Creating skilled cyclists

Creating skilled cyclists The 2018-19 academic year has seen a huge boost in participation in our programme of cycle skills sessions and events. These are aimed at helping University cyclists keep themselves and other safe while cycling on and off campus. Over 200 participant-sessions have been run since August 2018, with over 70 individuals now trained in safe road cycle skills. Some of these were complete beginners or hadn’t been on a bike since childhood and were offered support including use of loan bike and helmets along with additional sessions if needed to get skills and confidence up to cycling on roads;  while others just needed one or two to learn/ brush up on the UK highway code and pick up tips for more efficient cycling / basic bike safety checks.   A range of Nationalities have taken part which highlighted some interesting differences in cycling rules across countries: Did you know that Canadian Cyclists signal right by using their left arm bent up...
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A kitchen for bicycles?

A kitchen for bicycles? Have you ever been passing by Palmer building on and seen people tinkering around with bikes / workstands and tools ?? Or had a puncture / faulty brakes and left your bike languishing in the shed as no time / money to take it to a Cycle shop??!? Come and take part in one of the RBK Pop ups! Taking place as part of the overall University Cycle Safety programme (which aims to support all aspects of cycling) these FREE bike maintenance sessions are held fortnightly usually on Weds 4-7pm *see here for updated dates/ times RBK Pop up Uni T2 2019. Run by experienced bike mechanics and volunteers from the Reading Bicycle Kitchen (RBK**) the sessions enable you to learn how to fix your bike! From flat tyres, faulty brakes to more complex gear adjustment and cable re-fit they generally have the tools and parts to help you get you back on the road. RBK will also safety check your bike (in...
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Cycle Light Up 2018

You may have seen us dotted around campus some evenings over the last few weeks (since the clocks changed) lit up like Christmas Trees. No we haven't been celebrating Christmas early, rather we've been out with a more serious message of encouraging cyclists to use lights! It's really important that cyclists use lights whether on or off campus. On the shared paths on campus, pedestrians and other cyclists can't see you without lights, so you're risking hitting them, or at least making everyone's journey uncomfortable with near misses. For your own safety when cycling on roads so that drivers can see you to avoid you It's a legal requirement in the UK and you could get a £50 fine. Our main light up event was on Thursday 15 November as part of the Green Festival where we managed to cover most of central Whiteknights campus. We were actually pleasantly surprised by the amount of cyclists who already had lights. Keep up the great work. If you...
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Get On Your Bike event October 2018

*Due to popular demand Recycle Your Cycle will be back selling second hand bikes on Wednesday 24th October, 12:00 - 14:00 in the quad outside RUSU* We will also have lights and locks and a visit from Dr Bike. 12 – 2pm  More bikes available to Buy or Hire Second hand bike sale with ReCycle Your Cycle. UniCycle Hire Bikes from £10 / term run by RUSU. Bike Security Labelling, Locks and Lights for sale. And lots of information on support for cycling on and off campus. 11 – 3pm Dr Bike* (Please note we’ve moved his visit from Thursday 25th to coincide with the sale).: come along for a FREE cycle safety check. 2-6pm Cycle Training: See the cycle skills programme for details or email k.robertson@reading.ac.uk to book a place.   **Cyclists – don’t forget the clock’s go back this weekend so you’re more likely to be going home in the dark from next week. You will need lights for cycling on and off campus. If you can’t make...
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Bus stop closures on Whiteknights campus over summer

Here’s an update on changes to bus services and routes for Whiteknights and London Road campuses over summer. 21a stops for summer on 8 June A quick reminder that term time only bus service 21a will stop for the summer from Friday 8 June. Therefore the frequency of the bus service between Whiteknights Campus and the Town Centre will be reduced. Please check timetables on Reading Buses website. 21a will additionally run on 16 and 17 June for Open day. It will then start again for Welcome Week on 24 September. Both bus stops on Whiteknights campus closed over summer due to works on Queen’s Drive Queen’s Drive needs resurfacing so this work will take place over summer, closing the section near Whiteknights House starting on 18 June. Vehicles will not be able to use the route so both campus bus stops will be closed during this time, between 18 June to Wednesday 1 August. For those seeking to use alternative stops please ensure you read...
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Travel Survey 2018 Results

The results of the 2018 University Travel Survey are now in A massive thank you to everyone who took part back in January (832 staff and 734 students). You've provided some excellent feedback that we will use to update our Travel Plan Action Plan (to be published in October).A brief summary of the findings is provided in this blog - please see the full results in our Travel Survey 2018 results report (includes a 3 page summary), and our Travel Plan and Monitoring page for further details. The all important prize draw winners The student entries prize draw was won by Raagulan Umashanker a first year student of English Literature.The staff entries prize draw was won by Tom Woolmer in Global Recruitment and Admissions at London Road.They each won an iPad. Congratulations and thanks for taking part :-) How do staff and students travel to the University? The overall (combined staff and student) modal split for commutes to the University in 2018 is shown below. The...
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BikeSmart prize leads to new Bicycle maintenance equipment available to borrow on campus

If you need to pump up your tyres or make a few minor repairs to your bicycle while you’re on Whiteknights or London Road campuses you’re now in luck. We have two new locations where DIY bicycle maintenance equipment is available to borrow on campus, and improved equipment available in the Chaplaincy. Equipment is now available to borrow (for you to use on campus) from: The Chaplaincy Security Services in Whiteknights House Security Services at London Road. The Chaplaincy location is already marked on our campus Shower Map, and this will be updated to show the other locations soon. You won this! The equipment has been purchased using the prize money from the University Team’s great successes in last year’s BikeSmart cycle challenge. The University overall won first place out of large organisations Reading, and the Sustainability Services team came first out of smaller groups. These team prizes were in addition to many fabulous individual prizes won by staff and students accross the University. We...
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Staff and student travel survey 2018

Travel Survey 2018! – Let us know your views and suggestions - win an iPad It’s time for the University’s biannual staff and student travel survey. Take the travel survey We really hope you take the opportunity to let us know how you get to our campuses and your views on what we can do to improve this for you. You could win one of two iPads by taking part! Your views are important to monitor how we are doing against the University Travel Plan, and to develop the action plan for the next couple of years. See what we have done as a result of your great responses to previous travel surveys on the Sustainability Services Travel Plan pages. Recent actions included the widening of the shared route between Friends Bridge and Agriculture, and installation of a larger bus shelter on Chancellors Way. It’s quite a detailed survey, but only a few of the questions are compulsory so you can skip most areas...
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