Irrespective of how you travel to and from campus, your Students' Union is always striving to support your choices. In the last Student Travel Survey we found that:
- 47.3% of students either walk or cycle for part or all of their journey
- 64.9% of students use the bus or train for part or all of their journey
- 13% of students car share as part or all of their journey
- 23% of students use single occupancy cars for part or all of their journey
Based on what you told us about your travel experiences we are now working with the University and key stakeholders such as Stirling Council and First Bus on a range of actions including improving the number and quality of bike spaces on campus, improving bus service delivery and increasing car parking availability on campus.
If you have any questions about cycling on campus or around Stirling you can contact our Sustainability Cooridinator Johannes Schamp.
Cycling is a great way of getting round to and from campus and around town - it's often quicker than waiting for the bus, helps you get some exercise (it adds up!) and keeps money in your bank that can be spent on better things! It's also great for the environment, with every 10 miles of cycling saving approximately a litre of petrol or diesel compared to using a car. You can view a short film about cycling at the University and get a great overview about the benefits and how to access bikes.
Own a bike?
Your Students' Union has been working closely with the University to support active travel. Over 2020 the University created 170 new bike spaces across campus. Moving forward we hope to soon have our Bike Dr. sessions back up and running, to help staff and students keep their bikes in good shape.
No bike? Low cost bike rental is available on and off campus.
The University subscribes to Nextbike, a bike rental scheme that has available bikes for you across campus and town. This means that you can rent a bike for free for the first hour! Simply take out a bike from one of the Nextbike stations on campus, ride into town and lock the bike at another Nextbike station. So catching a train does not mean waiting around and paying extra for a bus! You can even get free access when travelling abroad - heading to Munich's Oktoberfest? You're covered!
To access the scheme you'll need to sign up to Nextbike.
For those more interested in E-Bikes, we also partner with the Forth Bike Scheme, which offers E-Bikes around Stirling. Membership is £40 for students and £65 for staff per year, and included free 45 minute rides.
As a cyclist, you're an active part of traffic. For your own safety and the safety of other road users, these are some things to keep in mind:
1) you operate a carriage - it may sound silly, but that's what you do by law. As such, you are a road user and not allowed to cycle on the pavement.
2) be seen - it can be surprisingly hard for other road users to spot you. Especially since not every driver is used to having cyclists around.
- Make sure you're using lights. Not only in the dark, but also when it rains or when it's misty. Make sure your lights are bright enough.
- Although not a legal requirement, reflective clothing can vastly improve your visibility. You can get a high viz vest for under £2!
3) protect yourself
- Buy a helmet. Although it won't prevent an accident, it can protect your head in case you do get into an accident. However, when you get a helmet, make sure it fits properly and you wear it correctly!
- Make sure your bike is in good working order. Particularly your brakes. Remember to give yourself much more time to break when it's wet.
- Where possible, cycle a door-length away from parked cars.
- Cycle in the centre of narrow roads to discourage cars from dangerous overtaking maneuvres
4) know the code - as a cyclist, you have to adher to UK traffic rules as outlined in the highway code. Have a look at the rules relating to cyclists. Cycling Scotland have a great video series for those wanting a comprehensive introduction on Essential Cycling Skills.
And remember, drivers need to adhere to rules too in order to keep cyclists safe!