Everything You Need to Know About Travelling by Bike

Cycling is a fantastic way of getting around - not only is it environmentally friendly, but it is also great for the body and mind.

We are a cycle-friendly university with plenty of bike parking on both campuses, as well as showers and other supporting facilities.

Click on the tabs below for more information on travelling by bike, bike schemes and initiatives.

Students
Male student unlocking his bike from the bike rack

Whether you're a keen cyclist or a just starting out on two wheels, there are loads of places to stash your bike safety while you head to lectures or spend some study time in the library. 

We offer plenty of cycle parking and showering facilities at both our campuses. Please take a look at the maps below to find out where:

Singleton Park Campus Map

Bay Campus Map

 

Staff

We encourage staff to support the Sustainable Travel Plans by biking it to work wherever possible.

We're part of the Cycle to Work Scheme, which you can read more about and shop through here.

There are lots of cycle parking and showering facilities on both of our campuses, making it easy to choose the bike over the car.

Take a look at the maps below to find out where these facilities are:

Singleton Park Campus Map

Bay Campus Map

Want to cycle, but as part of a group? Get involved in our RIDE initiative!

We'll be holding RIDE events throughout the year - check out the LetsRide website to get involved.

Cycle Routes

There are lots of cycle routes in the Swansea Bay area, including between our campuses.

Just take a look at the map below:

Swansea Cycle Map

The red 'central line' runs between the university campuses and the estimated cycle time is 27 minutes.

Over half a million pounds has been spent upgrading the cycle route!

To view a direct route from Singleton to Bay Campus or Bay to Singleton Campus, head over to the Cycle Streets website.

You can view loads of different cycle routes around Swansea on this handy interactive map.

Santander Cycles

Back in 2018, we officially brought Santander Cycles to Swansea!

The scheme is run by our local service provider and it's supported by the UK's leading bikeshare scheme provider, Nextbike UK. It's a scheme for the whole community and not just our staff and students. If you'd like to use one of the bikes, you are more than welcome to come on to campus and take one out for a spin!

Be sure to register your details and download the Santander UK app - our staff and students get discount!

Found out more about Santander Cycles.

Led Bike Rides

We have become the first University in Wales to launch our very own RIDE Leader Programme, alongside Welsh Cycling.

The programme is for the whole community and aims to provide fun, confidence and knowledge of road safety through lead cycle rides.

So far, twenty individuals from across the University have completed the Ride Leadership Award through British Cycling.

The course blends online learning with an assessed one-day course. This qualifies learners to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths, up to a maximum distance of 50 miles. 

RIDE leaders have developned a programme of lead ride events, which you can read about and book on to over on the LetsRide website

You can find out more by emailing our Sustainable Travel Officer

If you don’t own a bike, it's quick and easy to sign up to Santander Cycles Swansea. Santander Cycles are based in five locations across Swansea Bay.

You can find out more and register at the Santander Cycles website.

Keeping Your Bike Safe

Our University Police Community Support Officer, Clive Dainton, attends our campuses to security mark bikes for free, helping you to keep your property safe!

Come along on one of the following dates to have your bike security marked. 

Singleton Campus

PCSO Dainton will be security marking bikes outside Fulton House on 19th March, 21st May, 16th July, 17th September and 19th November 2019. 

Bay Campus

PCSO Dainton will be at Engineering South on 16th April and 20th August. He'll be at the Great Hall on 18th June, 15th Octover and 10th December 2019.

Cycle to Work Scheme

At Swansea University, we encourage our staff to travel sustainably. 

Both of our campuses are easily accessible via cycle paths and routes, so why not get on your bike?

We're also part of the Cycle to Work Scheme.

What is the Cycle to Work Scheme?

The Cycle to Work Scheme is a Government backed initiative that enables you to obtain a bike and/or cycling accessories to use for riding to work whilst making tax and National Insurance savings from your Gross pay. You choose your perfect combination of bike and accessories and then rent the equipment through salary sacrifice from Swansea University

What is Salary Sacrifice?

A salary sacrifice happens when you give up the right to receive part of your salary due. The salary sacrifice enables you to pay back the loan on your bike, accessories and safety equipment from gross rather than net pay for the hire period, allowing you to benefit from income tax and NI relief which is where savings are accrued. Typical savings on the scheme can be up to 40% for basic rate tax payers, and 49% for higher rate tax payers, but the actual amount you pay depends on your personal tax band.

How do I Order a Bike?

The ordering process couldn't be simpler. Just go to the scheme website and use the tool provided to browse the UK's largest selection of brands and bikes to find the model that suits you. Once you have chosen your bike and any accessories, use the check out button to confirm your selection. A member of the Cycle Solutions order fulfilment team will call you to check everything is correct and they will pick and ship your tailor made package direct to your door.

Please be aware that your scheme discount is not valid on local bike shop orders nor on items that are already on sale greater than 12%.

Useful Hints and Tips

Travelling to university by bike is a great way to get active and support the univerity's Sustainable Travel Plans.

Before you head off, make sure you read our Bike Safety Tips

Need some new gear? Check out our Bike Discount List