Travel by Bike

Encouraging staff and student cycling at the University of Exeter

Travelling by bicycle

Exeter is a cycle friendly city with a range of traffic-free cycle routes which enable easy cycle commuting to the campuses, and provide fantastic leisure cycling opportunities for the weekend:

The University actively promotes cycling as a healthy travel option for journeys to, from and between the campuses. Why not plan your journey on the web or using a smart phone app.

To encourage our staff and students to cycle we offer a range of cycling incentives - see the tabs below for further details.

Cycle parking

The University provides a range of cycle parking facilities across the Exeter campuses. To find your nearest cycle parking facility, use the campus map.

Please make sure you always use designated cycle parking facilities and follow our cycle parking policy. Cycles deemed to be parked inappropriately, or which have been abandoned, will be dealt with via our abandoned cycles procedure.


There are a range of shower and changing facilities available for use by staff and students. A full list of available facilities are listed here and can also be viewed on the sustainability campus map.

Cycle mileage

Staff who cycle on their own bicycle in the course of their work can claim a cycle mileage rate of 20p per mile. To claim cycle mileage, contact Expenses.

What is the cycle to work scheme?

The cycle to work scheme offers employees the opportunity to purchase a brand new bike and accessories from a range of participating local stores, save income tax and national insurance on the cost of the bike, and spread this cost over a 12 month period.

How does it work?

1. Choose a bike and safety accessories from a participating cycle store and obtain a quote;

2. Go to the University's Cycle to work scheme website and request a letter of collection;

3. When you have received your Letter of Collection, take it to your chosen cycle store in exchange for a bike and accessories;

4. Payments will be made via salary exchange and deducted from your gross monthly salary;

5. The scheme will run for 12 months and the first deduction from salary will be made on the first available pay date after your application has been approved by HR.

For full details on how to apply, please see the Cycle to Work how to apply document‌. 

Further information 

For further details on the scheme, take a look at the cycle to work scheme website.  If you have any queries, please contact Becky Allen in Human Resources.

Cycle hire

If you would like to hire a bike, or if you would like to purchase a low cost second hand one, there are a range of options available:

Saddles & Paddles

Hire a bike from local cycle store Saddles & Paddles on Exeter Quay and receive a 20% discount on cycle hire. To take advantage of this offer, show your University ID card.

Brompton Dock

Hire a Brompton folding bike from Exeter St David's railway station and receive a discount on registration. To take advantage of this offer, register online with your University email address.

Second hand cycles

 Purchase a low-cost pre-loved bike from a range of local cycle charities:

Unicycle is the University’s Bicycle User Group (BUG) with membership open to all University staff and students.

Benefits of membership:

  • Priority booking for Dr Bike;
  • Learn about upcoming cycle events;
  • Find out about cycling incentives, such as Cyclescheme and bike discounts;
  • Advice on cycling at the University, and throughout Devon and Cornwall;
  • Take part in discussions about the needs of University cyclists.

Join now!

Email Unicycle.

Become a fan of University of Exeter Unicycle on Facebook.

Join us on Twitter @UniofExCyclists.

Dr Bike

Take advantage of free Dr Bike safety check-ups held by a trained cycle mechanic from local bike shop Saddles & Paddles.

What is Dr Bike?

During the free safety check up, the mechanic will run through your bike, returning and adjusting brakes and gears where necessary and will make recommendations for any further work needed. Where time allows, minor work like replacing brake pads or cables can be completed, for discounted parts-only cost.

Should any further work be necessary, University staff and students get a discount on parts and servicing at Saddles & Paddles, based on Exeter Quay.

How to book?

To book your free 15-minute safety check up, join Unicycle.

To see the latest Dr Bike schedule, visit our events page.

Safe cycling

Be visible - buy a set of LED cycle lights (£8) from the Car Parking Desk at the University Main Reception (above the Great hall Piazza off of Stocker Road) between 10am-2pm Monday to Friday.

Be secure - buy a D lock (£15) from the Car Parking Desk at the University Main Reception (above the Great hall Piazza off of Stocker Road) between 10am-2pm Monday to Friday; and use the locked cycle facilities at Streatham (Sports Park, The Forum, Nash Grove) and St Luke's (Club Alley and College House). Contact Estate Patrol for access codes.

Be safe - obey the law and learn how to ride a bike safely.

Be registered - attend one of our Safety and Security events in October to register your bike on the free national Bike Register database.

Cycle confidence skills and training

Devon County Council provide free two hour cycle confidence sessions for adults who live, work or study in Devon. Training is provided by a fully Qualified National Standard Cycle Instructor. Whether getting on a bike for the first time or tackling a particularly tricky section of a journey, the training is tailor-made to your needs!

Student cycle tagging

Hall residents must have their cycle registered and tagged. Registration may prevent impoundment, and aids in the recovery of lost or stolen bicycles. 

Tagging point Residence 
St David's Office  St David's and Bonhay House 
Birks Grange Central Reception  Cook and Llewellyn Mews, Kind Edward Court, Birks Grange and Moberly
Lopes Reception  Lopes Hall, Pennsylvania Court, Lafrowda Cottage and Ransom Pickard 
Holland Hall Reception  Holland Hall, Mardon Hall, Nash Grove, Clydesdale Rise and Clydesdale Court 


Pool Bike Scheme

To help you travel sustainably to and from meetings, there are two pool bikes located at St Luke's which are available to use on business by all University employees.

The bikes, a ladies small hybrid and a gents medium hybrid, are free to use and are stored in the cycle lockers outside North Cloisters.

How to book a Pool Bike

To become a registered pool bike user you must visit the St Luke's Porters Lodge to:

  • Have an informal induction.
  • Read Detailed Guidance Notes
  • Fill in a New Pool Bike User Form.
  • Check the Pool Bike and accessories in/out by signing the form.