Sussex Estates and Facilities

Cycling

At the University of Sussex we care about cyclists and making it as easily as possible for all students, staff and visitors to travel to campus sustainably.

Cycling to and from campus

There are cycle lanes across Brighton, including along Lewes Road (the main route to campus from the city), the seafront, Grand Avenue and The Drive. Many of these routes form part of the national and regional cycle route network.

The local council publishes a comprehensive City Cycle Facilities Map. It shows you many cycle facilities such as cycle parking, counters, cycle routes and 'toucan' crossings.You might also find it useful to see another online cycle map at www.brightonandhovecyclemap.com

More information about cycling in Brighton is available on the City Council website.

The Highway Code clearly sets out rules for cyclists including on equipment, clothing and use of lanes and crossings. It states that every pedal cycle must have efficient brakes and meet the applicable legal requirements. See also Annex 1 of the Highway Code: You and your bicycle. All road users are personally responsible for making sure that their knowledge of the Highway Code is up to date and that they use the road network in a safe and responsible manner.

Benefits of cycling to the University

  • Dedicated cycle paths to campus from Brighton and Lewes
  • Free showers for all cyclists (including use of the Sport Centre and Falmer Sports Complex showers)
  • Free parking and numerous parking stands on campus
  • Helps to keep you fit! Swapping your car for a bike commute has health benefits: lowering blood pressure, improving fitness and even giving you an energy boost. Research at the University of Glasgow found that commuters who cycled were associated with a 41% lower risk of premature death.

Cycling can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save you money - all while avoiding traffic jams.

Learning to ride

Brighton & Hove City Council offer free cycle training courses to Brighton & Hove residents. Level 1 is for beginners; in Level 2 training, you learn to cycle safely and confidently on the roads. And if you want to learn how to cycle safely on busy roads and at complex junctions, Level 3 training is for you. 

Cycle to Work scheme

Staff can buy new bicycles and safety equipment with savings of up to 42% through the University of Sussex Cycle to Work scheme. A government-backed initiative, Cycle to Work allows staff to obtain a bike and/or cycling accessories to use for riding to work while making tax and National Insurance savings from your gross pay. You choose your combination of bike and accessories and then rent the equipment through salary sacrifice from the University.

Who is eligible to participate in the Cycle to Work scheme?
The scheme is open to all full‐time and part‐time employees of the University whose contracts will run for 14 months or more at the time of ordering the bicycle.

Can employees from other organisations such as SussexFood or SEF apply?
The scheme is not available to employees from other organisations.

How does the scheme work?
You choose a new bike and cycle safety accessories worth up to £1,000 and the University buys it for you. They hire it back to you with reductions in your monthly salary over 12 months. This is called ‘salary sacrifice’ and it allows you to get the new bike you want now and to spread the cost.

How and where can I buy the bike?
You can view an extensive range of bicycles and equipment on the Cycle Solutions University of Sussex page. If you’re interested in purchasing items from a local bike shop, Cycle Solutions can set up a partnership agreement with the shop to allow this to happen. Take a look at the Cycle Solutions options brochure to see some of their most popular products.

When do I need to order my bike by?
Eligible staff have been able to apply to the Cycle to Work scheme since 24 April 2017. The scheme will operate all year until further notice.

What are the benefits of the scheme?
Besides the cost savings, benefits include:

  • a full 12-month warranty for all bicycles
  • you can have your bicycle delivered to your home or workplace free of charge once it has been built and any equipment added
  • Cycle Solutions will check with you to ensure that the equipment you receive is the correct size for you, frame style and in the colour you want
  • you can add any new components or accessories subject to warranty agreements, throughout the agreement period
  • the scheme is set up using tax rules that exempt you having to pay tax on the benefit and therefore you do not have to notify HMRC

How can I find out more?
Full details of the scheme - including FAQs, a savings calculator and a step-by-step guide to ordering a bike - are available on the Cycle Solutions webpage.

Other ways of buying a bicycle

Staff who don't wish to take part in the Cycle to Work scheme can purchase a bicycle and receive an interest-free loan from the University to pay for it in 12 monthly instalments. To do this, you will need to download a form from the Human Resources web pages.

Hiring a bicycle

We are participating in the new Brighton bike-share scheme, which is live from September 2017.

Once the scheme is fully operational, up to 430 new bikes will be available for residents and visitors to hire from hubs and docking stations at 50 locations across Brighton and Hove, including the Sport Centre on the Sussex campus.

The scheme offers a range of tariffs to suit both regular and occasional users. Hire costs start from £2 per trip or £8 per day, with users having the option to pay as they go on a 3p per minute tariff (minimum £2 charge). Users can also purchase an annual membership at £72, which includes 30 minutes free use every day.

Where to park your bike on campus

There are lots of bike stands on campus where you can park your bicycle. You should park your bike in one of the designated areas, where cycle stands are provided.

There is an ongoing programme to increase and improve the range of cycle parking and shower facilities available on campus, including the possible installation of secure, covered shelters.

You are not allowed to park your bike in buildings or where it is liable to cause an obstruction, e.g. secured to a fence alongside a walkway or at the entrance to a building.

Please also keep to the designated cycle paths on campus.

We do keep an eye out for abandoned bicycles. If you leave your bike locked up on campus for a lengthy period, we will issue a warning that we are going to remove it within two weeks. If your bike is still in the same location by then, we will remove it and place it in our compound for a further two weeks. You can reclaim it from there. After that, it will be recycled!

See the Ordinances and Regulations about bicycle parking

Bike security

We take crime prevention seriously and crime is generally low on campus; however, securing your bicycle is your responsibility.

We recommend you use a strong D-lock to secure your bicycle at all times and avoid using a cable lock, which can be cut through easily by bike thieves.

For a quick guide on how to lock your bike securely, watch this video.

Bike maintenance

Free-Wheelers is a free volunteer-run bike maintenance workshop on campus, where you can get help to fix your bike up for free. The Free-Wheelers bike workshop is open from 1-3pm every weekday during term time under the Falmer House arches, near the Meeting House. If you want to get involved and learn some bike maintenance skills, Free-Wheelers are always looking for volunteers and can train you on the job. You can find the Free-Wheelers on Facebook.

Alternatively, if you live in Brighton or Hove you can sign up for one of the Council’s free cycle maintenance courses; a range of dates are available.

You can also pick up some tips from online tutorials:

Showers in non-residential buildings

  • Arts A - ground floor (female), first floor (male)
  • Arts B - basement (female and male)
  • Biology - New ancillary building - approved use only
  • Biology - level 4
  • Bramber House - Level 2, north end (currently out of order)
  • BSMS - ground floor
  • Chichester II - ground-floor and first-floor toilets
  • Essex House
  • Falmer House - first floor (female)
  • Falmer Sports Complex
  • Genome Centre - ground floor - approved use only
  • IDS - rest room in Octagon -  IDS use only
  • Library - basement -      approved use only
  • Pevensey I - Ground floor (male), Level 0 (male and female)
  • Richmond - second-floor toilets (male)
  • Shawcross - ground floor and first floor
  • Sport Centre
  • Sussex House – second-floor toilets (female), second-floor toilets (male)
  • Trafford Centre - approved use only