Manchester is becoming a cycle friendly city and a project to transform cycle networks across Manchester is well under way.
Oxford Road, one Manchester’s key transport routes is being transformed into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard giving priority to buses, hackney carriages, and bicycles.
This means that dedicated ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes where cyclists will be segregated from other road traffic will be rolled out along Oxford Road. Find out more about the Oxford Road transformation project.
Cycle Parking Facilities
Manchester Met has a variety of cycle parking facilities to secure your bike. There are a number of secure parking facilities or Sheffield (loop) stand across our campuses.
Secure Parking - Secure cycle shelters are available for use by students at the following locations:
- Business School and Student Hub - situated at the rear of the building
- Righton Building - situated at the back within the hoardings opposite the Art School main entrance
Please note: Access is given to cycle shelters through correspondence by email only. To gain access to a secure cycle shelter, email the Travel Team at firstname.lastname@example.org, providing your name, student ID number and name of the secure cycle shelter you wish to park your bike.
Student Living Secure Parking- All of our student residences have secure cycle parking. You should contact your local Student Living Team to obtain access to the designated secure bicycle parking facilities.
Birley Cycle Lockers- situated on the surface carpark at Manchester Campus- Birley.
Follow these simple steps to gain access to the lockers:
- Pay £10 deposit at the Manchester Met Online Store
- Take your receipt of purchase (on your phone is fine) to the Brooks Building reception staff.
- You will receive a key for the locker padlocks and an identifier card.
- Fill your details on the card.
- Unlock the Manchester Met padlock using the key provided.
- Safely store bike.
- Leave identifier card inside the locker in the dedicated cardholder.
- Lock locker with OWN padlock. Do not use the Manchester Met padlock to secure the locker.
- Safely store Manchester Met’s padlock when not in use.
- Upon return, remove bike from locker and lock with Manchester Met padlock.
Read the bicycle locker FAQs
Where are the lockers located?
The lockers are located on the surface car park at the Manchester Campus - Birley
Who can use the lockers at Birley?
The lockers are available to all Manchester Met students and staff who have signed up in advance to the Terms and Conditions and received a key to the padlocks.
How many lockers are available?
There are 38 shared access lockers at Birley.
How much does it cost to use the lockers?
The lockers are free to use, subject to paying a one off £10 refundable deposit for a padlock.
How do I purchase a padlock?
Visit the Manchester Met Online Store
Will the deposit be refunded?
Deposits can be refunded after 1 month of purchase. Deposits will only be refunded once the padlock key has been returned to the travel team.
What happens if any damage occurs to the lockers?
Please report damage to the Travel Team- email email@example.com or call 0161 247 2989.
Will locker usage be monitored?
Manchester Met reserve the right to check that lockers are being used fairly and that Manchester Met padlocks are being returned to the lockers when it is not in use. If lockers are reserved over night by staff or students by not returning the Manchester Met padlock, their membership will be cancelled and the key must be returned to the Travel Team.
Please read the full terms and conditions of use
Tips for Cycle Security
Here are some of top tips for securing your bike:
- Use an approved cycle lock - Use a Sold Secure rated lock, which assigns either Gold, Silver or Bronze ratings to locks in the UK- with Gold being the most secure. Find out more here
- Mark your Bike - Marking your bike with a unique code ensures that Police will be able to trace your bike back if it is stolen and recovered. Manchester Met’s Security Team provide a bike marking service. Get you bike marked by contacting 0161 247 1334.
- Lock it properly - Sounds obvious, but always lock both wheels and the frame of your bike to a stand or immovable object. Make sure you lock does not touch the ground- otherwise it is easy for a thief to sledgehammer it off.
- Insure it - Sounds simple. A bike can cost a lot so make sure you are well covered in case of theft. Check whether your home contents insurance covers your bike, or you can purchase separate insurance specifically for your bike if it doesn’t.
- Park your Bike Securely - You can park your bike in one of our secure cycle shelters located across campus. Enquire with firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Removable items? - Take any removable accessories such as lights and bike bags with you.
- At home - More than half of bikes are stolen from home. Reduce the chances by storing it in a lockable shed garage, or inside your house if you can, keep it out of view, and secure it to an immovable object.
Tips for Cycle Safety
We would always recommend wearing the right clothing and safety equipment if you plan on cycling.
Here are some of our top tips for cycling safe:
- Know the Highway Code - Sounds obvious but this is essential to riding safely on the roads.
- Know how to ride with confidence - Being confident when cycling on the roads is essential. Transport for Greater Manchester offer a variety of bike-training courses that will improve your skills and confidence on the roads.
- Wear the right gear - Wear appropriate clothing. You should be able to move freely without clothing being caught in our chain or wheels, or covering your lights. Try to wear light coloured, fluorescent or reflective clothing to help other road users see you.
- Helmets can save lives - Read about standards, how to fit and wear your helmet.
- Lights and Reflectors - At night-time or when visibility is poor, you are significantly more likely to be seen by other road users if you have the following items fitted on your bike:
- White front light, white front reflector.
- Red back light, red back reflector.
- Amber pedal reflectors (front and back of each pedal)
- Spoke reflectors.
- Stay alert - Don’t listen to music or use a mobile phone while cycling as distractions can cause accidents.
- Be Assertive - When you’re cycling on busy roads you need to show drivers what you plan to do. You should:
- Ride positively and decisively
- Look and signal before you start, stop or turn
- Ride well clear of the kerb
- Make eye contact with drivers to let them know you have seen them
- Acknowledge any courtesy from drivers
- Ride a car-door width away from parked cars
Finding your way by bike
Plan your route, download maps and find out more about cycle parking at TfGM’s cycling website.
Improve your cycling skills
If you fancy cycling to University, but are a bit out of practice, TfGM has free cycle training and maintenance courses.
Cycle Hire and suppliers
Manchester has many cycle shops. Here are just a few of the best-known ones in central Manchester:
There is loads of cycling information available through the following organisations and groups: