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Cycle Maintenance Station

Bicycle Maintenance Station

A Cycle Maintenance Station has been installed at Walton Hall outside the Security Lodge. 

It has various tethered tools including: tyre levers, screwdrivers, allen keys, and spanners, also a pump. This station will enable you to tune up your bike, or help repair a puncture. (You will have to have your own puncture kit or spare inner-tube).  The station is not locked so you should be able to access the tools when you need them.  


Promotions

The Open University actively encourages cycling. Estates promote a number of events during the year including:

  • Bike Week
  • Cycle to Work Day
  • Dr Bike (Maintenance Day)
  • CycleScheme

Estates liaise with the cycle officer at Milton Keynes Council, local cycle dealers and also the Police for cycle security marking.

There are also associations within the University that promote cycling like the Bicycle Users Group mailing list, and the newly formed (2015) OU Cycling Club that is affiliated to the OU Club.

Cycling and cycle commuting are recognised as great fun and a good way to keep fit and healthy. In Milton Keynes there are miles of Redways that allow safe segregated routes to and from the University.

Bike Security Tagging

Thames Valley Police are offering staff the opportunity to get their bikes security marked. If you would like to get your bike(s) security marked go to the Thames Valley Police website and find your local police station who will be able to arrange a convenient time with you to security mark your bike (it takes about 5 mins).

For region and nation colleagues if you contact your local police station they will be able to tell you how you can get this done.

Prices might vary from station to station.


Cycle to Work Guarantee

The OU has signed up to 'The Cycle to Work Guarantee’ The scheme is being promoted to offer employees a healthy and green option to commute to and from work.
We welcome the Cycle to Work Guarantee initiative and have already shown commitment to many of its incentives in order to encourage cycling as much as possible.
 

Cycling and the OU Club

The OU-Club have negotiated discounts with:

  • Giant Newport Pagnell
    Newport Pagnell 01908 210688 - Offers a 5% discount on all bicycle accessories, safety clothing etc and their Shimano service centre repair workshop.This discount is also valid on anything from Kite Planet upstairs. Please note this discount is not valid when purchasing a bike through the salary sacrifice bicycle scheme.

Useful information

PlusBike

PlusBike Logo

Cycling to a rail station and carrying your bike on the train is a bit of a minefield, with each rail operator having different rules.

There is now an app available called PlusBike this makes life easier as it includes information about:

  • Cycle parking and facilities at stations
  • Cycle-hire schemes
  • Cycle carriage rules specific to your journey
  • Cycle carriage reservation details

Sustrans

Sustrans' vision is a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment. Sustrans is the charity behind practical and innovative solutions to some of the UK's biggest transport challenges, including the award-winning National Cycle Network, Safe Routes to Schools, Bike It and TravelSmart.

To find out more visit:

Sustrans
National Cycle Network Centre
2 Cathedral Square
Bristol
BS1 5DD
UK

Registered Charity No:326550