Cycling at Heriot-Watt

We’re well set up for getting around on 2 wheels here at Heriot-Watt University.

In fact, we have a Cycle Friendly Campus Award with Distinction thanks to the support and facilities we offer staff and students, including covered bike shelters and a state-of-the-art repair station.

If you live on campus you can cycle to lectures, and if you need to get to the nearest shops at Currie then a bike will make short work of the 1.5-mile trip.

We’re about an hour’s ride out of Edinburgh, and there are plenty of safe routes you can take – the canal path is a favourite, and you can find lots of others via CycleStreets, or with a map from Lothian’s own SPOKES.

We have a Cycle Friendly Campus Award with Distinction thanks to the support and facilities we offer staff and students

If you’ve got a longer journey, why not hop on a train for some of the way and cycle the rest? Trains run every 10 minutes from Waverley to Edinburgh Park, a 10-minute ride away from campus; and every hour to Curriehill station, which is even closer You don’t need to book bikes on ScotRail, and trams take bikes outside rush hour too.

We’ve got a Facebook group for cyclists, and a Twitter page too, so why not check in and find out what’s going on?

We’re also a Cycle Friendly Employer, and staff can save around 30% on the cost of a new bike with our Cycle To Work Scheme.

See you in the saddle!

Cycling is an easy way of keeping healthy and happy, and it’s something we’re really keen to support here at Heriot-Watt

Why cycle?

Cycling is an easy way of keeping healthy and happy, and it’s something we’re really keen to support here at Heriot-Watt.

You should aim to do at least 2.5 hours of moderate activity each week, according to government guidelines. If you spent 30 minutes on your bike 5 times a week – riding into campus, say – you’d be there, while getting some fresh air!

As Sustrans points out, there are mental health benefits too: studies have shown that physical activity can help stop depression and anxiety. And did we mention that cycling saves you money?

Looking at the bigger picture, getting on your bike means you’re not contributing to global warming or air pollution either, and you’re helping make our streets cleaner and safer.

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