We want to help staff and students travel to the University actively. So whether you’re thinking about walking, running or cycling you’ll find advice and help to get you started below.
Active Travel Facilities on Campus
- Toilets will be open within buildings on campus, however changing rooms and showers are opening on a building-by-building basis. As soon as information on which facilities are open is confirmed, it will be available to view on the commuting to campus webpage. It is therefore worth considering how you will freshen up if you need to.
- Cycling facilities located on campus include; open and closed bike stands, bike repair stands and track pumps. We strongly recommend using a D-lock when securing your bike on campus to keep it safe.
Influencing Active Travel in Leeds
At a local level Leeds City Council is reinforcing this stance and is asking car commuters to avoid busy routes at peak travel time. They are also preparing a network of cycle and walking route improvements which can be viewed and commented on.
Updates on two schemes of particular relevance to popular University commuting routes are works on the A660 Otley Road to implement cycling between St Anne’s Road / A6157 Headingley) and Victoria Road, and the Hyde Park Active Travel Neighbourhood.
For some help planning the best route to campus try some of the links below.
- We recommended using Google maps to search for walkable route directions as it provides route options, distance, journey time and elevation information and you can easily add stops to your journey.
- For links to a range of wider suggested walking routes in Leeds, take a look at the Leeds City Council webpage and the West Yorkshire Metro webpage
- To plan your own cycle route try the Cycle City Connect Journey Planner.
If you know of any other route planning tools that include more information about travel accessibility such as cycle lanes, pedestrianised routes, restrictive barriers/bollards, step-free access, public toilets and changing facilities. Please contact us via email: email@example.com.
Discounts on equipment
To help encourage staff and students to get active on their commute, we have partnered up with local running retailer Yorkshire Runner. They are offering 15% off in store and online, plus free gait analysis. To gain the discount show your University ID card in store or use the code ‘club15’ online.
More discounts will be coming soon so make sure you check back!
Getting a bike
The University Staff Cycle to work scheme is open and details can found on the University Staff benefits website. Please be aware that the scheme is currently seeing a significant increase in demand, availability is limited and lead times are extended. Wherever possible, we will prioritise requests from staff who are returning to work on campus.
We are pleased to announce that a new cycle to work scheme with Cyclescheme is now live! The new scheme will include an increase of the hire value of up to £3,000 to enable access to a wider range of electric and accessible bikes. For further information and to apply, please check the University Staff benefits website.
At the University of Leeds, we love cycling and provide a variety of facilities and initiatives to help make cycling around Leeds safe, affordable, and pleasant.
At our Bike Hub, located in the heart of campus between EC Stoner and Roger Stevens, you can hire a bike, get maintenance help from our qualified mechanics, and get cycling advice to ensure you have a great time cycling in Leeds.
The Bike Hub is open for bike hire and maintenance support through pre-booked appointments only. Please be aware that there will be no physical access into the Bike Hub and all exchanges will occur outside the building.
The Bike Hub’s opening hours are;
- Bike hire: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 12-4pm
- Bike maintenance: Tuesday and Thursday 12-4pm
For more information on the bike hub including bikes available to hire, costs and how to book appointments visit the Bike Hub webpage.
A selection of cycle maintenance videos can be found on our Bike Hub Webpage.
If you have found a good cycle maintenance resource that you would like to share, please let us know!
If you have any specific questions then get in touch with us: firstname.lastname@example.org
The government’s Fix your Bike Voucher scheme opened on the 28th July 2020 for people living in England to apply a £50 voucher towards the servicing of their bike. The scheme has been so popular that all vouchers in the first batch have now been allocated. The Energy Savings Trust have advised that they will be working closely with the cycling industry during this pilot stage to monitor impact and that further vouchers will be released when they are confident people will be able to get their bikes fixed at a wide range of retailers without significant waiting times. For latest updates, please check the Energy Saving Trust‘s website.
Commuting by bike support links:
- Refresh your memory on correct road positioning through the British Cycling road positioning video.
- Take a look at Cycling UK’s top ten tips for commuting safely webpage.
- Read up on everything to do with commuting by bike from what sort of bike to get, to road safety by downloading the British cycling commuter e-book.
Are you living in West Yorkshire? Would you like to cycle more but feel you lack the skills or confidence? City Connect are offering free socially distant adult cycle training sessions with a qualified instructor.
From learning to ride for the first time to beginner sessions and one-to-one commuter training on a route of your choice, there’s something for everyone with their free adult cycle training sessions.
As well as adhering to the latest Government regulations, including those relating to localised restrictions in areas of West Yorkshire, City Connect’s district partners and training providers will be complying with COVID-19 guidance from The Bikeability Trust and British Cycling.
For general travel advice on commuting to campus, see the commuting to campus webpage. This contains general travel principles and local travel information updated in line with Government and local guidelines.
If you have any questions or require specific travel advice that is not covered on these pages then contact us via email at email@example.com using the subject ‘Travel advice’.
If you are travelling to campus or have done so recently, we would love to hear from you to inform our ongoing travel support offering and to help us to provide feedback to city partners including public transport operators on comments from our staff, students and visitors or to raise any reported issues . If you would like to share your travel to campus experience with us – or want help or advice on travelling to the University – you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org