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 traffic free 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.

A map showing the routes is available here: LU cycling map.

For other cycle routes in Lancaster and Morecambe a map showing a wider area can be downloaded here.

Eastern Route via Bowerham

The southerly half of this route through Hala to the University uses a mixture of traffic-free cycle paths and quiet roads. It enters the campus at the northern end, close to Bailrigg House. There are a number of options for the northern section depending on where in Lancaster you are travelling from and whether you are confident cycling in traffic or prefer a less direct quieter route.

Western Route along the Lancaster Canal Towpath

This route runs offers a lovely scenic ride along the canal towpath.  It is less direct but avoids the hills in south Lancaster.  From the city follow the l 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 joins 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.

Cycle Facilities

Bicycle Parking Policy

The University has over 1000 dedicated bicycle parking spaces, across more than 50 locations on campus.

Locations are shown on page two of the University cycling map .

Most cycle shelters are open access.  Secure shelters are generally managed by the department or college in which they are located.

Our Bicycle Parking Policy covers acceptable and unacceptable parking of bicycles on campus. It also covers procedures for the identification and removal of redundant bicycles. 

Thursday Market 

The following cycling services are available at the weekly term-time market on Thursdays, 10:00-15:00, in Alexandra Square:

  • Sales of reconditioned used bicycles at low prices
  • Sales of cycling accessories such as lights, helmets and pumps
  • Free Dr. Bike safety check and adjustments
  • Bike repair work at discounted prices

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

Shower facilities are available in over 20 locations on campus from LICA in the north to Infolab in the south.  The room numbers are shown on page 2 of the LU cycling map .‌ 

Please report any problems with showers to facilities helpdesk


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 18 of the Car Parking Policy 2018/19‌.

Business Bicycle Mileage Claims

Information List

We maintain an email list for occasional announcements of interest to people who cycle to the University.

If you have a university email address you can join here.

Alternatively please email Darren Wilkinson with a quick note explaining your connection to the university to be added manually

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