We work closely with universities and colleges, staff and students, to promote Active Travel through our volunteer Champion programme.
Active Travel Champions help people be more active through walking or cycling for more of their everyday journeys. Champions give advice about walking and cycling and/or set up walking and cycling activities in their university or college setting and in return Sustrans offers training, resources and support.
Thinking about walking or cycling to university or college?
Walking and cycling can be the ideal way to travel to university or college, be that for staff or students. For students, cycling is a cheap and healthy way to get around – read on for our insider tips.
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Download Cycling Scotland's Essential Cycling Skills app to brush up on road positioning and the highway code. Or visit the Cycling Scotland website to see what training you can access. Essential Cycle Skills practical courses help boost confidence of new and returning cyclists and give them the necessary skills to negotiate on-road journeys.
Also check wither or not your institution is offering free cycle training to students and staff.
Several mapping services are available online to help you with your route planning, many can also be downloaded as an app.
Lots of local bike projects have popped up across the country, offering access to some fantastic affordable vintage and second-hand bikes. A selection include;
- BeCycle – Aberdeen
- The Bike Station - Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth
- Bike Revolution – Lossiemouth
- Bike Works – Glenrothes
- Common Wheel - Glasgow
- I am Bikes - Cumbernauld
- New Start Highland – Inverness
- Recyke-a-Bike – Stirling
- Soul Cycles – Edinburgh
- Pedal Forth - Edinburgh
- Gumtree and Freecycle are also both fantastic sources for second-hand bikes.
For more tailored, local information, ask your university or college for information on training opportunities, local maps and clubs, you might be surprised by what’s available!