Cycle skills and safety project

 The University is working with Avanti Cycling in a bid to encourage staff and students to ensure you have the right knowledge, skills and equipment to keep yourselves and others safe while cycling on campus and on the roads.We’re offering free cycle training at a variety of different levels – from complete beginners who need to learn to ride a bike safely, through road tips for experienced cyclists, to experienced foreign cyclists who may just need a top-up on UK road laws. We’re also offering free cycle lights to everyone who takes part! Most people’s thought when they hear ‘cycle training’ is ‘that’s for kids’ or ‘for people who can’t ride a bike’, or ‘boring’. Please let us prove those thoughts wrong! We promise you if you’ve never taken cycle training as an adult you will definitely learn something, and have fun at the same time. What have you got to lose? We’ll even throw in a set of cycle lights...
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Get On Your Bike Event – 27 September 2017

Once again we’re going to be hosting our great ‘On Your Bike’ event, our one stop shop to get you up and cycling in Reading at the start of the academic year. This year we have our very own tent, next to the main Reading Experience Event dome, opposite the Hopkins building, so come along between 12:00 – 16:00 on Wednesday 27 September for any help you may need to get on your bike. *Newly added - Cycle Republic selling new bicycle packages designed for students. Confirmed attendees include: By a second hand bike from Recycle Your Cycle Unicycle hire a bike for the term (limited numbers available) Readybike – Reading’s excellent on street hire bike system with discounts and offers. Buy discounted lights and locks from our very own Security Services Free bike maintenance from our Dr Bike Reading Bicycle Kitchen – bicycle maintenance and volunteering Cycle skills training from Avanti cycling Thames Valley Police providing bicycle security advice Wokingham Road safety...
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Route Improvements on Whiteknights Campus – Updates on Campus Routes proposals

As you will have seen if you’ve been to the Earley Gate side of campus recently, we’ve been making some improvements to the shared paths there. Widening them to allow more space for cyclists and pedestrians to share space safely. The improvements in this location are a direct result of your feedback in previous Travel Surveys, that this was the spot that concerned the largest number of respondents. This work forms the start of a programme of improvements to routes on campus. We hope you managed to view and comment on our proposals for Campus Routes and Quads development in the consultation earlier this year. Our responses to your feedback should be available shortly. Why not segregated paths? We have opted to widen paths for shared use, rather than provide segregated routes. This decision was based on recommendations from our consultants, based on an assessment of the usage levels of the routes, and is in accordance with current guidance for heavily used routes....
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Key travel messages and offers for the start of term Sept 2017

Here is a summary of the key travel offers for the start of term 2017, and also detail of where travel providers will be on campus during welcome week. Click on each item for further detail. Key travel offers and messages • Readybike discounts – ½ price annual membership and 2 free taster trips available – During September only. • On your bike event – 27th September. Includes a 2nd hand bike sale. • Co-wheels hourly car rental – free membership plus £25 credit for University staff and students. No need to have a car in Reading as you can hire one by the hour. • Reading Rail Station line closures on Arrivals weekend (16/17 September) and Sunday mornings until Christmas • All new students can get 2 trip taster tickets on Reading Buses – to collect from your Support Centre, including the postgraduate centre. • New ‘offers for students' and 'offers for staff' pages. • Updated sustainable travel pages. Start from our new home page. • New...
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Cycle to work day 2017 – 13 September – free breakfast voucher for cyclists!

13 September is Cycle to Work day. You can pledge to join via the link below for a chance to win some great prizes.https://www.cycletoworkday.org/To help you get going we’re giving away a free bike breakfast voucher to all those who commute to the University by bike on that day. We will also have Dr Bike providing free bicycle maintenance, Cycle Republic to highlight our Cycle to Work scheme for discounted new bicycles and free security labels available for your bike. If you don’t have a bike yet then don’t forget you could try a Readybike for free thanks to their great September offer. Free commute plus free breakfast can’t be bad! Alternatively come along to talk to Cycle Republic about getting your own bike in future to earn your breakfast voucher. Check out this blog from a recent user of the cycle2work scheme.All of the above will be available outside Whiteknights House (by the Security Window, closest to Edith Morley...
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Reading Rail Station substantial line closures September 2017

To prepare for the electrification of the railway lines around Reading there will be a substantial number line closures at Reading Station over the weekend 16-17 September affecting the majority of routes into the station. This work is unfortunately scheduled during our University arrivals weekend, however we are confident that this should cause only minimal disruption as those welcoming new students have prepared their arrivals advice to deal with this. New and returning students (and staff) please ensure you plan your journeys carefully to avoid experiencing delays. Further line closures will be taking place on Sunday mornings until Christmas time. Please see the attached leaflet from GWR for full details of the closures. Reading Station closures Sept 2017 We look forward to welcoming you back for the start of term, have a safe journey....
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