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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
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).
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.
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:
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 www.cyclestreets.net