Edinburgh in top gear for student cyclists
Edinburgh has been named as the best University in the UK for student cyclists.
Student accommodation site Mystudenthalls.com ranked UK universities using measures including campus bike storage, university cycling societies, accessibility of local bike shops.
It also took into account pro-cycling and bike campaigns and the quality of resources nearby for would-be cyclists.
Cycling at the University
The University supports and encourages cycling by offering cycle training, bike maintenance courses, a cycle to work scheme, Doctor Bike sessions and a number of discounts in local bike shops.
The University is also adding more than 1,500 new cycle parking spaces across campus sites for the start of the new academic year.
Just Eat Cycles, the City of Edinburgh's cycle hire scheme, also launched in 2018. The University is a partner in the scheme, and hire points are available at several University sites.
The University is committed to working with organisations throughout the city to ensure that cycling is an attractive, safe and secure option for students and staff.
The award follows on from Pollock Halls of Residence receiving a Cycle Friendly Campus Award in 2018 and the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine receiving the same award in 2019.
Being named best in the UK for student cyclists is a great endorsement of the work that the University has put into improving facilities and opportunities for cycling over the past number of years. Through collaborations with the University’s Student’s Association and external partners such as Edinburgh City Council we look forward to continuing to increase cycling provision across our campus and the wider city.
Bicycle User Groups
Bicycle User Groups (BUGs) provide a channel for communication between cyclists and the University.
The University of Edinburgh BUG's act as a communication link between the University and staff, students and visitors of the University to create an environment that is both physically and culturally encouraging to those who wish to cycle.
Staff Cycling Community
The Staff Cycling Community (SCC) is a new staff-led initiative to connect cyclists across the University.
The group's goal is to share knowledge and support each other in a fun and relaxed environment.
The Community runs events including regular meet ups at different campuses and weekend cycle rides allowing new cyclists to test their commuting routes.