Travel by Bike

Encouraging staff and student cycling at the University of Exeter

Travelling by Bicycle

NEWS NOV: 2022 

Devon County Council’s Road Safety Scheme has approached the University to see whether staff who cycle to work are interested in borrowing a cycle camera. They have both helmet and handlebar mounted versions.  The cameras can be lent for up to a year or longer if needed. It is part of their attempts to improve safety on the roads, gather evidence and improve police response rates to incidents. You need to fill in this Bike Camera form and send it back to Matthew McDonald at the Road Safety Help Desk


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.

Co Bikes

Co Bikes e-bike network is an affordable, fun and sustainable way to get around Exeter. Because the bikes are electrically assisted, cycling is a breeze – even uphill!

You can find Co Bikes docking stations on both our Streatham and St Luke’s campuses, making travelling between the two sites quick and easy.

Co Bikes have a range of tariffs - visit their website for up-to-date information.  


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

The University will reimburse the costs of necessary business travel. This is defined as travel from one workplace to another on University business, enabling staff to perform their work duties. Staff who use their own bicycle for business travel can claim a cycle mileage rate of 20p per mile.

Agreement should be obtained from your line manager/cost code budget holder before any such travel is undertaken or claim submitted. Details of how to claim agreed cycle mileage can be found here.

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.  If you haven't cycled to work before why not give it a go and come along to a cycling event on 16 and 17 Nov 2022 - more details can be found here. 

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 the Pay and Benefits team.

Co Bikes

University of Exeter employees have access to a corporate offer with the city’s sustainable travel, on demand electric bike hire scheme, Co Bikes. Simply download the nextbike app from your preferred app store and use your University of Exeter email address to register to benefit from the Corporate BikeRider minutes bundle.

How it works

University of Exeter employees are now eligible to buy a BikeRider 600 minutes bundle.

What does that mean?

You can now buy our corporate BikeRider 600 minutes bundle. This gives you 600 minutes of cycling for only £25, reducing the cost of renting our e-bikes to just over 4p a minute.

The minutes can be used at any time, so you can commute to work, pop out to a meeting, or even run errands at the weekend by bike rather than car.

Sounds great! How does it work?

It’s really simple. Just pick the option below that best describes you.

If you have a query or are experiencing any problems buying your minutes bundle, then get in touch with our customer services team who will be happy to help.

I’m new to Co Bikes – where do I start?

To use Co Bikes, register via the nextbike app. Search ‘nextbike’ in your app store.

When completing your registration, make sure you use your work email address when filling out your profile details.

You will receive an email from nextbike asking you to confirm your email address. Can’t see it? Don’t forget to check your spam!

I’ve already registered to use Co Bikes with my work email address

Contact the customer services team who will make sure your account is enabled to buy the BikeRider 600.

I’ve already registered to use Co Bikes with my personal email address

Contact the customer services team who will update your account details so you can buy the BikeRider 600.

Ready to buy your bargain BikeRider 600? Don’t forget to associate a payment method with your account first.

If you use iOS…

  • Open the nextbike app
  • Tap on the menu top left
  • Then go to Account Settings / Subscriptions
  • Tap ‘BikeRider 600 Corporate’
  • Tap ‘Book Tariff’ and off you go!

If you use Android…

  • Open the nextbike app
  • Tap on the menu top left
  • Then go to Wallet and select ‘Buy Tariff / Add Partner’
  • Tap ‘BikeRider 600 (Corporate)’
  • Tap ‘Continue to booking’
  • Select ‘Buy now for £25.00’ and off you go!

 Full terms & conditions can be found on the Co Bikes website

Unicycle is the University’s Bicycle User Group (BUG) with membership open to all University staff and students. You will typically receive a monthly email newsletter with details of bike-related opportunities, developments and initiatives relevant to the University. It will also include details of upcoming sustainability events on the Exeter campuses; where services such as free bike safety checks and free bike security marking are offered. Other benefits of being part of the Unicycle group via this mailing list are listed below.

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!

If you would like to join the Unicycle mailing list and are happy to receive these emails, please use the subscribe now link below to sign up. 

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All data we hold will be stored and processed in compliance with both the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link that will feature in any future emails you receive, or by contacting

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 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 team at St Luke's between 10am-2pm Monday to Friday.

Be secure - buy a D lock (£15) from the Car Parking team at St Luke's 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 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 

Useful contacts

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 10% discount on cycle hire. To take advantage of this offer, show your University ID card.


Co-bikes is an on-street, public hire electric bike network based in Exeter and the University has docking stations on its Streatham and St Luke's campuses. Co-bikes provide an affordable, smart, fun and easy electric cycle service for the city and beyond, using smart technology and mobile apps. It is an A-B bike hire service, where bikes can be hired and returned to any docking station on the Co-bikes network. For full details of the locations and how to use visit the Co-bikes website here.

Second hand cycles

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