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Active travel

Try changing your commute to travel by foot, bike or scooter to boost wellbeing, increase fitness, save money and reduce environmental impact.

We fully appreciate that active travel to campus may not be possible or realistic for everyone. However, for those who are able, you can plan your journey here.

Commuting accounts for , representing a significant area where staff and students' choices can make a big impact on our road to Net Zero by 2040.

Benefits of active travel

Mixing up your commute and travelling by foot, bike or scooter can help you:

  • feel better - clear your head and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of being active outside, and avoid the stress of being stuck in congestion or crowded buses
  • save money - avoid costly travel and parking costs and save on a gym membership
  • improve health - active travel is an easy way to fit exercise into your life. Walking from Bath city centre to campus takes just 40 minutes and clocks up 2,900 steps!
  • discover great places in your local community and enjoy a commute with friends or colleagues
  • reduce carbon emissions - by walking or cycling instead of driving from Bath city centre to campus for just one week (5 days), you could reduce your carbon footprint by 7kg
  • improve air quality - ditch the car and help reduce local air pollution

Cycle to campus

When planning your route, bear in mind that Bathwick Hill is usually quite busy so we'd recommend cycling up North Road or Widcombe instead. Cycle down Bathwick Hill as this is the widest and best illuminated road into the city. You can read more provided by fellow cyclists.

Borrow a bike and equipment

  • the for free with SU Sport Membership
  • loan a bike from - regular, folding and electric bikes available to anyone, and they even offer too
  • members of staff and postgraduate students can hire an electric bike from Take Charge Bikes for free for up to two weeks
  • for a range of alternative and accessible bike types, offer regular sessions where you can try out different bikes to suit your needs

Buy a bike and equipment

You can buy fully serviced second-hand bikes from in Bath - a great way to save money and support a local charity. They also sell new bikes and equipment.

If you're a member of staff, you can use the salary sacrifice scheme to buy a bike and accessories and save tax and national insurance. Interest-free loans are also available to buy a bike.

If you're a student or staff member, you can and collect them from the Security desk in the Library.

Bike maintenance

For bike maintenance, you can:

  • borrow a bicycle repair kit and pump from the Security desk in the Library
  • use the self-service repair station outside the Chancellors' Building, provided by the SU
  • visit in Bath, which offers servicing and repairs, and book a to learn how to look after your bike yourself

Cycling community

If you're a member of staff or a student, you can join the growing community of cycling commuters at the University for advice, activities, and events by or joining the .

If you're a student, you can join the friendly and enjoy weekly activities for all types of riders.

Walk to campus

If you don't fancy committing to walking the full route each day, consider walking half way and then catching a bus or take the bus to campus and walk home at the end of the day (a great way to clear your head after a busy day).

Plan your route

Walking to campus from elsewhere in Bath is easy if you follow one of the scenic and accessible routes in the Walking Network, put together by the University and Bath and North East Somerset Council. There are four routes that cross the city, each one passing the campus - download a handy PDF map or view on . Look out for the logo at each location marked on the map to help guide your route.

Walking down the hill from campus into Bath offers beautiful views across the city and is a great way to clear your head at the end of the day, and you can enjoy an easy walk home with friends. Widcombe Hill is a great option for this.

For a longer but more scenic route between the University and the city centre, there is .

To build confidence and fitness, or if you aren't able to walk a commute and would like to enjoy the benefits of active travel, there is a beautiful and easy-to-follow woodland walk around campus.

For those walking along waterways, this is a great , and use this to plan your route

E-scooters and e-bikes

If walking or cycling aren't for you, you can still get your daily dose of fresh air by taking an e-scooter to campus (it's also a great way to split your route up if you want to walk through the city and just take the scooter up the last bit of the hill).

In Bath, you can rent scooters from the government-backed trial operated by Tier. To rent an e-scooter:

  1. Download the app and register an account.
  2. Be over 18, hold a provisional or full driving licence, and accept Tier's user agreement.
  3. Follow the instructions on the app to rent for a single trip or to get a commute pass (Tier offers a 35% discount for University staff and students through the UK Access Scheme).
  4. Plan your route - a map on the Tier app shows you the area in which you can use the e-scooter, slow zones and designated parking zones.
  5. Pop your helmet on and enjoy the ride.
  6. Park up in one of the designated parking zones shown on the app.
  7. End your ride in the app.

If you're new to e-scooters and e-bikes, read .

Facilities

Showers

There are many showers on campus available for you to use when you arrive. See shower locations in:

  • the underdeck
  • 4 West
  • 10 West
  • 4 East South

As a student, you can activate your to make use of the showers (and a wide range of other sports facilities) in the Sports Training Village for when you arrive on campus.

Lockers

Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are located with all showers - you will need your own padlock to secure them.

Lockers are also available in the Sports Training Village - they do not require a padlock and can be used for up to three hours.

Bicycle storage

There are plenty of bike storage options available for you to securely keep your bicycle on and off campus and you can view these locations marked on this campus map.

We recommend securing your bike with a D-lock as these are more secure than cable or chain locks. Buy and collect from the Security desk in the Library.

Water

Stay hydrated and fill up your water bottle at any of the catering outlets on campus or use this . There is also a water fountain in Virgil Building.

Download the to find other places you can top up on campus and throughout Bath.

Staying safe

However you plan to travel actively, make sure you wear bright, reflective clothing and a helmet.

Read this and use this to plan your route.

If travelling in the dark, remember to:

  • travel with others, or let a friend or family member know when and where you're going
  • use an app such as , WhatsApp live location or to let them track you on your journey

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