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 on and off campus:

  • Purchase a quality D Lock – Gold locks available at the UB Safe Hub for £18 (University Centre)
  • Cable locks are ineffective and can be removed in seconds - avoid these! 
  • The University is currently running a 'Lock it, Mark it' campaign where students can register and property mark their bikes for FREE on the Police National Database (
  • When you register you will also recieve a FREE gold secure D-Lock (RRP £53!)
  • More information about the 'Lock it, Mark it' campaign and information on upcoming marking events can be found on our Lock it, Mark it page.

How to use your D-Lock: 

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  • Park bicycles in secure, appropriate facilities (not to trees, posts, railings) and in the vicinity of CCTV is possible.  

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

Safer Cycling Tips: 

  • 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.
  • Ensure you have lights on your bike and reflective gear. Unfortunately we do see many 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 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