Cycling

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 for a 6 month period free of charge. If you are interested in hiring a locker please contact the Sustainable Travel Coordinator.

North-Car-Park-bike-shelterSecure 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 Police provide free bike security tagging and sell D-locks at a heavily subsidised rate (£15 staff & students). They also sell lights and hi-vis jackets. The University Police Liaison Room is located next to Spar in the University Centre and is open every Wednesday between 12-3pm

PoliceIndividuals 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.

**NEW** D-locks are also now available to purchase from the Security Reception, Aston Webb (£15 staff and students) - you will need your University ID card.

Lights and h-vis jackets are also now available to purchase from Security Reception, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

FREE Dr. Bike Service Check

drbike 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 every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

**Please note Urban Cycles will not be on campus between the 21st and 25th April.    

Free 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.

The classes will be held every Thursday evening in March 5.15pm to 7.15pm in the B3 stores (next to the LRAT department, Aston Webb Building.

There will also be a full day course available on Monday 31st March for those who cannot make the evening sessions.

The classes will be run by BikeRight and you can book directly with them here.

FREE Cycling Lessons

Resuming in May we are providing free cycling lessons for staff and students. The classes will cover beginner and improver levels and loan bikes are available on request.

The classes will be held every Thursday in May 5pm to 7.15pm from Chancellors Court, outside the Aston Webb main reception.

 

The classes will be run by BikeRight and you can book directly here.

 

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.

Green Bike Project

Now open on campus is the Green Bike Project; a student-led bicycle maintenance workshop providing bicycle maintenance and the sale of second hand bike to staff and students. The workshop enables you to learn how to maintain your bikes and provides the tools for members to use to do this.

The workshop is located between the Learning Centre and Biosciences on campus and is currently open at the following times:

  • Wednesdays 11am - 3pm
  • Thursdays 1pm - 7pm
  • Fridays 1pm - 6pm

The Green Bike Project also holds night rides every Monday evening, leaving the workshop at 9pm.

For more information visit the events page.

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:

BCC-Cycling-and-Walking-MapBirmingham 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.

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