Runner -up for the Outstanding Student and Staff teams award for the Sustainability Action Award 2015 and shortlisted for The Times Higher Education Awards in 2011 and 2012 our Uni-Cycle scheme allows us to reduce our environmental impact in a number of ways. By refurbishing unwanted and donated bikes and putting them back into use, we are increasing the number of staff and students cycling to the University – reducing congestion and improving wellbeing - as well as cleaning up the campus and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.
The aim of the project is to promote cycling, enhance safety by improving the state of repair of bikes in use, and reduce the amount of bikes abandoned around campus. The project is run between the University's Transport Team and student volunteers taking an active role in identifying, repairing and selling bikes at Uni-Cycle events. Refurbishments are carried out by a qualified bike engineer, who also provides a bi-monthly ‘Bike Doctor’ service where staff and students can bring their bikes for free safety checks and quick repairs latest dates here! . The project also provides subsidized bike locks, lights and cycle training with support from Hampshire Constabulary and Sustrans. Bikes that are not suitable for resale are used for parts or donated to charities across the UK and Africa and any remaining metal is recycled so that nothing goes to waste.
The scheme has refurbished over 100 bikes that have been sold to University staff and students as cheaply as possible, generating over £3,000 which has been reinvested in the project.
Uni-cycle recovers bikes from university sites and from donations around Southampton (if you would like to donate a bike). Our policy is to repair, reuse or recycle any bike. We can only do this with the help of volunteers (if you would like to volunteer) and charities, our Bike Dr @ RideRide, Re-Cycle Your Cycle and BEN (Bicycling Empowerment Network South Africa), bikes that we can’t repair or donate, get striped and the parts are used by others.
More information on cycling around Southampton and the campuses can be found on this page.
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