves, flat tyres, rusty) please email sustainabletravel@contacts.bham.ac.uk with a description of the bike, location and a photo.

Abandoned bikes are tagged then, if unclaimed, removed. They are either donated to charity, or sold on at one of our second-hand bike sales.

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