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Cycling


Cycling continues to grow in popularity and we all know the benefits; it’s cheap, great for the environment and really is good for you.

Ulster University has a staff and student cycling community with hundreds staff and students regularly travelling to campus by bike.

The University aims to encourage more staff and students to travel by bike and offers a range of facilities and incentives for current or potential cyclists.

The information below provides a summary of:

  • Cycle Parking Locations
  • Shower Facilities
  • Locker Facilities &
  • Cycle to work scheme

Check out Sustrans on tips to make sure your bike is safe to ride and how to make your journeys active, healthy and sustainable.

Cycling Parking Locations

The following sites are available for staff and students to secure their cycles around the University:

CampusBuilding/Location
Belfast Block   BA - York Street
Belfast Block BA -   Academy Street
Coleraine Blocks   A, B & C - South Buildings
Coleraine Block E -   Catering
Coleraine Block   G - G2 Science Block
Coleraine Block J - Tower
Coleraine Block   L - Car Park 4
Coleraine Block R -   Residences
Coleraine Block   U - Teaching Block
Coleraine Block W - CMB   Building
Coleraine Block   Y - SAAD Building
Coleraine Podium Steps (available Autumn 2017)
Jordanstown Block   5 - Entrance
Jordanstown Block 11 - Sports   Centre Entrance
Jordanstown Block   13 - Library
Jordanstown Block 17 -   Physical Resources Entrance
Jordanstown Block   26 - Car Park 5
Jordanstown Block 27 - Fire   SERT Building
Jordanstown Blocks   24 & 48 - Courtyard Residences
Jordanstown Dalriada Complex,   Car Park 11
Jordanstown Car   Park 2 - Coach Parking
Magee Block MC - Side   Entrance
Magee Block   ME - Back Entrance
Magee Block MF -   Opposite Student Union
Magee Block MG - Beside Jitters Cafe
Magee Block   MM - Library
Magee Block MS -   Computing Intelligence Systems Building

Shower Facilities

The University provides shower and changing facilities to encourage employees to cycle and walk to work, as a sustainable alternative to the private car.

Facilities are available in the following areas:

Belfast

Building Locations Facilities Available
Block BA
Ground Floor
Main Toilet Block beside Academy
1 Male & 2 Female Showers
Block BA
Cycle Hub

1 lockable unisex changing room

(BA-00-034)

Coleraine

Building Locations Facilities Available
Block I
First Floor
1 x Male/ 1 x Female Shower
(I109 & I110 via I108)
Block J
Cycle Hub

2 lockable unisex shower and changing rooms
(J009 & J010- via J011)

Block U
Ground Floor

1 x Male/ 1 x Female Shower
(U004 & U005)

Block X

1 x Male/ 1 x Female Shower
(X042 & X043)

Sports Centre Male/ Female Showers
Sports Pavilion Male/ Female Showers

Jordanstown

Building Locations Facilities Available
Sports Centre Male/ Female Showers

Magee

Building Locations Facilities Available
Sports Centre Male/ Female Showers
Block MG
Cycle Hub

2 lockable unisex shower and changing rooms
(MG116D & MG116E)

Block MU
Ground Floor

1 x Male/ 1 x Female Shower
(U003 & U005)

Cycle Hubs

Dedicated cycle hubs, comprising locker storage, shower and changing and cycle parking, are available on the Belfast, Coleraine and Magee campuses.

Each Hub is access controlled, with applications for their use made via the Online Store .

Once your application has been approved you will be notified by email and arrangements made for you to have your staff/student card activated to allow access to the controlled area.

Although each Hub is access controlled, cycles must be secured to the hoop in the cycle store room.  It is recommended that the cycle lock used is minimum Sold Secure Bronze standard.

When entering and leaving the compound please be aware of people 'tailgating' and gaining entry to the compound without using an authorised staff or student card.

The cost is £20 per academic year.

Instructions for locker use 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Access Control Cycle Storage is available for:
    • Students - 01 September to 31 July
    • Staff - 01 August to 31 July
  2. Access Controlled cycle parking does not mean secure. Individuals park cycles at their own risk.
  3. The University does not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to cycles parked, whether in locked or unlocked facilities.
  4. Space in facilities will be offered on a strictly first come first served basis.
  5. Entry to access controlled cycle areas will require your staff/student card to be activated, and access is limited to personal use.
  6. Cycles will be removed by the 31 July - any remaining cycles will be assumed abandoned these will be removed and kept for a period of no more than two months. If unclaimed, the University will dispose of the cycle as it sees fit.
  7. Staff wishing to utilise the area during the month of August must make arrangements via the campus Facilities Services Manager.
  8. Breach of these terms and conditions may result in the facility being withdrawn and/or disciplinary action.

Belfast by Bike

The Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme have a docking station at the Belfast Campus which is one of 33 docking stations located across the city centre.  The public hire bikes provide a low cost, convenient way to travel about. Register as a casual user or annual subscriber and the first 30 minutes of each trip is free!

Also see the Belfast Bike Guide which provides maps showing cycle routes in Belfast.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Ulster University operates a cycle to work scheme giving staff the opportunity to obtain a bicycle and safety equipment as part of a salary sacrifice scheme.

If you choose to join the scheme, the University will provide you with a bicycle (and bicycle safety equipment if required) on loan, in return for you agreeing to nominate a specified deduction from your salary for this purpose for a 12 month hire period.  The nominated amount will not be subject to tax or National Insurance deductions. 

For further information please see: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/