Cycling at SLC

In line with our environmentally-friendly policies, we’re working hard to promote cycling to encourage more students and staff to cycle to college

You’ll find information and advice here about cycle-safety, bike maintenance, route planning and the cycling initiatives undertaken by the College.

CYCLING FACILITIES

There are two covered cycle shelters on campus. One is built into the front of the main building and is CCTV-monitored 24/7, and the other is next to the annex building.

There are two self-service bike repair stations on campus: one located at each cycle shelter. These stations are equipped with a track pump and a range of tools to allow you to complete repairs and adjustments. 

There are changing rooms, showers and lockers available to staff. These are located next to the main building cycle shelter and can be accessed by scanning your staff card. The lockers can be secured with a padlock, so remember to bring your own.

BICYCLE USER GROUP (BUG)

The Bicycle User Group is open to all staff and students at South Lanarkshire College regardless of cycling ability. The group can be used to learn more about cycling and cycling events at college, discuss cycling with other members and ask for advice.

The group can be found by searching for SLC_Bicycle User Group on Microsoft Teams.

ESSENTIAL CYCLING SKILLS

Cycling Scotland has produced an Essential Cycling Skills Quick Guide. This guide has lots of useful illustrated information on choosing a cycle and kit, cycling skills and cycling advice.

Cycling Scotland offers an Essential Cycling Skills practical course. This course is designed to help anyone who wants to develop their skills and confidence on a cycle. The course can be tailored to your needs and there are modules available for absolute beginners, people wanting to start cycling on the road, everyday commuters and families.

Cycling Scotland has produced a series of Essential Cycling Skills videos which can be accessed.

Cycling Scotland has produced a useful free app which can help both new and returning cyclists brush up on the essential skills needed for safe cycling. You can find the Essential Cycling Skills app on the app store. A desktop version can be accessed here.

POOL BIKES, AFFORDABLE BIKES AND BIKE DONATION

Pool Bikes 

South Lanarkshire College has a pool of bikes that are available to hire. There are six hybrid bikes that are available to staff and students and two e-bikes that are available to staff.

To hire a bike, please follow these steps:
1. Contact sustainability@slc.ac.uk to arrange a booking and receive a user agreement form
2. Complete and submit the user agreement form
3. If applicable, pay the hiring fee
4. Receive an induction on the working elements of the bike
5. Receive the bike and cycling equipment including a helmet, a D-lock and a set of lights
6. Enjoy your time on the bike!

For more information please contact sustainability@slc.ac.uk.

Affordable Bikes and Bike Donation 

To find good quality refurbished bikes at affordable prices near to South Lanarkshire College check out Donate Your Bike Glasgow. You can also donate your unwanted bike to one of these local organisations.

CYCLESCHEME

South Lanarkshire College employees can save money on cycling through Cyclescheme.

Cyclescheme is an employee benefit that saves you 25-39% on a cycle and accessories. You can request a certificate up to a value of £2,000. You pay nothing upfront and the payments are taken tax efficiently from your salary by your employer.

Check out the Cyclescheme website or contact Human Resources for more information.

PLANNING YOUR JOURNEY

Route Planning 

 

There are many great online tools that can be used to plan a journey. These include:
Cycle Streets
Google Maps
Sustrans
Mapometer

Cycling and Public Transport

• Bicycles can be taken on Scotrail trains for free but you may need to reserve a space on some services. Find out more here.
• East Kilbride train station has sheltered cycle storage facilities. Find out more here.
• Folding bicycles can be taken on First Buses. You should fold and keep them in an appropriate space which is considerate of others. Find out more here.

CYCLE SECURITY

Tips for Cycle Security

Consider insurance:
It may be that your home insurance policy covers your cycle automatically or it could be something you have to add as an extra. Check what supporting information your insurer might need to support a claim such as a purchase receipt, serial number or a photograph of the cycle.
Register and mark your cycle:
You can register your cycle on the national police-approved database for free, mark and protect your cycle using a security marking kit and apply a warning label to your cycle to help deter theft. More information on how to do this is available here.
Keep a record of your cycle:
Keep a copy of your purchase receipt, take note of your cycle’s serial number and take photographs of your cycle – paying attention to any distinguishable features – in case your cycle is stolen.

Tips for Securely Locking Your Cycle

Lock your cycle in a safe location:
Always lock your cycle and secure it to an immovable object such as a cycle rack that is fixed to the ground.

  • Park your cycle in a busy or well-lit area.
  • Don’t park your cycle in the same spot every day to prevent it being spotted by thieves.
  • Park your cycle considerately where it will not cause obstruction or danger to others.

Invest in good locks:
Not all locks will keep your cycle safe from theft and a poor-quality lock can be easily sawn off, smashed or bolt cut in seconds. Do some research to find which locks are most suitable for you and look for locks with the Sold Secure rating.

Invest in two locks:
Ensure you can secure the frame and both wheels to the immovable object. You can use one lock to secure the front wheel and frame to the immovable object and the second lock to secure the back wheel and frame to the immovable object. If you don’t have two locks, you can detach the front wheel and place it next to your back wheel then secure both wheels and the frame to the immovable object.

Invest in two different kinds of locks:
Having two different kinds of locks makes it more difficult for a thief to steal your cycle as they would need tools to break both locks.

Consider the placement of your locks:

  • Keep your locks above the ground to help stop thieves from breaching your locks by smashing them on the ground.
  • Keep your locks in difficult to access areas to help stop thieves from picking the locks.
  • Use all the space inside of the lock to help stop leverage attacks.

Keep your accessories safe:
When you park your cycle ensure that you have secured or removed any accessories or removable items that could be stolen. This may include lights, panniers and GPS. If you have an expensive saddle, consider securing or removing that too.

Watch the following videos for more information on cycle security:
Sustrans – top tips for bicycle security
Cycling London – How to properly lock your bike

CYCLE MAINTENANCE

There are two self-service bike repair stations on campus: one located at each cycle shelter. These stations are equipped with a track pump and a range of tools to allow you to complete repairs and adjustments.

Watch the following videos for tips on cycle maintenance:
How to check your cycle is safe to ride
How to repair a puncture
How to complete roadside repairs
How to clean your cycle

You can find more useful guides at MadeGood and BikeRide.