Cycle to Work Day is the UK’s biggest cycling commuting event. Choosing to commute by cycling is a great way to improve fitness, reduce stress, and take positive action for our planet. You can find out all about the impacts of cycling at Love to Ride.
How to get involved
It’s easy: sign up at Love to Ride and log your ride on Thursday August 4th – it’s free and it only takes a minute. Here you can also set goals, upload photos or share your reasons for riding. To record your ride, you can do it manually or connect a smartphone app (such as Strava). It doesn’t matter how often, far or fast you cycle – every ride enters the draw for a chance to win one of the amazing prizes: from £1,800 to spend at Freewheel, a bike up to value of £1,500 from Freewheel, to bike hire membership, books, bike locks and more.
Love to Ride in numbers
Since its launch in 2019, the community has counted:
– 38,353,055 miles ridden
– 3,034,936 rides logged
– 6,276,400 lb CO2 saved
Cycling at Salford
On our Sustainable Travel webpage you can find information about the cycling facilities on campus, including parking and showers, as well as security, routes and training.
All students and staff interested in cycling can also join the Cycle User Group on Teams. The group is open to all and it’s a great place to stay up to date with all cycling-related news from around the University.
Earlier this year, we have also been recognised as a Cycle Friendly Employer! We’re currently working on improving the quality and accessibility of cycling facilities on campus. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please get in touch with the Environmental Sustainability Team!
There are also two schemes available to staff members:
- Cycle2Work Scheme
The scheme is part of the University’s commitment to encouraging sustainable methods of travel. In the scheme the University purchases cycles for employees to use for their commute to work. In exchange for the provision of the cycle, participating employees agree to a reduction in salary to cover the hire charge each month, repaying part of the initial cost to the University and benefiting from tax and National Insurance savings via the salary sacrifice arrangement. You can spend up to £2,000 and then pay for it over 12 months. The scheme is available to most staff and it’s an opportunity to save at least 32% on bikes and accessories from retailers such as Halford, Tredz, and a large network of independent bike shops.
- E-Bike Hire Scheme
The scheme was launched earlier this year, in partnership with Manchester Bikes. It gives participants an opportunity to try out an electric bike for free for up to 4 weeks. It’s a great option especially for longer commutes. The package deal includes locks, lights, helmet (if requested) plus full support & maintenance. After the trial, the e-bike can be returned, rented or purchased.
Here you can find all the details and register your interest.
- Bee Network Cycle Hire Scheme
Bee Network Cycle Hire is Greater Manchester’s first publicly operated, self-service, 24/7 cycle hire scheme, and plays a key part of Greater Manchester’s plan to provide a fully-integrated, London-style public transport system and become carbon neutral by 2038. Since November last year, the University of Salford has had exclusive access to the scheme as part of the limited trial; the scheme will be rolled out across Greater Manchester this summer.
You can find out more on the TfGM website.