Get on Your Bike



Explore Your City. By Bike.


Get to uni on time. Click here to download our last version of the UoM cycle map. Please not that an updated version will be available following the complete transformation of Wilmslow Road/Oxford Road. Take a look at some useful hints and tips at the bottom of the page. 


Bike Sales in Fallowfield

Buy A Bike


Why fork out for a bus pass when you buy a second-hand bike for a fraction of the price? The Nationwide Cycling Academy will sort you out with a bike from £40-£100+ at their events throughout the year.

Find them at Owens Park Halls (Great Court).


Owen's Park Campus Manchester Uni  
293 Wilmslow Rd Manchester M14 6HD Adult Bikes Only
7 February 2017 (With Bike Maintenance)  13:00-16:00


Learn to Ride Cycle Training - FREE but booking required


Never ridden a bike before? Or you were 5 the last time you were on wheels? No problem. Sign up to a free Learn to Ride course provided by Transport for Greater Manchester. All you need to do is book and turn up! Bike and helmet will be provided.

Time and places to be soon confirmed


Road Rider Ready Cycle Training – FREE but booking required


Even with the new cycle lanes laid down, you may still feel unconfident on cycling on the roads. No need to fear, sign up to a free Road Ready course provided by Transport for Greater Manchester. Again, all you need to do is book and turn up! Bike and helmet will be provided.

Time and places to be soon confirmed


Bike Security – Bike Marking and Subsidised Locks


University Security offer a free bike registration scheme and offer subsidised top quality bike locks for £15 (RRP £45) via the online shop. For information on locks and bike marking, click here. For details of regular bike marking events, follow this link (events scroll to the right). Please note that this service is temporarily suspended but is planned to resume on Wednesday 04 November.


Complaints, comments & suggestions


Let us know whether you've had your bike stole, comments on your commutes and any other issues that need to be addressed. We welcome this information as it is useful for us to know how we can improve as well as communicating with the university and City Council. 


If you have any complaints, comments or suggestions, email Sorcha or Christina



Join the Get On Your Bike campaign



We are seeking a fresh wave of students who are will to take over and be the driving force of this campaign. Do you like brainstorming and coming up with out-of-the-box ideas? The aim of GOYB is to improve the convenience of cycling to university as well as changing perspectives across campus. In the past, members have received awards, invaluable CV experience and even part-time jobs and internships with companies that are involved in creating the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Interested? Drop an email to or 

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Why Cycle?

It's time to get on your bike. We love cities and the bicycle is a great tool to keep them be sustainable, fresh, free-flowing and vibrant. With the new cycling infrastructure soon to be finished, there won't be a more stress-free and convenient time to start cycling. Cycle with a coursemate to get to classes on time, visit friends in the neighbourhood and explore the city with ease. Better yet, it burns calories with little effort, saves you money, and is great for the environment. 

Cycle Parking

The University has huge numbers of Sheffield ‘hoop’ stands on campus, with shelters available at most Residences.

Journey Planning

TfGM have a fab online journey planner to help you discover safe, quiet cycle routes to University as well as leisure routes. Visit: (Paper maps also available).

University Sustainable Travel

To find out more about all sustainable travel options at the University, please click here.

Interested in finding out more about sustainability at the University?

As a student, you have access to the Make a Difference: Think Sustainability tool. As well as suggesting tips on how to save money, get active and get involved in activities at the University and in the community, this tool provides a personal action plan tailored to your interests. It allows you to record your non-academic achievements to help strengthen your CV. Click here to use the tool.

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Biko Bikes

Want to cycle but don’t have any wheels? No worries! The Students’ Union run Biko Bikes, a student-led project that enables you to rent a bike for £1 per week. They’ll also help you out with any repair work needed.

You can even volunteer in their workshop as part of Student Action 

Top Cycling Tips

1. Get on your bike ASAP - uni life is the perfect time to get into a new lifestyle habit, so don't put it off! 


2. Find your balance in Plattfield Park or take up one of the free available courses.


3. Avoid too dark-coloured clothing that will make you look like a ninja. Consider high-viz sashes, jackets or back-pack covers. For trendy options:


4. Be visible when the sun goes down. It's not fair to drivers if they can't see you. Make sure you have lights or it's a £30 fine otherwise.


5. Be switched on. Even with the new cycle lanes, be aware of pedestrians, car doors opening, and regularly check over your right shoulder.


6. If in doubt, leave it out. Don't take unnecessary risks as you may be in the blindspots of bus and lorry drivers. 


7. Get clued up on a maintenance course so you can check your bike yourself. Alternatively, drop by one of the bicycle workshops (see below for a full list). 


8. Signal! Raise your hand vertically if you are about to stop, as well as your left's and right's. 


9. Please don't annoy drivers by cycling through red lights - it doesn't help our cause! Listening to music whilst cycling is also a no-no.


10. Please use the space allocated to you where possible.'

Join the Get on Your Bike campaign

By joining the campaign, you will be a part of a large student cycling community, be the first to find out about cycling events in Manchester, and have the chance to give your opinion on the future of cycling!

To sign up, please email