Updated 14th August 2017
The college supports sustainable travel and encourages students and staff to walk or cycle whenever possible. The overall objectives of the Travel Plan are to promote the use of more sustainable travel to get to college. This helps everyone by reducing parking and congestion as well as providing a cheap way for individuals to stay fit and healthy.
Cycle parking on site provides secure space for up to 500 cycles; a high proportion of these areas are covered. Cycle paths and parking are clearly marked with safe access points, lighting and signposting. For many students living within 3 miles cycling is the quickest way to get to college using off road cycle tracks.
Cycle Training for adults - www.itravelyork.info/cycling/cycle-training/cycle-training-for-adults
Students cycling to college may find these youtube videos useful:
Cycling to York College Leaflet - Cycle routes pass through the heart of the city and along the River Ouse, giving access to some of the city’s most attractive landmarks and extending out in to the surrounding countryside.
For a comprehensive guide to the city’s cycle routes and facilities including contacts for all the cycle shops, pick up a copy of the latest cycle route map from the college InfoZone.
On and off-road routes provide a safe environment for cycling. Facilities for cyclists within the city include high quality cycle parking, combined cycling/pedestrian routes, signalled crossings, advanced stop lines at traffic signals. If you need confidence building to ride in traffic, qualified council cycle trainers can provide one to one support - ask for details.
Cyclists are sometimes allowed to share paths, but should always ride with courtesy and slow down when approaching pedestrians, especially from the rear or where there are elderly, children or dogs!
Observe traffic lights and signs, use lights at night and you will reduce the risk of accidents and get more respect from car drivers. NEVER come up the inside of a moving HGV especially near a left turn junction in case the driver is turning left. When using on road cycle lanes, watch out for cars turning across your path through gaps in the traffic queue or turning left without signalling.
Check your brakes regularly and get new pads or cables when they become worn. If you are not sure how to do this get a bike shop to check for you. Not everyone wants to wear a helmet, if you get one make sure it fits properly on your head, and remember it doesnt make you invincible or give you licence to ride recklessly.
Cheap locks are not worth it - use at least one really thick cable/U lock or better still team up with a friend to use two around both bikes. Any 'quick release' wheels need to be locked to the stand or frame.