Students Staff

Cycling

Facilities on campus


  • Re-Cycle (Dr Bike) - servicing, repairs and second-hand bikes

    The charity Re-Cycle visits the Colchester Campus every Wednesday morning in term time.

    Out of term the nearest bike servicing shops are Cycle King or Globe Sports.

  • Facilities and parking

    Wet and dry lockers

    The University has 20 'wet and dry' cycle lockers. There are two areas within the locker to use a standard clothes hanger to store wet clothes on one side and dry on the other, with another compartment to store cycle equipment. We now have ten lockers in both male and female changing rooms which are located on level 3, in the 2001 building accessed by Square 4 entrance (where Barclays was located).

    Please complete a cycle locker application form (.pdf) if you would like to hire a locker. If you no longer wish to hire a locker then please complete a withdrawal form (.pdf).

    Showers and changing rooms

    We have male and females showers and changing rooms available. They are located on level 3, in the 2001 building accessed by Square 4 entrance (where Barclays was located).

    North Towers cycle park

    There is a cycle park adjacent to Rayleigh Tower at the end of the cycle path between Boundary Road and the North Towers causeway. CCTV and lighting covers the park and there are places for 272 bicycles.

  • Security - University Cycle Watch

    Cycle tagging involves removing the saddle and dropping a 'shuttlecock' type plug containing a micro chip down the main frame which is difficult, if not impossible to remove. There is a different shape chip for cycles with interrupted seat tubes.

    The chip transmits a unique number which can be read by using a special reader which our Security team will use. This reader is also used by secondhand shops to ensure goods have not been stolen. A sticker is offered as a visual deterrent and warning to opportunist thieves that this system is in place.

    Once registered the bicycle owner can download a certificate of ownership which stays with the owner of the bicycle. The unique number and bicycle details are recorded on a national database which only authorised scheme operators (such as the Police) have access to.

    You can enrol on the scheme at the Estate Management Helpdesk. A small registration fee is payable. For more details about the scheme please contact travel@essex.ac.uk.

  • Regulations



Showers and lockers are available for staff and students in The Gateway Building. Student showers are located on the fifth floor and staff showers on the ground floor. Coin operated lockers are located on the second and third floors.

Maintenance and repairs

Maintenance and repairs are available from The Comfy Saddle located just 100m from the University building, inside Southend Central Station, opposite The Last Post pub.

Bike sale

Calling all cyclists or potential cyclists! Get pedalling this autumn by picking up a recycled bicycle at a special sale:

  • University Square, Southend
  • Date to be announced

The ReCycle Centre will be bringing a selection of refurbished bicycles to sell to students and staff and will include a range of mountain bikes, shoppers and hybrids. Bicycles will be priced at around £70 and there will also be a range of affordable accessories to purchase.

Maintenance courses

A team from The Comfy Saddle will also be on hand to provide maintenance short courses, advice and further information on the beautiful bikes and student discounts they have on offer. The Comfy Saddle is located just 100m from the University building, inside Southend Central Station, opposite The Last Post pub.

Further information

If you would like to explore Southend by bicycle, Cycle Southend offers guided rides, training and information about cycling around the area.

Cycling training

If you're new to cycling or simply new to cycling in the UK, we have organised a series of sessions on Wednesday afternoons at the Colchester Campus during October and November to help you cycle safely to and around campus.

  • Women only confidence building rides

    Learn a basic bike safety check that you can do yourself, then come along on a short, gentle, off-road ride to Greenstead, with useful guidance and support on signalling, cycle paths, gears and the UK highway code.

    • 12 October, 1.00pm - 2.30pm (women only).

  • Uni to the town centre

    Discover a mainly off-road, quiet and pleasant ride into the town centre via Tesco Hythe, the Wivenhoe Trail (town bound) and Castle Park and back again. The distance is about 6 miles (9.6km) in total.

    • 12 October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm.

  • Confidence building ride – everyone

    Learn a basic bike safety check you can do yourself, then come along on a short, gentle, off-road ride to Greenstead, with useful guidance and support on signalling, cycle paths, gears and the UK highway code.

    • 19 October, 12.30pm – 2pm (everyone)

  • Uni to Wivenhoe

    Circular route taking in the off-road route to the top of Wivenhoe, cycling to the bottom of Wivenhoe via the road for a stop at the chip shop, then returning to Uni off road via the scenic Wivenhoe Trail. The distance is about 4 miles (6.4km).

    • 19 October, 12pm – 2pm.

  • Cycling in the UK for international students

    New to cycling in the UK? Come along on a short ride highlighting the essentials of cycling in the UK: shared vs. segregated paths; where you can and can’t cycle; road signs; who gives way to who; elephant feet; advance stop lines and the UK highway code.

    • 26 October, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.

  • 'See Me' - cycling in the winter months

    Bring your bike for a chat and short ride. We will show you how to do a regular basic bike safety check, talk about what the UK law says on riding at night, advice and practicalities about riding in the dark and during the winter months then go on a short ride in the twilight.

    • 26 October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm.
    • 2 November 5.00pm – 6.30pm.

    Everyone coming along to a See Me session will receive FREE high visibility accessories and will be entered into a FREE prize draw where a set of lights are up for grabs for each session.

Important information about the rides

Places are limited for each session so booking is essential.

Please bring your roadworthy bike, appropriate clothing and a drink and snack if you think you will need one. Each session will start with a basic bike check and warm up before we set off.

If you have any questions about the sessions before you book email emily.harrup@colchester.gov.uk or call 01206 506476. If you have any questions about cycling at the University please call Charlotte Humphries, Transport Policy Manager on 01206 874597 or email travel@essex.ac.uk.

Staff bike purchase scheme

The Cyclescheme deducts the cost of a new bike and equipment from your gross salary, enabling you to save up to 40%.

What you need to do

  1. Visit a participating bike shop and choose your bike. There is a £1,000 limit but you can top it up with your own money if you've chosen a more expensive bike.
  2. Get a quote from the shop (and their Cyclescheme retailer reference).
  3. Visit the Cyclescheme website and use employer code fdb84 to apply.
  4. Once you've submitted your application and it's approved by HR, you'll receive an electronic voucher for you to take to the bike shop.

There are maps of your local area's cycle routes in Southend, Colchester and Loughton.

Contact us

Charlotte Humphries

Transport Policy Manager

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 874597

Email travel@essex.ac.uk

Please call or email if you have any questions about cycling at the University.