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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Why not Cycle2Work?

As a regular cyclist, buying a new bike through the University’s Cycle2Work scheme has always seemed tempting, yet I never quite got round to it. Until now that is, and I’m wondering why I didn’t do it years ago! The University’s sustainable travel pages were a handy starting point, pointing straight to the relevant HR page that explains the scheme further. The scheme is run through Halfords, and I was pleased to see there were a number of potential options with local independent shops too. The scheme is really straightforward – you just need to decide how much you want to spend and then order a voucher (called a “Letter of Collection”) for that value. I was a little unsure what would happen if I order a voucher for more than the value of my chosen bike, but the guys at Cycle Republic helpfully explained this wasn’t an issue; you only end up repaying the amount you initially spent. So on the Tuesday, I ordered...
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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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Travel offers for students

Sustainability Services The University has lots of offers for students to help you choose more sustainable modes of travel. If you have suggestions of more that we can do please let us know by emailing travel@reading.ac.uk.Scroll down to check out all the offers. Find out when you can come and talk to different transport providers on campus over the first weeks of term here. Co-wheels car club (hire a car by the hour). Free membership plus £25 driving credit All University of Reading students can get free membership of Co-wheels car club, plus £25 free driving credit when signing up with a University email address and our code. This great scheme lets you hire a car from as little as half an hour - perfect for the occasional trip you may need to make by car. Click here for more details of how to sign up. Second hand bike sale; Bike Security Labelling; Fix it yourself bicycle maintenance equipment available to borrowFor full...
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Travel offers for staff

Sustainability Services The University has lots of offers for staff to help you choose more sustainable modes of travel. If you have suggestions of more that we can do please let us know by emailing travel@reading.ac.uk. Try the bus for freeTaster bus tickets with 2 free trips are available for all new staff and postgrads. Perfect if you want to see if the bus can work for you. Detail of the routes around the University are available from Reading Buses website.Collect your pass from your staff induction or from HR. Rail season ticket loansThe University will fund the purchase of an annual season ticket to the maximum value of £7,500 by way of an interest free loan. You then pay back the loan in 10 monthly instalments from your net salary (i.e. after deductions for tax and National Insurance). View HR's Benefits Plus pages for full details. Discounted annual and 90 day bus passes with Bus to WorkUniversity employees can get discounted travel from...
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