Commuting by bicycle to Lancaster University is very popular, for both students and staff. About 14% of staff and 7% of off-campus students cycle to the campus as their main mode of travel. These figures are well above average. Why do so many staff, students and local visitors cycle to the University?

  • There are two signed cycle routes between campus and the city centre. Both of these have off-road sections.
  • Cycle storage facilities across the campus.
  • Many staff and students live within ideal cycling distance of the University.
  • Lancaster was a Cycling Demonstration Town from 2006-2011. This created many improvements for cyclists.
  • The University has a restrictive car parking policy for students.

University Cycle Routes

There are two signed cycle routes between the University and Lancaster city centre, both with large sections on traffic-free cycle paths.

Eastern Route via Bowerham

The southerly section of this route uses a mixture of traffic-free cycle paths and quiet roads. It enters the campus at the northern end, close to Bailrigg House. The northerly section of the route through Bowerham is more hilly and moderately trafficked. It is a very popular and well-used commuter route by both staff and students.

Western Route along the Lancaster Canal Towpath

This route runs along the canal towpath - great for students living at Chancellors' Wharf or west of the city centre. This less-direct route offers a lovely scenic ride along the canal towpath as far as Deep Cutting Bridge on Ashton Road. The route then proceeds along Ashton Road and up Ashford Road to cross the A6 at The Boot & Shoe pub/Booths and join the remainder of the eastern cycle route from Hala to the University.

Please note that the canal towpath is unlit and should not be used when dark.

For more information on the Lancaster Canal, check out the Canal & River Trust webpage.

To see cycle routes around the Lancaster & Morecambe district please ‌. 

Cycle Facilities

Bicycle Parking Policy

This policy covers acceptable and unacceptable parking of bicycles on campus. It also covers procedures for the identification and removal of redundant bicycles. 

Bike Workshop

There is a Bike Workshop on Bowland Avenue East outside the bin store by Bowland Main. Staff cyclists can obtain a key for the workshop at Security Reception at any time and access bike tools and maintenance information in the workshop. There is also a staff bike repair buddy scheme. This involves volunteer staff who can conduct minor bike repairs for staff free of charge. Their contact details are on the noticeboard in the Bike Workshop.

Shower Facilities

Cycling Information for Staff

Staff can save up to 41% on the purchase of a new bicycle and cycling accessories via monthly salary deduction. For more information see the Flexible Benefits webpage run by Human Resources.

Free Staff Parking Scratchcards for Staff Cycle Commuters

15 free Staff Scratchcards (pro-rata for part-time staff) are available to staff that choose not to purchase a car parking permit or subsidised bus pass. A member of staff cannot claim the 15 free scratchcards and purchase a car parking permit or a subsidised bus pass in the same permit year. Full information is available in Section 17 of the ‌Car Parking Policy 2017/18 document.

Business Bicycle Mileage Claims

Information List

To subscribe to the University's information list for cyclists please send an e-mail to with "subscribe cyclists" in the body of the e-mail. You should leave the subject field blank.

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