Campus is easy to get around on bike or by foot. It's just a 15-minute bike ride or 30-minute walk from Campus West to the city centre, with lots of off-road cycle paths and on-road cycle lanes offering safe access into and around York.
Remember that at night, or in poor light, it is a legal requirement that all bikes must have working front (white) and rear (red) lights; police will issue fines to cyclists who do not comply.
Cycling equipment is available to purchase from the University mailroom, YUSU helpdesk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices: bike locks £10; helmets £9; lights £6 - £10; bells £2.50.
Plan your route
See the location of the cycle pumps across campus: Campus cycle pumps map (PDF , 4,301kb)
Unwanted bikes are regularly cleared from campus, recycled and sold at the start of the academic year. Keep an eye on the student news pages for sale dates.
There are a small number of bikes available to hire for 48-hours at a time located at James, Halifax and Goodricke Colleges and King’s Manor.
You will receive email confirmation and details on when you can collect your membership card.
When you would like to hire a bike just visit the Ron Cooke Hub, Halifax College, James College, Providence House or King’s Manor receptions with your membership card and £10 for a refundable deposit.
You’ll be ask to sign a booking form detailing the bike number and date.
Bring along your bike or buy a recycled bike at the monthly free Bike Doctor service. They take place between 10am-4pm at locations on campus.
The events also give you an opportunity to register your bike with York's 'Operation Spoke'. Your bike will be given a small unique marking and registered on a database so if it is ever stolen it can be identified as yours when recovered and returned to you.
Find a list of upcoming bike doctor visits here.
Please note: You may be charged for additional repairs outside of the standard free service. We advise checking with the Bike Doctor team before leaving your bicycle with them.
If you're new to cycling or haven't ridden for a while, why not sign up for a 90-minute training session with the University's qualified Travel and Transport team. Get tips on safer riding around the local area. Complete our booking form to register.
Once you've completed the session and obtained your certificate, email email@example.com for £10 cashback!
Cycle parking is widely available. Most staff and students also have access to at least one secure bike shed. See a list of locations below:
|Ron Cooke Hub||
Residences, Colleges, Ron Cooke Hub, Law & Management, TFTI
Residences, College, Harald Fairhurst, Helix House, Genesis 6, Eden's House
|Langwith||Residences, College, Nucleus|
|James||Residences, Eric Milner A&B, Nucleus/Maths, Dalham Farm, Physics, Electronics|
|Vanbrugh||Residences, College, C Block, Berrick Saul|
|Alcuin||Residences, HYMS, Seebohm Rowntree, ARRC, C Block, East Wing, Borthwick|
|Chemistry||Chemistry Department, Chemistry Hub, WACL building B block|
|Exhibition Centre||Physics, Electronics|
Want to leave your bike on campus over the summer vacation period?
Bikes that are deemed to be abandoned will have a pink band tagged to the frame, requesting that owners remove the cycle. Bikes that haven't been moved after 28 days are removed by the University. the University cannot be held liable for damage to locks.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to report an abandoned bike.
All bikes are tagged over the summer. Simply remove the tag if you're using your bike. Any cycle booked into storage for the summer will not be removed (see right).
Protecting your bike
Although York is a safe city, you should still take steps to protect your bike. If your bike is stolen, you should contact the police on 101 or on their loss reporting website.
Follow these tips to reduce the risk of theft:
- Use two secure-rated locks for maximum security
- Lock both the wheels and the frame
- Always lock the frame to a solid object such as a bike stand
- Use different types of locks (chain/cable lock, D-lock) which are harder to break
- Remove all your bike accessories every time you leave it unattended
- Make a note of your serial number
- Do not leave your bike unsecure/unattended at any time
- Always leave your bike in a visible location
Click the arrow icon in the top left corner of the map to find locations of bike storage, sustainable transport options, drinking fountains and more.