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Cycling


At Leeds Beckett, we love cycling and want as many students as possible to feel the same way. 

Student Bike Hire

Did you know you can hire a bike to get around while you're at Leeds Beckett?

Bike hire contracts are for up to three months at a time. If you need the bike for longer you simply renew your contract online via the link we send out to you. The cost is £35 for the first hire period plus £50 deposit. If you decide to renew your contract for another three months the cost is £10 and the final three months is £5. You can usually keep your bike into the summer until we need them back for servicing in August. Masters students can keep bikes into September

Most of our bikes are 21 speed Ridgebacks and are fitted with a good quality D-lock, front and rear lights, 21 gears, puncture resistant tyres, mudguards and a pannier luggage rack. You can choose from a crossbar or a step-through frame but please be aware we have a limited supply of each type.

Where can I hire a bike from?
Simply visit the Bike Hub or BikeFix workshops and take your student ID, a valid email address and mobile phone number. You will need to a hire agreement and pay your hire fee and deposit via our online store or by cash or cheque at either workshop.

What else do I need to know?
When you hire a bike from us you are responsible for looking after it and ensuring it is maintained and kept in good condition, our workshops are here to help you with this. We also recommend that you take out insurance against theft of the bike. You can do so through your home insurance or specialist cycle insurance.

Bike Maintenance

Our BikeFix maintenance workshop is based at Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus, located in room B07 at the back of the James Graham building. We’re open 12:00 -16:00 on Mondays and 08:00-11:00 on Tuesdays to give you help and support in maintaining and repairing your bike. We have a range of facilities on site including bike repair stands, bicycle track pumps, basic spares, lubricants, cleaning materials and a range of tools to help you get the job done!

If you’re in the city then pop down to the Bike Hub which is a facility we share with Leeds University, where offer the same services. Open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 12:00 - 16:00 in term time.

There are outdoor bicycle repair stands, complete with essential tools, next to the cycle parking outside Campus Central at Headingley Campus and on the Civic Hall side of the Rose bowl. As  Leeds University's campus has two under the canopy at the Social Sciences Building and at the top of the ramp by the Roger Stevens building.

If all you need is a pump both of the Student hubs have track pumps behind the counters that they can loan you.

See the Cycling and Walking Guide for maps showing how to find the workshops

Plus Icon Where can I fix my own bike on campus?

Our BikeFix and Bike Hub facilities are open to both students and staff to help you get the most out of cycling and keep your bike in top condition.

We offer everything you need to maintain your bike, as well as the opportunity to get maintenance advice from bike mechanics and perform routine maintenance on your bike yourself.

BikeFix

Headingley Campus is home to the BikeFix workshop, in Room B07 at the rear of the James Graham Building, providing a base and facilities for bike hire and servicing, bike maintenance, safety information and route advice.

Facilities:

  • Three bike repair stands
  • Bicycle track pumps
  • Basic spares eg inner tubes, puncture repair kits, lights, locks
  • Good range of tools
  • Lubricants and cleaning materials
  • Maps and information

Opening times:
Monday: 12:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 08:00 - 11:00

There will be experienced members of the team, usually our qualified mechanic, available for advice and guidance.

Self-help maintenance sessions are available during our usual opening hours. Simply turn up and use the tools, materials and equipment with guidance from the team, to help you keep your bike safe and fit for the road.

Bike Hub

The Bike Hub is a shared facility with the University of Leeds and is only 5 minutes from the Rose Bowl, ideally situated for students and staff based at City Campus. It provides a base and facilities for bike hire issuing and servicing, bike maintenance, safety information and route advice.

Facilities:

  • Bike repair stands
  • Bicycle track pumps
  • Basic spares eg inner tubes, puncture repair kits, lights, locks
  • Good range of tools
  • Lubricants and cleaning materials
  • Maps and information

Opening times:
Tuesday: 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 12:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 12:00 - 16:00

There will be experienced members of the team available for advice and guidance, along with a qualified bike mechanic to give you the support you need.

Drop in sessions run during our usual opening hours to provide free self-help maintenance sessions to all students and staff. Just turn up and use the tools, materials and equipment with guidance from the team.

Dr Bike sessions

We also provide monthly Dr Bike sessions where your bike can have a free health check with the bike doctor! This is a pop-up surgery where you can access the following services:

  • Free bike check.
  • Free brake and gear adjustments.
  • Lock and light sales
  • Replacement parts (small charge).
  • Advice on routes and cycling in Leeds.

It is open for staff and students generally on the first Monday of the month (see plasma screens for details), 10:00 – 14:00, in the Rose Bowl Atrium, level 1

Plus Icon What facilities are there for students cycling to uni on campus (cycle parking, showers, lockers)?

There are a range of secure parking, shower and locker facilities available to students. These interactive maps or this printable list will help identify them. Please note some facilities are staff only. If you are unsure or need help email transport@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Headingley
City
Plus Icon Where can I hire a bike from?

We have our own student bike hire scheme. You can hire a bike for £35 for the first three months or £50 for the whole academic year (£35 for first quarter, £10 for second quarter, £5 for the third quarter and free for the final quarter - summer period).

How to Get a Bike

  • Bikes can be collected from our Bike Hub (on the University of Leeds campus but only a few minutes walk from the Rose Bowl), or BikeFix, our workshop at the back of the James Graham Building on Headingley campus.
  • The Bike Hub is normally open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12.00 - 16.00 and BikeFix is open Monday 12:00 - 16:00 and Tuesday 08:00 - 11:00.
  • Take your Student ID or proof that you have registered with the University, payment, a valid email address and a mobile phone number.

Charges and Payment

A hire agreement needs to be signed and the hire fee and deposit paid on receipt of the hire bike. Hirers need to look after the bike, ensuring it is maintained in good condition.

  • Up to a full academic year: £50.00 (£35 for first quarter, £10 for second quarter, £5 for third quarter, free for the final period - summer period)
  • Up to 3 months: £35.00
  • Short term hire 1 week: £20.00 (each additional week £5.00)
  • £50.00 returnable deposit is required for all hire and payments are by cash, cheque or the online store in advance.

We recommend that insurance is taken out on the bicycle.

Contact Numbers

Bike Hub: 0113 343 9179

BikeFix: 0113 812 9350

Plus Icon How do I plan my journey by bike?

Beat the traffic and get there quicker than sitting on a bus by using the tools suggested below to plan your cycle journey.

This video shows the quietest route between the two campuses.

The West Yorkshire Online Cycle Map shows all the cycling infrastructure in the area

For step-by-step directions, a map of your route and journey times try the Cycle Streets journey planner. You can also choose from the quickest or most recreational routes.

Download our Cycling and Walking Map or pick up a copy from the Student Hub.

Leeds City Council have produced guides to cycle routes in Leeds that avoid the busier main roads, including routes to our campuses. Click on 'Documents' at the left of the page to view a list of cycle route maps available.

Plus Icon Can I take my bike on trains?
Plus Icon Volunteering
We are always happy to welcome volunteers to work with us in our maintenance workshops and to help promote the benefits of cycling.

What we are looking for:
We have opportunities for student volunteers to work in the Bike Hub and Bikefix helping with bike hire, maintenance and administration.

Benefits of volunteering:
An interest in cycling is just the start. You will be working with people who are passionate about cycling and sustainability. Volunteering with us will give you the chance to enhance your CV through learning about bikes and cycling and we will arrange training by approved organisations so you are competent and confident in your skills. Many volunteers manage to use quiet times in the workshop to keep their own bikes in top condition. We send out committed volunteers on accredited cycle training courses to help improve their skills.
Interested?
contact transport@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

This page was last modified: 24/09/2018

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