Cycle Security and Safety
Safety Tips and Advice
Before you go out on your bike, check your bike is fit for purpose. Always take the time to check your breaks and lights are working properly and that the reflectors are clean. Don't forget to check your tyre pressures and tread. Check out when Dr Bike is next on campus to give your bike a free check-up.
Remember to: Cycle safely and wear a helmet, reflective clothing and use your lights. Make sure everything is in good working order.
Ensure you follow the Highway code rules for Cyclists.
Be aware of your environment around you. Look out for pedestrians and give way, make sure you slow down when approaching pedestrians. Steer a wide birth and ring your bell to warn of your presence. Remember that some people are hard of hearing or visually impaired.
Cyclists should use cycle paths or the road at all times. Pavements are for pedestrians and it is against the law to cycle on pavements. Laws HA 1835 sect 72 & R(S) A 1984, sect 129.
If you are interested in becoming a more confident cyclist, why not enrol on one of the Cycle Training, Confidence Building and Maintenance courses run by Kent County Council.
Kent Connected is a Kent County Council sustainable transport initiative aimed at encouraging commuting by bike and other sustainable forms of travelling and working. As part of the project, KCC have produced some videos showcasing local cycle routes.
University Cycle Groups
Kent Union Cycling Club have regular road, cross-country and downhill rides. They compete at a national level with other Universities across the country and run their own internal competitive races throughout the year.
KUBUG (Kent University bicycle user group) is an independent cycling group for the University of Kent at Canterbury. It's open to all students and staff who have an interest in cycling on or around the Canterbury campus.
This group is run as a free, open email forum. This allows you to interact online with other cyclists, to discuss cycling in the area and forthcoming events.
If you experience any problems with KUBUG please email firstname.lastname@example.org