Cycling and walking

Cycling is good for your health, your pocket and the environment! It’s also often the fastest way of getting about in urban areas. 

Cycle facilities

Across our campuses there are around 4,650 cycle parking spaces, including a number of covered and access-controlled cycle stores. Interactive maps show the location of cycle parking and give details of access arrangements and nearest showers.

The University has invested heavily in cycle paths and facilities on campus, with showers, lockers and drying cabinets installed as standard in new builds. 

Hiring or purchasing a bike

Ucycle Nottingham offers a low-cost bike hire scheme for students and staff wanting to get about on two wheels. Bikes can be hired for one semester or an academic year.

Staff members are able to hire a bike on a long-term basis through the Cycle to Work scheme.

There is also a pool bike scheme at King's Meadow Campus for those wanting to cycle between campuses. Staff can borrow bikes from reception on a daily basis.

Citycard Cycles, operated by Nottingham City Council, are available to hire from University of Nottingham campuses. Bikes are available to hire from £1 for an hour. Robin Hood season card holders are eligible for discounted longer term Citycard Cycle hire.

Cycle routes & maps

Nottingham has lots of safe cycle routes, many of which are off road, including the car-free Big Track route that runs alongside the River Trent and canal. Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council publish maps of local cycle routes.


Cycle City Ambition Programme

Nottingham City Council has secured £6.1 million to invest in and kickstart an overhaul of Nottingham's cycle facilities.

As part of the cross-city cycle routes project, the Western Corridor will offer a high quality, priority route from the city centre along Castle Boulevard and Abbey Street, connecting to University Boulevard via City Road. Other plans include enhanced cycle facilities in and around Wollaton Park, improvements to Lenton Green Corridor, and a continuous route alongside the River Leen.

Dr Bike

Dr Bike is an on-site bike maintenance service. The Dr Bike mechanic will give cycles a thorough check and make any minor repairs such as changing brake blocks and tightening brakes. 

Sessions take place at each campus every month and dates are advertised on the Sustainability Facebook page and on Twitter. The service is free, but you must book in advance.



We are proud of our award-winning campuses, so why not explore them on foot? A series of garden walk guides are available for University Park - widely regarded as one of the largest and most attractive campuses in the country.

Nottingham has its very own walkit online urban route planner that provides walking route maps between locations within the city. You can find out how far the route is, how long it will take (at a slow, medium or fast pace), how many calories will be burnt and how much CO2 will be saved by not taking the car, bus or tram. 


Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD