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National Bike Week - 2015

National Bike Week takes place between Saturday 13th and Friday 19th June. There are lots of events taking place across the region for example:

A bike ride to the Tees Barrage in Stockton from the Middlesbrough Cycle Centre on Friday 19th June. Further details can be found at

During the week Middlesbrough Cycle Centre are also offering free breakfast to cyclists.

Several events are also taking place around Newcastle. To find out more and possible events in your area please visit

Are you looking to buy a bike in Durham?

Recyke y'bike have just opened new premises in Durham! Located at 25 North Road, near Durham Bus Station, and run by volunteers who are all cycling-enthusiasts, the shop stocks a great selection of refurbished second-hand bikes for sale at excellent prices, as well as the following;

  • Cycling accessories and parts (both new and refurbished)
  • Cycle training
  • Bike servicing and repairs
  • Bike maintenance and mechanic training

So, if you have been thinking about buying a bike, or are interested in the services Recyke y'Bike can offer, why not pay them a visit?

Opening hours are Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone 0191 447 1770, Click here for a map showing the location of North Road.

Operation Spoke (Security marking for bicycles)

Members of staff and students in Durham will have the opportunity to have their bikes marked up and registered through the Operation Spoke Campaign, led by Durham Constabulary in a series of events organised and delivered by Durham University Security Service, working in partnership with Durham County Council, Darlington Borough Council, Local Motion and the Safe Durham Partnership.

The service is free, takes minutes and takes place across the University estate in Durham throughout the year.

For a schedule of Operation Spoke bike marking events taking place during Easter Term 2014/15, please click here. Please note that the event organised for Tuesday 9th June 2015 has been rescheduled for Wednesday 17th June. This will still take place at St. Mary's College between 12 - 2 pm.

Booking is not required; just turn up with your bike on the day.

Other information for cyclists

Bicycle User Groups have been established at both Durham and Stockton and more information about cycling in these areas, including details about bike hire, organised cycle rides, bicycle shops and much more can be found by visiting their web sites.

We encourage staff and students to cycle to work / study at the University whether using their own bikes or hiring a bicycle. However, please note there is an abandoned bicycle policy which gives Security Personnel the authority to remove any bikes left standing for longer than 21 days. Please make sure you advise Security should you wish to leave your bike at the University during vacation periods.

Bicycle repair kits are available at both Durham City and Queen's Campus, Stockton at the following locations:

  • Science Site Security Office, Durham (near the car barrier)
  • Palace Green Security Office, Durham
  • Ebsworth Building Security Office, Queen's Campus, Stockton

If you are a member of staff and wish to purchase a bike why not visit cycle+ to find out about the salary sacrifice scheme.

As part of the University's benefits+ scheme staff can gain discounts on accessories and servicing at selected bicycle shops in Durham and Stockton. For more information is available on the Human Resources benefits+ website.

Regular events are organised throughout the year and will be promoted on events pages for both staff and students by each Bicycle Users Group. Look out for National Bike Week in June. For more information, please visit Bike Week.

Bicycle Hire

If you are a student at Queen's Campus, Stockton, bicycles can be hired on a termly or yearly basis. For more information visit the Queen's Campus Bicycle User Group.

If you are based in Durham, bikes can be hired from Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, Walkergate, Durham, DH1 1SW, telephone: 03000 268 488. Click here to access a list of FAQs and further information relating to hiring bikes from Freeman's Quay.

Durham Cycle Parking Newsflash May 2014

The scheme to install more secure cycle parking across Durham is almost complete. The "m" stands which are being trialled, are designed to encourage better locking practice, and are located at the following;

  • Outside Ciao Ciao, North Road
  • Outside Council Offices, Claypath
  • Opposite Dunelm House, New Elvet

Click here to see the stands in-situ.

Durham Cycling Parking Map

Cyclists, Be Seen, Be Safe - Winter Cycling Tips

1. Make sure motorists can see you;

2. Use lights and consider wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially in towns, at night and in bad weather;

3. Ride in a position where you can see and be seen;

4. Make eye contact with other road users, especially at junctions, then you know they’ve seen you;

5. Signal clearly at all times;

6. Use your bell - not all pedestrians can see you.

Addtional Winter Cycling Tips.

There are several shops within Durham City and Stockton where lights can be purchased, including Recyke Y'Bike and Skinnergate Cycles respectively.