Birmingham University has entered a partnership with Cyclescheme to provide cycles to staff at a reduced price. You can save up to 35% on the cost of a bike as well as the associated safety and maintenance equipment. Note that the University cannot reclaim VAT on the cost of your purchase; the savings you make are because the cost is taken from your salary before tax is calculated.
The scheme was launched on 4th December 2006. By April 2015 over 893 bike purchase applications have been processed through the scheme. Full information is available in the Birmingham University's 'Your Benefit Choices' booklet and on the HR pay and benefits page. The scheme is currently OPEN-ENDED so you will be able to buy a bicycle throughout the year.
The scheme is being run in conjunction with Cyclescheme.
To locate local (or not so local!) cycle shops where you can purchase your cycle, enter your postcode on the Cyclescheme "where can I get a bike?" page.
Further information on the scheme in general is available on the Cyclescheme pages and from these articles. Other University and College cycle purchase schemes that we know about are listed here.
If you need cycle training to get started or to get back in the saddle - check out the options on our cycle trainers web page.
Remember to buy cycle lights and tools (e.g. pump, inner tubes, tyre levers, spanners, alum keys, lubricants etc) as part of your cycle purchase package. Sold Secure Gold standard D-locks are available from Security in the Aston Webb building for £17.
Thanks to Sally Ells and Vicky Pendleton (Personnel) and to Tim Furey (Assistant Director of Finance) for bringing the scheme to a successful launch.