Commuting by bicycle to Lancaster University is very popular, for both students and staff. About 14% of staff and 9% of off-campus students cycle to the campus as their main mode of travel.
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The right way to travel
Lancaster has two signed Cycling Routes between campus and the city centre, both with traffic-free sections and some of the best scenery that Lancashire has to offer. Lancaster was a Cycling Demonstration Town between 2006 and 2011 and has benefitted from major improvements for cyclists.
The journey takes just 20 minutes from the city centre and large proportions of staff and students live within ideal cycling distance.
Free parking in over 60 locations
The University has over 1100 dedicated bicycle parking spaces, across more than 60 locations on campus. Most cycle shelters are open access. Secure shelters are generally managed by the department or college in which they are located. View campus cycle parking locations on the LU cycling map.
Keeping you on the track
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.
Bike Maintenance on Thursday Market Days
A full range of bicycle maintenance and repair services are available on market days every term-time Thursday in Alexandra Square. Cycle accessories such as locks, lights, helmets, pumps and gloves are also for sale. Everyone who opts for a mini service can receive a free bottle of cycle oil, a free puncture repair kit or a free high-visibility vest (subject to availability). These services are delivered by Alex the Bike Man and endorsed by Green Lancaster.
Advice on bike parking
Parking your bike on campus is easy but following these guidelines will make the process even better:
- Please park at the dedicated bicycle parking stands only.
- Secure your cycle with a good quality D-lock fixed over the wheel, frame and bike stand.
- Remove any valuable accessories such as lights and panniers when your bike is parked.
- Bike locks can be left unused at bike stands for up to 4 days at a time.
- Bikes should not be stored indoors.
- Bike parking is for regular cyclists so please use your cycle frequently if parked on campus.
- Take care to avoid any cycle trailers or large cycles from causing any obstruction.
Bicycle Parking Policy provides further details.
Where can I get my bike repaired?
A University Dr. Bike cycle repair service is available at the weekly Thursday market in Alexandra Square during term-times. Cycle accessories are also available for sale.
The Bike Workshop in Bowland Avenue can be used for self-service cycle maintenance and repairs using the tools available in the workshop. Staff can sign out a key to the Bike Workshop at the Security Lodge.
Is there anywhere I can get a shower on campus?
Yes, there are showers available across the campus which can be used when cycling.
The locations and room numbers of showering facilities can be found on page 2 of the University Cycling Map.
Staff can save up to 39% on a new bike and accessories
Save between 25% and 39% on the cost of a new bicycle and cycling accessories via monthly salary deduction. Enrol on the Cycle to Work Scheme through Flexible Benefits during the annual enrolment window in August / September. There is also a Cycle to Work enrolment window in February so that you can get your new bike in time for cycling to work during the summer months.
Information for staff cycle commuters
Free parking scratch cards for Staff Cycle Commuters
- Up to 15 free one-day Staff parking scratch cards are available to staff that choose not to purchase an annual parking permit or subsidised bus pass in the same year.
- Scratch cards are allocated based on staff full-time equivalent level.
- Further information is available in Section 18 of the Car Parking Policy (Principal Document) on the Policy and Enforcement page.
Bike Mileage Reimbursements
- Staff can claim 20p/mile tax-free for journeys undertaken on an employee's own bicycle when the journey is for business purposes.
- This does not apply to commuting journeys to and from work.
- Business Bicycle Mileage Guidelines
Where can I cycle on campus?
Cyclists can use a network of cycle paths across the campus in addition to using the campus roads. These routes are clearly signed and are also indicated on the University Cycling Map.
Other paths on campus are for pedestrians.
How secure is my bike parked on campus?
Lancaster University is a very safe campus. Nearly all the colleges have secure bike parking facilities in locked compounds. We recommend using a good quality cycle D-lock of Sold Secure Silver Standard (or above) securing the lock around your bike frame, wheel and bike stand.
Where can I get some cycle training?
A Safer Urban Cycling Skills training course is available at the University subject to demand. Please contact the Facilities Helpdesk on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
The University also occassionally delivers free cycle maintenance training.
How do I join the cycling mailing list?
We maintain an email list of occasional annoucements of interest to people who cycle to the University.
If you have a University email address you can join here.
Alternatively, please email Facilities Communications at email@example.com with a brief note explaining your connection to the University to be added manually.
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