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Durham University



Cycling is a good way to explore the City and surrouding area. It has many benefits including health, fitness, saves you money and reduces traffic and associated emissions on our roads. Even if you just walk your bike up the hills you will still get fitter (regular cyclists have the health of an average person ten years younger!) and enjoy a clean, efficient, and more relaxed form of transport.

Cyclists - Be Seen, Be Safe

Autumn is now upon us and it is time to use your lights when cycling in the dark. Remember that at night, or in poor light, it is a legal requirement that all cyclists must have a working front (white) and a rear (red) light on their bikes; police will issue fines to cyclists who do not comply. Full details outling the rules for cyclists are available along with safe cycling and winter tips.

Storing Your Bike

There are many cycle shelters and stands across the estate where you are able to securely lock your bike, including a new secure cycle shelter at the Lower Mountjoy Teaching and Learning Centre. Open Cycle Maps show many locations of these stands and is regularly updated.

Access to the shelter is via a swipe card system using your campus ID card. Students wishing to use the shelter are asked to email who will then confirm when access will be available (usually an overnight process). Users of the shelter are reminded to secure their bikes to the Sheffield stands available within the shelter.

Operation Spoke (Security marking for bicycles)

Members of staff and students in Durham 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.

University Cycle to Work Schemes

Are you looking to purchase a bike? As part of the University’s benefits, eligible members of staff can access cycle schemes through the My Durham benefits platform. Why not visit the cycle scheme website (if this link does not work please copy the following url to find out more details on the schemes available. Staff can also gain discounts on accessories and servicing from selected local retailers, details of which can be found on the My Durham platform. Please note that you will need to contact the Reward Team to check your eligibility and request an account for My Durham before you will be able to access the above.

Purchasing a Bike

Recyke y'bike now have premises in Durham which run by volunteers who are all cycling-enthusiasts. The shop, which is located at 25 North Road (near Durham Bus Station) 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)
  • Bike servicing and repairs
  • Bike maintenance and mechanic training
  • Cycle 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.

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 the following locations:

  • Lower Mountjoy (Science Site) Security Office (near the car barrier)
  • Palace Green Security Office, Durham