Cycling is the fastest way of getting round the city, and the William Gates Building hosts what has been described by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign as the “highest quality cycle park in the city”.
This page provides information about cycling in Cambridge.
Bike parking and storage
On-site cycle park
The outdoor cycle park is considered to be the “best in the universe-ity”!
Bicycles can be parked under the huge white tents in front of the Computer Laboratory. These tents are fulling illuminated at night.
Due to the high numbers of bikes in the City, bike theft is common,
so for your own security please ensure your bikes are
The Computer Laboratory takes no responsibility for any losses or damage to any bikes parked on site.
Whilst bikes should be secured in the bike park, it is permitted for folding bikes to be brought into the lab and stored in your office so long as:
- it remains folded and is carried rather than wheeled into the lab
- it does not get in the way of your colleagues if you share an office.
Staff indoor bike shed
This shed includes indoor racks, a bike tool kit and a clothing drying room.
The Computer Lab bike
There is a Computer Lab bike available for those Computer Lab staff members who are in an emergency and may wish to borrow it, i.e. you have a puncture and need to be in town for lectures.
The bike is kept in the staff bike shed (GW18). The keys for the bike-lock are kept in the saddlebag. Locks MUST be used to secure the bike when in your possession, and the keys returned to the saddlebag when the bike is returned.
Should the bike need any repairs, please email building services and inform them of the fault. Thank you.
Secure parking at the train station
If you prefer to come to Cambridge by train, there is a secure bike storage facility at the train station, run by Station Cycles.
- Premier bike lock (outdoor) – located outside the station entrance, you get a secure frame to house your bike, guaranteeing you can always find a bike space.
- Valet secure parking (indoor) – located on the station cycle premises within the car parking area, this provides weather-proof parking and security for your bike.
Station Cycles are also recommended for cycle repairs.
Student discounts available.
The University encourages cycling and use of public transport with some financial assistance:
- Cycle to Work Scheme – a tax-efficient way of buying a bicycle
- Travel to Work loan scheme – an interest-free loan to purchase a bicycle or a bus or rail season ticket
Bike tool kit
There are two bike tool kits available.
One is located in the Indoor bike shed (GW18), and for those not able to access this area, there is one in Reception.
- various bike pumps
- bike spanners, normal spanners and adjustable spanners
- screw drivers
- 3 in 1 lubricating oil
- puncture repair kit including levers
- allen keys of varying sizes
Please remember to return all borrowed tools.
If you're not used to cycling in traffic there are some important things you need to know. This section provides links to the Cambridge University Students' Union pages on cycle safety:
- Buying a bike
Considers what to buy, how much to spend and places where students and staff can get discount on bikes and parts.
- Cycling tips
Information on how to cycle safely and responsibly, with advice on taking cycling proficiency lessons. You will need to contact the CUSU Welfare and Graduates Officer for these lessons.
- Cycling and the law
Information on cycling within the law.
- through red lights
- the wrong way down one-way streets
- on pavements which are not designated cycle paths
- at night without lights
- whilst under the influence of drink or drugs
are all against the law!
- Safety equipment
Information about locks, lights, reflectors and helmets.
Make sure you are seen, especially at night and in the winter.
Wear bright, reflective clothing and make sure working lights and reflectors are fitted to your cycle.
Accidents do happen, and in Cambridge, because of the high volume of traffic and cycles in such a small area, they happen often.
Our very own Professor Jon Crowcroft describes himself as “half man half bike” after surviving a collision with a bus in Madingly Road.
- Cycle theft.
Information on how to:
- insure your bike
- report the theft of your bike
- register your bike with Immobilise.
Coton cycle and footpath
The Coton cyclepath is popular for recreational cycling or walking.
The path begins at the corner of Adams Road and Wilberforce Road, passing along the back of the West Cambridge site, before crossing the M11 motorway and terminating at the village recreation ground (football, cricket and bowls clubs play here).
On the roads and gardens around Coton it is often possible to see Muntjac deer, along with other wildlife and birds.
Online interactive map
The Cambridge Cycling Campaign website provides an excellent interactive cycle route planner designed by Simon Nuttall. It is based on a high-quality route database that was specifically created for Cambridge cyclists and is maintained by experienced local cyclists. It tells you quite reliably the shortest, fastest or quietest cycling route from A to B anywhere in and around Cambridge. Try it, you may discover lots of surprising shortcuts and interesing variant routes!
- Camb University Cycle Club – one of the oldest clubs in the country.
- Cambridge University cycle page – information on cycle training, cycle maps, tax relief on business journeys and cycle shop discounts.
- Cam cycle – useful information for cycling in Cambridge including routes.
- History of site access – information about the West Cambridge site, and its development to include the Park and Cycle facility.
- The Cambridge Cycling Campaign invites photos demonstrating some of the worst examples of cycle paths in the city.