Canal steps/ramp development
Works to install a new staircase, ramp and towpath widening will commence April/May this year and is expected to take approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Exact dates will be posted here once confirmed. There will be no pedestrian/cyclist access whilst this work is undertaken.
Cycle parking facilities
There is an ongoing programme to increase and improve the range of cycle parking and shower facilities available on campus including installing covered shelters, for example near to the the North Car Park.
We have 21 bike lockers around campus available to hire at £4 per calendar month. If you are interested in hiring a locker please e-mail Lorraine Donaghey who will advise re availability.
Secure cycle parking is also available within a compound by the front entrance of the Munrow Sports Centre, access is via a pin protected gate. To register to use this facility please visit the Munrow Sports Centre reception and present your ID card.
The Munrow Sports Centre also provides FREE use of its shower and changing facilities.
Bicycles not secured in designated cycle parking facilities or left attached to railings, steps or other fixed objects that may cause danger to others WILL be removed by security. The University of Birmingham WILL NOT accept responsibility for any damage caused to bike lock(s) or pedal cycles due to the negligence of the cycle owner.
Lock it, don't lose it!
The University takes crime prevention seriously and we work with the West Midlands Police to keep crime levels on campus as low as possible. West Midlands Police are working with the University to reduce bike theft, see how quickly and easily this can happen! The University Police Liaison Room is located next to Spar in the University Centre and is open every Wednesday between 12-3pm
Individuals however are solely responsible for the security of their property. The University cannot accept any responsibility for the loss of or damage to bicycles, including accessories and locks. Cyclists bring cycles on to campus at their own risk and should be aware that whilst crime is generally low at the campus, opportunist thieves do operate in the area. Crime prevention advice is available from the Campus Police Liaison Officer who can be contacted through the Security Office.
D-locks are available to purchase from the Security Reception, Aston Webb (£17 staff and students) - you will need your University ID card.
FREE Dr. Bike Service Check
Urban Cycles are currently on campus providing free bike maintenance checks to staff and students. They also sell accessories and secondhand bikes subject to availability. They can currently be found in Staff House Square Monday to Friday 8am, to 6pm.
FREE Bike Maintenance Classes
We provide free maintenance classes for staff and students. The classes cater for everyone and cover the basics of day-to-day maintenance with a focus on hands-on practice. You need a bike to work on and clothes you don't mind getting a bit oily, but tools will be provided.
Classes will be held on the following dates, all sessions 17:15 - 19:30
Tues 21st April - Safety Checks
Tues 28th April - Punctures
Ttes 5th May - Brakes
Tues 12th May - Gears
The classes will be run by BikeRight on campus (B3 Sores, LRAT, Aston Webb building) and you can book directly with them here.
If those dates and times aren't convenient, you can book on to any of Bikeright's public courses, at venues around the West Midlands www.bikeright.co.uk/westmidlands
FREE Cycling Lessons
We provide free cycling lessons to staff and students. Lessons can be booked for all abilities and start from Chancellors Court at 5.15pm to 7.15pm on the following dates:
Awaiting confirmed dates for 2015.
Bikes are available to borrow. To book a place go to the BikeRight webpages.
Student Bike Hire
Launching during Welcome Week the University will be operating a student bike hire scheme in partnership with Urban Cycles. The bikes will be available to students to hire per term or for the academic year.
The Scheme will be operated by Urban Cycles from their pod in Staff House Square.
If you are interested in hiring a bike please contact the Sustainable Travel Coordinator
Birmingham Cycle Rewards
As part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution the Council has launched a Cycle Rewards Scheme. The Scheme is operated via the 'PleaseCycle' app and allows users to log their cycle journeys to earn rewards.You can cash in your BikeMiles for a range of local and national discounted offers and vouchers. To sign up visit the Birmingham Cycle Revolution pages here.
You can use the app to compete with your friends, other cyclists at the University or further afield or simply to keep a log of your own bike journeys, calories burnt, and the amount of money or C02 you might have saved.
Bicycle Users Group
The University has a very active Bicycle Users Group called BUBUG (Birmingham University Bicycle Users Group). BUBUG was formed in 1996 and since then they have been involved in lots of activities, worked constructively to promote cycling and provide a wide range of extremely helpful and supportive information on cycling.
Salary sacrifice cycle purchase scheme
The University operates a cycle salary sacrifice scheme that provides staff with a substantial discount on the cost of a new bike. Further information is also available on:
Birmingham Cycling and Walking Map
You can request a FREE Cycling and Walking map
of the Birmingham area from Birmingham City Council. Alternatively please contact the Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator for a copy.
Local Skyride events
There are many free rides organised by Skyride within 20 miles of the Birmingham area.
Business travel allowance
You may also be eligible to claim expenses for business travel by bicycle.