Transport & Parking


The University has 8 eCycles (electrically assisted pedal cycles or EAPCs) for staff to use. Four can be used for business journeys, and four can be borrowed by staff for up to a month, to try out as a form of commuting.

Coronavirus update

January 2021: we are currently unable to provide this service. We hope to resume it as soon as it is safe to do so. 

What is an eCycle?

An eCycle is just like a regular bicycle, but a small electric motor assists you when you pedal. This means you can arrive at your destination comfortably, even after cycling up a steep hill.

There are two sizes of eCycle in the fleet: small (best suited to people with a height between 5’3 and 5’7) and medium best suited to people over 5’8).

Why use an eCycle?

An eCycle provides a quick, easy, and fun method of transport between areas of the University. Using an eCycle means you can easily travel by bike to meetings at other University sites without needing to shower afterwards or wear special cycling clothes. It is also healthier and more environmentally friendly than travelling by car or public transport.

Panniers are provided to help you to carry belongings between sites.

eCycles for business journeys

Staff can book out an eCycle for a few hours, to use when travelling between University sites. Before being able to do so, staff must be registered and inducted into the system.

The eCycle project

eCycle is a project of the Edinburgh Further and Higher Education Transport Group that consists of a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Queen Margaret University and Scotland’s Rural College.

eCycle would like to thank SEStran for assistance and funding that has helped provide 22 EAPCs.