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New research ranks University of Edinburgh top for cycling as students prepare to avoid public transport in pandemic student life

  • Research ranked UK universities and their surrounding areas on factors including cycling resources, air pollution, bike thefts and bike shops
  • Edinburgh, Bristol and Glasgow universities top rankings
  • News comes as the UK sees 200% increase in cycling since pandemic began

Research released today has officially named the University of Edinburgh 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.

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The research, from student accommodation search engine, Mystudenthalls.com, 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.

Scottish universities largely dominated the top rankings. 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, the University of Edinburgh outperformed all other universities to reach first position. The university also previously saw one of its halls of residence win a Cycle Friendly Campus Award.

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

Third place is 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 some 35 bike shops, most offering discounts for students, the highest rates of bicycle theft of any university meant that it wasn’t able to reach above 6th position.

Also making the top 10 were University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University of Warwick, University of Southampton, University of Birmingham and, in 10th place, the University of Oxford.

Mystudenthalls.com MD & Founder, Dan Roberts, commented:

“While the national lockdown proved to be a golden age for cycling, the research highlights that many universities could be doing more to cater to the ever growing student cycling community.

With many students returning to their studies with a new “blended” style of learning and continued anxiety surrounding the pandemic, cycling is one great way to support student wellbeing and encourage social distancing when travelling from halls to lectures. No doubt that universities will be investing into more ways to support students in jumping on their bikes.”

To read more on the best UK universities for cycling head to: www.mystudenthalls.com/news/the-25-best-universities-for-cycling-in-the-uk-2020/

Rank

University

Rank

University

1

University of Edinburgh

14

Lancaster University

2

University of Bristol

15

King’s College London

3

University of Glasgow

16

Imperial College London

4

University of Manchester

17

University of York

5

University of Nottingham

18

UCL

6

University of Cambridge

19

Durham University

7

University of Warwick

20

London School of Economics and Political Science

8

University of Southampton

21

Queen Mary University of London

9

University of Birmingham

22

University of Leicester

10

University of Oxford

23

University of Aberdeen

11

University of Exeter

24

University of Leeds

12

University of Sheffield

25

University of Liverpool

13

University of Sussex

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