Environmental Sustainability


With investment in new cycleways and ambitious targets to increase journeys made by bike from Transport for Greater Manchester, cycling is set to gather further momentum over the coming years. The University provides supporting infrastructure and works with networks of engaged people to boost the number cyclists, help tackle congestion and pollution and make Manchester a healthier and more pleasant place to live, work and study.

Whether you are an existing cyclist or someone who is just considering giving it a go, we provide and support a range of facilities and measures to help make cycling to work an attractive and accessible form of transport.

Cycle community

  • Bike User Group UMBUG is a friendly and welcoming community made up of both experienced cyclists and those that would like to give cycling a go.
  • Monthly cycle events Join fellow cyclists from Corridor partners for a free breakfast once a month.
  • Buddy scheme Contact an experienced cyclist for advice, support or even a guided cycle.
  • Annual Cycling Event Each year Corridor partners join together to organise a day devoted to cycling with competitions, prizes and activities to get involved in.

Cycle facilities

  • Cycle shelters There are eight secure cycle shelters on main campus and one on north campus for staff and postgraduates to use.
  • Cycle parking There are over 3,000 cycle parking facilities on main and north campus, including a number of secure cycle shelters available for staff and postgraduates to use.
  • Showers There are over 65 showers available to use across main and north campus.
  • Cycle repair stands and pumps There are three cycle repair stands on main campus and one on north campus. There are also two rapid pumps on main campus and one on north campus.

Cycle initatives

  • Cycle to Work scheme Save money on the purchase of bikes and accessories or just safety equipment only.
  • Cycle training Sign up for free cycle riding and maintenance sessions for beginners and experienced cyclists.
  • Cycle registration scheme Free bike security marking service.
  • Subsidised lock scheme Qualify for a discounted lock by registering your bike on the University’s cycle registration scheme.
  • Cycle mileage rate Claim a cycle mileage rate of 20 pence per mile for business journeys.
  • Abandoned bikes There will be two sweeps a year to remove and dispose of abandoned bikes – see abandoned bike policy for more information.


Did you know?

Oxford Road has changed. The new ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes have been put in to make it safer for cyclists and encourage people of all abilities to give cycling a go #OxfordRoadEvolves.