Cyclists are usually the quickest commuters in an urban environment. Cycling is good for your health, economical and excellent for our local and global environment. It is also an enjoyable way to start the day. The University has a number of initiatives to encourage staff and students to use pedal power.
Cycle to Work scheme for employees
In May 2009, Queen’s launched its cycle to work scheme, known as Cycle+. The scheme allows staff to purchase a cycle and safety equipment, and receive National Insurance and Income Tax discounts through a salary sacrifice scheme. Further information on Cycle+ is available at www.qub.ac.uk/cycleplus
The University provides good quality cycling parking across the Estate for staff and students in the form of ‘Sheffield’ cycle stands. A complete list of cycle parking facilities is available here.
Staff can now avail of secure cycle parking in various locations at the University. After paying a small nominal fee, staff can have access to secure covered cycle parking for a period of up to one year.
Shower and Changing Facilities
Shower and changing facilities are available, free of charge to staff, in the following areas:
- Level 1, Administration Building
- Lower Ground Floor, McClay Library
- Lower Ground Floor, School of Psychology, David Keir Building
- Lower Ground Floor, Institute of Clinical Sciences Block A, RVH
Further facilities are planned for the Ashby Tower building and Whitla Medical building.
Bike to Work Week
Staff and students are encouraged to get involved in the annual Bike to Work Week. The University holds a week long programme of events to promote cycling at the University and to highlight the social, health and environmental benefits.
Events during the 2010 Bike to Work Week included cycle clinics, a cycle challenge, the opportunity for staff to create their own smoothie through pedal power and a free cycle to work breakfast.