By Bike

  • Thinking of cycling to and around the campus?  The University’s travel and transport pages describe the many benefits of cycling.
  • If you are new to cycling in York, you can sign up for a bespoke lesson and get cash back.
  • York Bike Belles run a monthly Cake Confidence scheme to support people to start, or return to cycling.
  • Considering buying a bike?  i-Travel York has some advice about the style that may be right for you.  WhyCycle also has guides on which size of bike to buy and a jargon-buster.
  • Unwanted bikes are regularly cleaned from campus and are sold at the start of the academic year.
  • You can also hire a bike – the University has a Pool Bike Scheme for travelling between campuses. It is necessary to become a member first before hiring a bike for the first time.

Planning a journey

  • Use the i-Travel York Journey Planner to work out your route.

Bicycle safety

  • bikeFollow these guidelines to keep your bicycle secure on campus.
  • Free bicycle pumps are now available on campus – find them at Derwent, Goodricke and Alcuin Colleges.
  • Discounted cycle equipment is available to buy from the University mailroom or YUSU helpdesk.
  •  i-Travel York’s cycle map lists places to park your bicycle in the city centre.
  • Learn how to keep your bicycle secure on campus.
  • Regularly give your bike a quick check to keep it running smoothly and safely.
  • Learn how to give your bike a clean (and why you need to).
  • The University runs a free ‘Bike Doctor’ scheme at various locations  for routine cycle maintenance. Book a place to avoid disappointment.
  • Want to leave your bike on campus over summer? You can apply to do so by completing an online form.
  • We hope you never have a puncture, but to learn how to fix one, check out this video tutorial.

Your safety

  • Make yourself visible to other road users by being prepared and being alert.
  • Consider wearing reflective clothing for your cycle to/from the University. Free high vis slap wraps and vests are available from the Travel and Transport department. Email transport-team@york.ac.uk with your details and these can be posted on to you.
  • Learn how to deal with hazards on your journey, or how to navigate junctions on city roads.
  • British Cycling have a guide on how to cycle safely in the dark.
  • Find out how to winterproof your bike.

Get involved

  • The University takes part in National Bike Week – why not sign up?
  • There are many cycling community groups in York, offering social and training rides to suit all abilities.  I-Travel York has a comprehensive list.