Bicycle

Cycling is an excellent way to keep fit, avoid traffic jams and reduce air pollution. Whether you live nearby or far away, we have a variety of resources to help you incorporate more cycling into your day.

Contents

  1. Commute
  2. Planning your route
  3. Parking and security
  4. Bike purchase and maintenance
  5. Cycling support

 

Commute

Cycling Sign up for a pool bike to travel between University sites

Train + cycling

  • There is an excellent new cycle hub facility at the station for those wishing to combine cycle and train travel.  See the Smartgo website for further information.

Driving + cycling

Planning your route

There are a range of routes you can take by bike, which include cycle-only lanes:

Parking and security

At the University and throughout the city there are numerous ways to keep your bike safe:

Bike purchase and maintenance

BMX stunt

Cycling support

Why Cycle for Students


Health Benefits:

Gentle cycling will burn up about 300 - 600 calories an hour – but more strenuous cycling could burn off up to 1300 calories an hour.

Cycling for 8 mins (approx 1 mile) burns over 50 calories (equivalent to one Celebrations chocolate).

Getting on your bike can yield much the same health benefits as doing a specific training programme. Cycling for an additional 30 minutes on most days of the week, combined with reducing calorie intake, can achieve weight loss comparable to that achieved by doing three aerobic classes a week.

As well as improving physical health, cycling has a positive effect on emotional health – improving levels of well-being, self-confidence and tolerance to stress while reducing tiredness, difficulties with sleep and a range of medical symptoms

Cycle safety:
One of the barriers to taking up cycling is a perception of the physical danger posed by motor traffic. However, the real risks are minimal and, research suggests, are outweighed by the health benefits by a factor of around 20:1.

It may be more risky to your health to be sedentary. The number of cyclists killed annually in GB road accidents has been in decline since the 1930s. The percentage of all road deaths that were cyclists has remained fairly constant at around 4% since the 1960s.

All estimates show that risk in cycling is in the same class as walking and driving (that is, very low) but for motorcyclists the risk is more than fifteen times greater

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