Cycle Security

There has been a huge rise in cycling around the UK and many students choose cycling as their preferred method of transport for a variety of reasons.

Unfortunately University Campuses can be hotspots for cycle theft, often targeted due to the vast amount of bicycles in one location.

Utilise the following advice to protect your bike both on and off campus:

  • Purchase a quality D Lock – the vast majority of bikes stolen on campus had been secured with cheap, ineffective cable style locks which can easily be cut off.
  • Gold standard Police approved locks are available from the Police and Partnership Hub (University Centre- next to Spar) and Shackleton reception at a heavily discounted rate of £18.
  • STUDENTS CAN NOW REGISTER THEIR BIKE FOR FREE AND GRAB THEMSELVES A FREE GOLD STANDARD D LOCK WHEN THEY REGISTER! To sign up to this great scheme look for bike register events at: www.facebook.com/uobubsafe 
  • Ensure the D lock is used effectively for optimum security as per the image here (through frame and wheel) often D Locks are placed through the frame only.   how to lock your bike 2
  • Park bicycles in secure, appropriate facilities (not to trees, posts, railings) and in the vicinity of CCTV is possible.  
  • Ensure your bike is insured and register it on bike register, a database that Police use to return recovered bikes to their rightful owners. 

Watch our UB Safe video below on cycling security and the importance of a good quality lock.

Cycling Safely

  • Wear a helmet 
  • Adhere to traffic regulations - traffic lights, road signs, speed limits etc. 
  • Ride in a position where you can see and be seen.
  • Signal clearly at all times.
  • Make sure you have lights on your bike and reflective gear. Sounds simple enough yet we do see cyclists on campus, riding with no lights in the middle of winter. 

Sustrans has lots of useful resources on cycle safety. 

Abandoned bicyles 

  • If you spot a bike on campus that you believe to be abandoned (e.g. it has been there for a long time, flat tyres, rusty, etc.). Please email sustainabletravel@contacts.bham.ac.uk with a description of the bike, its location and a picture.
  • Bikes that are abandoned are tagged, then removed after a defined period of time and donated to charity.
  • We often have second hand bike sales on campus too so keep an eye out for those to pick up a bargain.
  • More information about cycling on campus including bike hire schemes and parking facilities can be found here