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Be Active – get on your bike

Last week, we focused on walking and the different tours and trails you could discover on campus or in the city. This week, we’re focusing on cycling. Over the past ten years, there have been lots of improvements made for cyclists around Manchester to encourage more people to take up cycling.

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins or Victoria Pendleton but, as with walking, cycling is a good way to keep active and get out and about in Manchester.

Cycle for your commute

Cut down your commute to and from University by cycling. Ok – you might not want to in the wind and rain. But as we move into spring, why not consider cycling into Uni? Not only is it environmentally friendly and cheaper, you’ll also spend over half an hour a day less sat on a busy bus.

As previously mentioned, there have been lots of improvements made for cyclists across campus. There’s now a cycle lane all the way from Oxford Road train station down to Fallowfield and plenty of bike storage across campus. If you don’t own a bike, you can rent one from the Students’ Union through Biko Bikes for a steal at £1 a week, which is open 5pm-7pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Or, keep an eye out for bike sales taking place regularly throughout the year in Fallowfield.

Find out more about student cycling.

Cycle to discover new scenery

There are lots of new places to discover outside of the city centre and it doesn’t take that long to get there by bike (especially on designated cycle paths). Discover a new side of Fallowfield by cycling the Fallowfield Loop, cycle along the canal to Altrincham Market along Bridgewater Way or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even cycle through the beautiful scenery of Dunham Massey and Cheshire Villages.

Too see all the cycle routes around Manchester and download maps, visit TFGM.

Cycle for sport

If you are think about becoming the next Bradley Wiggins, or you discover a new love for cycling and having the wind rush through your hair, why not head to the National Cycling Centre? Located next to Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, the National Cycling Centre is home to one of the world’s finest velodromes and also houses a BMX area; beginners of all abilities are welcome to both.

Don’t forget, as with everything – your safety comes first. If you are new to cycling and want some pointers, there are plenty of cycle groups around the city to meet up with. Or, you can get cycling lessons.

We’ve got plenty more tips to make sure you stay safe when cycling around Manchester.

If cycling isn’t your thing?

Manchester is home to so many different sports that you can try out and get involved with; from badminton to ultimate frisbee, to breakdancing and water polo. Try out something new and get moving with the University’s Sporticpate programme.