Dr Bike from the charity Re-Cycle visits the Colchester Campus, North Towers Causeway fortnightly, every other Wednesday morning in term time between 8.30am - 2.30pm. The service is weather dependent. The team offers free checks as well as providing servicing, repairs and affordable second-hand bikes. You can find out more information at the price list for 2021.
Out of term the nearest bike servicing shops are Cycle King.
Facilities and parking
The University has over 50 cycle lockers available to hire. There are larger lockers in both the male and female changing rooms which are located on level 3, in the 2001 building (accessed by Square 4 entrance next to the Extra Store), and smaller lockers (big enough to fit a cycle helmet and a pair of shoes) located next to the cycle rack under the podia adjacent to the STEM building.
To hire a large locker in the changing rooms you will need to pay a £50 deposit of which £40 is refundable when you return your key; to hire a small locker next to STEM you will need to pay a £25 deposit of which £20 is refundable when you return your key.
Our Colchester Campus showers and changing rooms are open and available for use. These are located in 5N.3.4 and 5N.3.5.
There is a cycle park adjacent to Rayleigh Tower at the end of the cycle path
between Boundary Road and the North Towers causeway. CCTV and lighting covers
the park and there are places for 272 bicycles.
Cycle racks are located in the following locations:
North Towers causeway
Copse Boundary Road
Under podia under Square 5
Under podia Waterstones
Constable car park
Old Sports Arena
Cycle fixing station and bike pump
We have two fixing stations and pumps where cyclists can undertake minor repairs and pump up tyres. The first is located at the cycle park under podia below Square 5 (accessed via the curved path in front of the Ivor Crewe), the second is located at the cycle path alongside Rayleigh Tower.
Cycling reward initiative
We have been working alongside ParkSmart, our parking management system and have come up with a way to reward our staff members who cycle to work on a regular basis.
For many of cyclists, you ride a bike to work for a number of reasons;
It’s a good form of exercise
It’s cost efficient
It’s easier and less stressful than driving through traffic
It makes you feel good
It’s a sustainable, environmentally friendly mode of transport which is good for the planet.
We also understand that some days, for whatever reason it may be, you would rather drive a car.
For this reason, we would like to reward cyclists a day’s free parking every month. There would be no expiry on each one you receive therefore, can be accrued throughout the year for colder (wetter) months.
Although this is a trust based incentive program, and because this is only for cyclists, we will require evidence in the form of a photograph of you on your bike, on campus. You will also need to download the ParkSmart app, using your University login credentials to create an account.
More effort is being made to encourage and accommodate cyclists on campus with more cycling provisions being implemented in the near future.