Bicycle User Group (BUG)

BUG is an informal group of staff and students, established in 2004 to bring together cyclists and highlight how cycling facilities at UCLan can be improved. BUG works with UCLan and supports its Travel Plan to encourage and support commuting to work or study. We have over 100 members and you are welcome to join if you are thinking about cycling to work or already cycle to work. Contact Sharon Doherty (shdoherty@uclan.ac.uk) for further details.

Cycle Storage Facilities and Free Bike Maintenance

 

Cycling to Work

Thinking of cycling to work? Whether you choose to cycle every day or just some days there are 5 key reasons (link to 5 Reasons to Commuter Cycling) to consider it - longer life, improved health, more energy, lower costs and better for the environment. Some cycle commuters also use the train for part of their journey. For advice about cycling by trains visit National Rail (Cyclists).

 

Maintenance Kits on Campus

Two kits are kept on campus from Car Parking Services - Reception, Vernon 4th Floor and Victoria Visitor Car Park Cabin. They contain D-Locks if you have forgotten your lock, a decent pump, puncture repair kits and tools to carry out small repairs etc.

 

Cycle Security

Subsidised Bike Lock Scheme enables UCLan staff and student cyclists to buy a good quality ‘Gold Secure’ D-locks for only £18.50 (RRP £40). Subsidised by UCLan Estates, Security and Travel. All money raised will be reinvested in the purchase of new stock. You can buy a lock from The <i> Library.

Forgotten your lock? You can borrow a D-lock from the Bicycle Maintenance Kits – see above.

Unfortunately cycle theft is not completely preventable. Here are some DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce the risk:

  • DO LOCK your bike using a D-Lock (Silver or Gold standard) to designated bike racks. Bikes should be locked by the frame, with 'quick release' wheels and saddle removed and locked to the frame (or thread an extra cable through the wheels)
  • DO MARK your bike with a postcode stamp at UCLan Security Lodge and make a note of the bike's frame number (an 8-10 digit figure usually on the underside of the frame)
  • DO REPORT any suspicious activity immediately to Security on x.2068
  • DO NOT leave bikes on campus bike racks for extended periods of time. Take them home with you at the end of each semester
  • TAKE easily removable items with you such as lights, saddle packs

 

Cycle Safety

Cycling is a safe mode of transport but there are dangers to cycling on the road. However, there are things that you can do to stay cycle safe - Sustrans has simple road safety advice for cyclists. UCLan offers free cycle training to increase cycle confidence and safety. Also you can ask BUG members for ideas around safer routes based on your commute, email shdoherty@uclan.ac.uk

 

Free Cycle Training

Free National Standard Cycling Training is available at UCLan for staff and students whatever your previous cycling experience. A range of levels are offered to suit cyclist of all ages and abilities from complete beginners to confident cyclists looking to increase their skills and experience.
Training sessions:

  • Level 1 - off-road basic cycling skills
  • Level 2 - on-road skills, level 1 required
  • Level 3 - advanced skills for urban riding, level 1 and 2 required

Interested? Please complete the pre-course training form: Pre-course_form_BUG0712.docx and forward to greenteam@uclan.ac.uk


Buying and Maintaining Your Bike

Preston bike shops  can offer advice on purchasing a bike. Many provide discounts for UCLan staff & students so remember to ask. They may also buy back your bike on graduation. Remember beware of bargains - you only get what you pay for. Buy your second hand bike from a reputable bicycle shop to ensure your bike is roadworthy. Information is available from Sustrans about how to keep your bike running smoothly to reduce problems when on the road.


Cycle Routes Around Preston

Maps are available on campus from the Travel Stands in the 'i', Harrington Foyer and the SU.
For cycle maps across Lancashire go to Lancashire County Council - Cycling Maps . For planning cycle journeys go to http://www.cyclestreets.net/