Bike Safety

More and more of our students are cycling around the city, so here is some advice to help you stay safe and secure on our roads.


  1. Take out insurance to cover your cycle.
  2. You can get high quality discounted locks from the University’s Cycle Hut.

Cycle safe

  • Ride positively, decisively and well clear of the curb – look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do and make eye contact where possible so you know drivers have seen you.
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles, like lorries or buses, where you might not be seen.
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor.
  • Wearing light coloured or reflective clothing during the day and reflective clothing and/or accessories in the dark increases your visibility.
  • Follow the Highway Code including observing ‘stop’ and ‘give way’ signs and traffic lights.
  • Wear a correctly fitted cycle helmet, which is securely fastened and conforms to current regulations.

Advice on preventing cycle theft

  • Always lock your cycle, even if you are just leaving it for a few minutes.
  • Avoid isolated places - leave your cycle where it can be seen.
  • Invest in a good lock.
  • Lock your bike to an immovable object whether you’re at home or a University - there are plenty of cycle racks around campus.
  • Secure removable parts.
  • Mark your cycle with Smartwater or a UV pen so it can be identified.