Sheffield rated 12th in cycling-friendly university cities

Sheffield has come 12th in a list of cycling-friendly university cities.

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 2:48 pm

The University of Edinburgh was named as the best in the UK for student cyclists, beating bike-famous Cambridge, as students prepare to ditch public transport for social distancing in September.

The research, from student accommodation search engine,, has ranked the UK’s universities using measures including campus bike storage, pro-cycling and bike campaigns, university cycling societies, accessibility of local bike shops and quality of resources for would-be cyclists.

Points were deducted for bike theft and air pollution levels. Clearly, there were no deductions for numbers of hills to tackle or the city would have rated lower.

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Edinburgh came top for offering discounts in local bike shops as well as a Bike Buddies volunteer system to help newbie or unsure cyclists, bike maintenance courses and Doctor Bike sessions.

One of its halls of residence has previously won a cycle-friendly campus award.

Coming in second was the University of Bristol. Despite Bristol’s reputation as the home of the UK’s steepest road, the university has a vibrant cycling culture, featuring free bike clinics and cycling communities.

In third place wa s the University of Glasgow, offering free bicycle security marking and bike rental memberships where students can access bikes with 30 minutes free each rental.

While the University of Cambridge is renowned the world over for its cycling and boasts 35 bike shops, most offering discounts for students, the highest rates of bicycle theft of any university consigned it to sixth position.

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