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Cycling

The University is keen ensure students and staff can travel to campus as easily, safely and sustainably as possible. If you’re looking for cycling and walking routes and initiatives, bus, train or ferry timetables, and help planning your journey, visit the MyJourney website, which is a one stop destination for travel information and advice for Southampton and Hampshire.

There are a number of facilities available for cycling to campus, as well as some great initiatives to get you up and running.

Cycle storage and changing facilities

Cycle storage and changing facilities can be found on our campus map. There are over 300 cycle spaces across EPT campus and a secure cycle store* is located adjacent to the Sir Christopher Cockerell (CC) building and accessed via the Salto card reader system. Card access can be requested via the Estates and Facilities helpdesk in CC003 or by emailing estates.helpdesk@solent.ac.uk.

* Please note, although these cycle storage areas are regularly patrolled, it is highly recommended that bikes are locked using a high-quality D-lock (Sold Secure Silver or Gold rated). Discounted Kryptonite and Abus D-locks can be purchased through the University’s Bike Doctor service.

A bike maintenance station and bike pump are located at the front of Mountbatten Library and in between CC and Herbert Collins building.

Facilities within Solent Sports Complex (SB)

On Level 0, there is a two-tier bike rack, lockers (for wet clothes storage) and a bike maintenance area, with access via the underground car park at the rear of the building. The cycle store requires campus card access which can be requested via the Estates and Facilities helpdesk. Shower facilities and changing rooms are available within the building and are accessible to all current staff and students.

Changing and shower facilities within the old Solent Sports Hall (above The Dock)

Changing, locker and shower facilities are also accessible to staff and students just outside sports hall 3, which is located above the Dock restaurant on floor one of the Andrews’ building.

Pure Electric cycle discount

Pure Electric on Brunswick Place (formerly Cycle Republic) are offering 50% off their bronze, silver and gold services for Solent students and staff with a free health check and e-bike diagnostic included. This offer applies to ALL bikes, not just e-bikes. As the University's monthly Bike Doctor on campus is currently postponed, this is a useful alternative.

The student offer is available initially until 10 October 2020, but may be extended depending on uptake.

Bike Doctor

To help keep your bike in good condition, visit one of the FREE Bike Doctor sessions running across the city for a free safety check, tune up and minor repairs. You can find your nearest session on the My Journey Southampton website. All sessions adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The University’s own Bike Doctor service, in partnership with The Hub Cycleworks, is currently postponed but usually takes place on the concourse of Michael Andrews Building (at East Park Terrace) on the first Tuesday of the month from 10am to 3pm. The Bike Doctor carries out free bike services and minor repairs on a first come first served basis. Labour is free of charge and you just pay for any parts that may be required.

Cycle route maps and videos

Want to cycle to Solent but not sure of the best route? Southampton’s cycle network links the city to surrounding area. Check out these handy route videos and route maps - a great way to get started and to help you get around the city by bike with confidence.

Fix Your Bike voucher

Been putting off getting your bicycle back on the road for too long? With this latest government voucher scheme, now is the perfect time. The first batch of vouchers were snapped up in record time, but more batches will be released soon.

Claim your voucher and 'Pin' it to a local supplier. The scheme is for anyone who has an unused cycle in need of a repair, helping to get it back on the road by providing £50 towards the cost of a service and repair for up to two cycles per household.

Love to Ride

www.lovetoride.net/southampton

This is a fun, global competition to help more people realise the benefits of riding a bike. You earn points and prizes by riding and encouraging others to ride too. There are competitions throughout the year including Cycle September. Ride anywhere, anytime throughout September, to the shops, to work or even a quick 10 minute spin around your local park, to earn points and enter the draw for AMAZING prizes. 

FREE cycle confidence training

Fancy cycling to Solent but need help to practise a route? Never been on a bike? FREE cycle confidence training sessions are available through My Journey for residents of Southampton, Eastleigh, Totton and Hedge End. Suitable for both new and returning cyclists, sessions are available for individuals, families or groups of friends and have been adapted to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Sign up to Solent's Bicycle User Group

If you would like to be included in any periodic communications regarding cycling-related activities at Solent then please contact liz.harris@solent.ac.uk and Liz will add you to the email distribution list.