Sustainable Travel

The University has a range of schemes and incentives to encourage people to use more sustainable forms of transport.  To get to the campus by public transport, go to the Map & Directions pages.  Check out the following sustainable options to help you save money and cut your carbon footprint.

Cycling at York

Cycling At York

Cycling City York

York is a great city for cyclists, and using a bike to get around is not only good for the environment and your health, but it’s cheap and practical too!

The city offers an extensive network of off-road cycle paths and on- road cycle lanes, ensuring safe access to all areas within the city and providing a great base to tour the wider Yorkshire region by bike. The latest staff and student travel survey shows that almost 12% of all commuters to University are cyclists. In comparison, there are only twice as many trips to the University made by car.

To find out more about cycling in the City of York, check out the Council's cycling page and take a look at the city's cycling map.

Cycle training cashback

If you are new to cycling or haven't cycled for a while, why not sign up for a 90-minute cycle training session, delivered by the University's qualified Travel and Transport team? Get hints and tips on safer riding around the local area. Email to book your place. Once you have completed the session and obtained your certificate you will receive £10 cashback!

Cycle Pumps

The University have installed eight bike pumps in convenient places around campus. Currently, these are located:

  • Next to Wentworth reception

  • Next to Derwent reception

  • Vanburgh College, next to Grimston House

  • In front of Halifax reception

  • Next to Goodricke reception

  • YUSU Student Centre

  • Alcuin reception

Keep an eye out for new ones popping up on campus!

Bike Doctor

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Got a bike that needs fixing? Come see the Bike Doctor at the monthly FREE service events outside the Berrick Saul Building on Heslington West. Have a look at the Travel & Transport pagefor more info and dates: 

Cycle Alert

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Cycle Alert is a revolutionary cycle safety system used on the Your Buses. The system has three elements: a unit that is fitted to the bicycle (or worn by a cyclist on their person or helmet), sensors that are fitted to the HGV or other vehicle in our case Unibuses and a cab-mounted device to alert the driver. The three units work in sync to form a communication network between all parties, alerting the driver – with maximum advance notice – of a cyclist in proximity.
The in-cab receiver is designed to create minimal distraction for the driver, with a simple and audible ‘cyclist’ warning and a flashing light that indicates where the cyclist or cyclists are positioned near or around the vehicle. This allows the driver to react instantly and actively avoid any potential collisions.

Get your free ‘Cycle Alert’ tag from Your Shop, Market Square! Your Shop also offers a range of heavily discounted cycle products and if you email you can claim a free high-visibility vest or ‘slap wrap’ arm reflector.

Find out more about Cycle Alert on their website or on the Travel & Transport page.

University of York Cycling Club

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The University of York Cycling Club is open to students of all skill levels. They aim to encourage all aspects of cycling, be that leisure riding or racing. If you fancy some mountain biking they also offer trips out to Dalby forest and other mountain bike hotspots! There are plenty of local races for those roadies who like racing as well as BUCS national events for Road, Cross Country, Cyclocross and Downhill disciplines. They are a friendly, active club always looking for new members who enjoy cycling and socialising!

To find out more about UYCC, check out their website or their page on YUSU's website.


Twitter: @OfficialUYCC

York Sport Cycling

York Sport Village at Heslington East has a fantastic array of cycling (and other sport) facilities, including a 1km cycle circuit – great for cyclists of all abilities. With a pay as you go payment system, there’s no need to sign up to York Sport membership to use it either – unless you want to use the other facilities at the Sport Village! There is also an Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome, offering regular taster sessions, skills sessions, training and a race league – giving all skill sets a chance to use this great new facility!

To find out more about cycling at York Sport Village, check out the York Sport Village website.



Your Bus 66 - the Universities dedicated bus service

The Your Bus 66 run by First York runs through both East and West campuses, starting from Campus East and stopping at the railway station and in the citycentre. The services run every 5-10 minutes during the day (term time) and every hour between midnight and 7am.

Find out more.

Your Bus ub1



ub1 is a dedicated free shuttle bus service for travel around the Heslington campus during term-time, between Heslington East and Heslington West.

Find out more.

Yorkey Cards


Find out more about bus services to the UniversityThese reusable bus cards save paper and are cheaper than single tickets. You can top them up at YourShop in Market Square or on the bus. You can use your Yorkey card on Your Bus 66 and cb1.




Get walking


There are loads of benefits from walking - not only for your health, but also for your pocket! Walking is completely free, a good way to stay fit and active, and is one of the easiest ways to get around York - it's a pretty flat city so it's easy to get everywhere on foot!

It takes around half an hour to walk into the city centre from the University’s Heslington West campus – check out the City of York Council’s iTravel Journey Planner to plan a route into the city.


Car journeys

Car Journeys

Car share


York has a car share matching service called Liftshare, which matches you up with other people doing a similar journey who live, work, or travel in and around York. You can choose to car share as little or as often as you like, with whoever you like, on any journey you make. We also have dedicated car share parking spaces on campus and around York!

  • Find drivers or passengers online instantly for FREE
  • Cut your fuel and parking costs
  • Reduce the stress of driving every day
  • Help reduce congestion and pollution in York

Find out more on Liftshare.

Enterprise CarClub

Enterprise Car Club membership opens the door to young drivers looking to hit the open road without the cost and hassle of owning a vehicle. You can forget about having to fork out for huge insurance premiums, servicing, MOTs, tax and the nightmare of city centre parking as all this is covered in the Car Club membership.

Students aged 19 to 22 or over can join for just £6 a month and get access to cars conveniently located across the city of York – including the on-campus car just off Market Square, near the Information Centre – and you can access hundreds more in 16 other cities across the country. You only ever pay for the time you use their vehicles and rental rates start as low as £4.95 an hour plus 21p per mile travelled.

To find out more, visit: carclub/index.html


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