Cycling Forum

Welcome to GCU’s Cycling Forum. Our short cycling video summarises what GCU is doing to encourage more people to cycle to the University with more information about many of these initiatives available below.

Why a Cycling Forum?

The aim of the Cycling Forum is to help increase the number of journeys made to GCU by bicycle. To achieve this, the Cycling Forum will:

  • Provide a channel for cyclists to discuss cycling issues with the University.
  • Consider barriers to cycling at GCU and develop proposals to overcome them.
  • Enhance cycling proficiency by promoting cyclist coaching and training.
  • Provide information and resources to more cycling to GCU.
  • Organise cycling events.
  • Link into existing and planned health and wellbeing initiatives.

The Cycling Forum is an informal association of students and staff at GCU with an interest in cycling and is administered by GCU’s Sustainability Officer.

GCU’s Cycling Forum provides a mechanism for the University to engage with students and staff that cycle and understand their cycling needs. Through this dialogue, and with the help of a number of stakeholders, there has been a significant amount of targeted investment in cycling infrastructure and as a result the number of students and staff cycling to the University between 2-12 and 2015 almost doubled (to just over 4% and 9% respectively).

In recognition of this achievement Cycling Scotland awarded Scotland's first Cycle Friendly Campus Award to GCU in February 2016.

In developing infrastructure for cyclists, the University acknowledges the support from the following organisations: Cycling Scotland, Sustrans, SPT, The Bike Station and Glasgow City Council.

Register - Don't Miss Out

To keep GCU cyclists up-to-date on cycling related events, we send out email alerts about twice a month (sign-up here) and also have an active Facebook Group.

Dates - Dr Bike & Fix Your Own Bike

During the following dates, you can either learn how to fix you  own bike under the careful supervision of Dr. Bike, or have him do it for you. Dr. Bike will be located outside the Arc/opposite the Security Office between 10:00 - 14:00 hrs on the following dates:

  • 25 September 2018 - Tuesday - Pop-Up Bike Shop (Bike for Good)
  • 9 October 2018 - Tuesday- GCU Big Bike Day - Security (more info soon)
  • 23 October 2018 - Tuesday - GCU Big Bike Day - Be Seen (more info soon)
  • 7 November 2018 - Wednesday
  • 21 November 2018 - Wednesday
  • 11 December 2018 - Tuesday

To receive advance notification of when the next sessions will be held sign-up to email alerts (please select the Cycling Forum).

If you have any questions about these maintenance sessions, please email sustainability@gcu.ac.uk


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Getting Started - Routes, Maps and Cycling Buddies

If you’re thinking about cycling to GCU we can help in a number of ways, from pointing you towards some awesome route planning tools, maps and linking you up with potential cycling buddies.

Routes & Maps

Cycle Streets is a great route planning tool for cyclists: just enter your start and end postcodes and it gives you three route options (quiet, intermediate and fast).

Glasgow City Council has several cycle route maps for Glasgow, which are available from here.

In addition we also have maps with Glasgow’s cycling routes. Please contact sustainability@gcu.ac.uk to request your free copy.

Cycling Buddies

If you're thinking about cycling to GCU the Cycle Forum can also help you get started by putting you in touch with experienced cyclists who are happy to discuss route options.

GCU's Cycle Buddies have shared their routes with us and are happy to help you get started. Click here to see a google map with a selection of routes travels by GCU Cycle Buddies.

To contact a Cycle Buddy to discuss potential routes, please send an email to sustainability@gcu.ac.uk with details of your starting point. Please note that for security reasons, we'll only reply to emails sent from either gcu.ac.uk or caledonian.ac.uk addresses.

Bike Maintenance Video Tutorials

Our friends at MadeGood have put together this selection of their more popular bike maintenance video tutorials. Check out MadeGood’s website for tutorials on a variety of other bike maintenance issues.

BRAKE CARE

This tutorial will teach you how to diagnose brake problems, and how to mount a service a calliper brake.

CHAIN CARE

Included in this tutorial is how to lubricate your chain, measure chain wear, put a new chain on your bike and how to connect and break a chain.

CHECK AND TRUE A WHEEL

This tutorial will teach you how to check the truth of a rim on your wheel, and how to straighten a bent wheel.

FIX A PUNCTURE

This tutorial will teach you how to remove the tyre, check for the source of a puncture, patch an inner tube and inflate the tyre on your bike.

LUBRICATE A BIKE

This tutorial will teach you how to lubricate the chain, the moving parts, and the cables on your bike.

FIT A BRAKE CABLE

This tutorial will teach you how to fit a brake cable on your bike.

Lockers for Cyclists

We have a limited number of personal lockers throughout campus available for use by cyclists. GCU’s lockers are managed by the Mailroom and are issued at the Start of Semester A. Visit this page for more information about requesting a locker.

NB.: The above lockers are only available to students. Staff (and students) can also hire lockers from the Arc (contact the Arc reception for further details).

Showers for Cyclists

Students and staff who cycle in to the University GCU can use the showers in the Arc for £1 (per day), which includes an access card to the changing facilities in preparation for their return journey. Please note that access cards are only valid for the day of issue and must be returned to the reception at the end of the day.

Second Hand Bike Shops

A number of community organisations in Glasgow run second-hand bike shops. Check out Donate your bike Glasgow for details of where you can find them.

 

 

Going Away? Donate Your Bike!

If you have a bike and are leaving Glasgow, please consider donating it to the many community groups that recycling bikes.  Donate Your Bike Glasgow has details of where you can find these groups. However, if you don't manage to speak to one of these groups, you can ask us to recycle it for you (we'll basically give it one of these groups). Please email sustainability@gcu.ac.uk if you want us to help you recycle your bike.


If leave Glasgow and leave your bike at the University, it will be treated as abandoned property (which is passed on to Police Scotland) and will not be recycled.

50% off nextbike membership

GCU students and staff are eligible for a 50% discount on the annual sunscription Glasgow's public hire bikes (operated by nextbike).

The dicount reduces the annual membership from £60 to £30 and gives access to reduced hire rates.  To access, use your @caledonian.ac.uk or @gcu.ac.uk email and select "Glasgow Caledonian University" in the partner field when completing the sign-up form.

Renting a bike is really easy: phone an automated number (that recognised your phone number), enter the bike number you want to hire and they send you a text with a code to unlock the bike. When you return the bike to one of the stations (doesn't need to be the same one) repeat the hire process. If you're pressed for time, you can also use a smart card, which replaces the need to phone.

Once your nextbike membership is activated, you'll have access to other nextbike networks throughout the world. If you would like more information about using nextbikes please email: sustainability@gcu.ac.uk.

Ride Better – Essential Cycling Skills App

Cycling Scotland has a nifty free app (iPhone & Android) based on its Essential Cycling Skills training that will help new and returning cyclists develop the necessary skills to cycle safely busy city roads. Although originally targeted at new and returning cyclists, the tool is a great refresher for everyone else and a reminder of some good habits to follow. Download the Essential Riding Skills app and ride better!


Keeping Your Bike Safe & Secure

Nobody wants to be in a situtation where they find that their bike is not where they left it. To avoid such disappointments, here are some tips that will help keep your bike secure:

  1. If possible, invest in two, different good quality locks. A comon rule of thumb is to spend at least 10% of the value of your bike on a lock and preferably one rated Sold Secure Gold. Here is a useful bike lock buyer's guide.
  2. High footfall, visble areas are generally seen to deter bike thieves more than quiet, secluded locations.
  3. Lock your bike properly to something secure.
  4. Have your bike security marked: whilst this will not prevent your bike from being stolen, it may act as a deterrent.

The video below provides a good overview of how to lock your bike securely.

Bike Parking - How to use our 2-tier bike racks

The video below shows how easy it is to use the two-tier bike racks at GCU (outside the Arc and next to the Security Office).