Moulsecoomb Brighton Bike Hub pop up bike maintenance & road safety giveaway – Thursday 18 January

On Thursday 18 January join us on the Moulsecoomb campus to learn how to maintain your bike and pick up some road safety information and free items to help you stay safe and seen when walking, cycling and wheeling around the city. 

 

Bike maintenance pop up with Brighton Bike Hub 

What? Brighton Bike Hub will be holding a pop-up bike repair workshop – bring your bike along and the volunteers will review any issues and guide you through how to maintain your bike and answer any queries you may have. Donations to the Bike Hub are gratefully received. They will also be bringing a small example selection of the refurbished bikes sold at the Bike Hub.  You can also find out more about the Bike Hub and opportunities to get involved, including volunteering.  

When? 12pm-2pm  

Where? Cockcroft quad, under the Bike Hub marquee (please wear appropriate clothing for the weather!)

 

Road safety stall and giveaway 

What? Road safety stall from Brighton and Hove City Council and giveaway from University of Brighton Sustainability Team. Drop by to find out how you can stay safe and seen when travelling in Brighton and Hove this winter, and enter the competition to win bike kit. Bike security marking will also be available so you can register your bike on the National Police-approved database.  

We have hi-visibility pack back covers, reflective snap-bands, stickers and snoods to give away (1 item per person) to students and staff who walk, cycle and wheel to campus to help you stay safe and visible on your journey.  

When? 12pm-3pm  

Where? Cockcroft building entrance foyer

Free bike maintenance checks 14-16 November

A mechanic from Bike for Life South will be providing free bike checks at Moulsecoomb, Falmer and City Campuses 14-16 November.

These sessions are funded from the Department for Transport’s Capability & Ambition Fund, through Brighton and Hove City Council.

The basic maintenance check offered includes minor mechanical adjustments and cycle advice including:

  1. Bikeability advice such as use of gears, brakes and on road safety tips.
  2. Recommended bike shops and services.
  3. Help with the comfort of your bike set up / riding position.
  4. Advice on locking your cycle and correct helmet fitting.
  5. Bike servicing at a later date not covered by your 30-minute appointment.

It is expected that bike owners remain present when their bikes are being looked at, so they can benefit from the mechanics tips and advice on how to handle to most basic repairs and maintenance checks.

The Dr Bike team does not provide a full bike service, but it can give an advice whether such service is required considering the condition of a bike. They can also recommend bike shops in a city offering such services.

Spaces for a free check on each campus can be booked via Calendly: Calendly – University of Brighton Sustainability Team 

Beryl bikes are now on campus!

Brighton and Hove’s PAYG bike hire scheme has been relaunched with a new provider Beryl, a shared sustainable transport provider, co-founded by University of Brighton alumni, Emily Brooke. When fully delivered across the city this autumn, it will boast a total of 780 bikes, including 468 e-bikes and 312 pedal bikes. This means users will be able to ride and park the bikes in more parts of the city.

You can hire a bike or e-bike through the Beryl app, available for free download on the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users. Once you have registered, simply use the app to find your nearest bike, tap to unlock it and off you go!

When you’re finished, make sure you park up in one of the designated Beryl bays. During the first phase, bikes must be returned to active bays. You may incur a charge if bikes are left at bays which are currently not in use.

Find Beryl Bikes at active bays across our campuses in the following locations:

  • AEB, Moulsecoomb campus – docks for 18 bikes
  • Cockcroft, Moulsecoomb campus – docks for 9 bikes
  • Falmer Sports Centre, Falmer campus- docks for 6 bikes
  • Westlain House, Falmer campus – docks for 12 bikes
  • Grand Parade main building pavement, City Campus (on pavement outside campus)
  • Edward Steet, City Campus (on pavement outside building)

 View the locations and all our cycling facilities on the interactive map: University of Brighton Active Travel Facilities – Google My Maps

Students can also save 25% on all Rider Passes. Just sign-up for an account using your university email address, complete the online form and you’ll get your own unique discount code, valid for this entire academic year.

Free bike maintenance checks 28 February – 7 March

There will be free 30-minute bike maintenance checks available on all campuses from mechanics of Bike for Life South AKA ‘Dr Bike’, 28 February to 7 March.

These sessions are provided and funded by Brighton and Hove City Council at the Brighton campuses.

30-minute appointments are bookable through Calendly. Simply select the appropriate campus, then the date on the calendar and the times available will be presented. Choose an appointment and make a booking using your university email address.

The basic bike maintenance check offered by the mechanic includes minor mechanical adjustments and advice on how to keep your bike in good condition, including:

  • Bikeability advice such as use of gears, brakes and on road safety tips.
  • Help with the comfort of your bike set up / riding position.
  • Advice on locking your cycle and correct helmet fitting.
  • Bike servicing at a later date not covered by your 30-minute appointment.
  • Recommended bike shops and services.

It is expected that bike owners remain present when their bikes are being looked at, so they can benefit from the mechanics tips and advice on how to handle to most basic repairs and maintenance checks. The Dr Bike team does not provide a full bike service but can give an advice whether such service is required considering the condition of a bike.

The times and locations bookable through Calendly are:

  • Moulsecoomb campus – Tuesday 28 February, 11-3pm, outside the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) – FULLY BOOKED
  • Falmer – Wednesday 01 March, 11-3pm outside the Checkland building – FULLY BOOKED
  • City Campus – Thursday 02 March, 11- 3pm main building quad, by the bike racks – FULLY BOOKED
  • Eastbourne – Tuesday 07 March, 12-2pm outside Hillbrow Sports Centre – SPACES AVAILABLE

£2 single bus fares

£2 single tickets will be available 01 January – 31 March 2023.
The Government are providing £60 million of funding to bus operators across the country, to support passengers during the cost of living crisis.
Brighton and Hove Buses, Stagecoach Buses, Compass Travel and other operators across the country are participating in the scheme:

Free bike maintenance checks

There will be free bike maintenance checks available on all campuses from mechanics of Bike for Life South AKA ‘Dr Bike’! To book in a bike check, email Jude, our Sustainability and Energy Analyst, with your campus and date of choice. Each person who makes and fulfils their booking will receive free either a puncture repair kit, bike pump, bike light or pannier!

See times and locations below:

  • City Campus – Thursday 27 October, 12- 2pm main building quad, by the bike racks
  • Falmer – Tuesday 01 November, 12-2pm outside the Checkland building
  • Moulsecoomb – Wednesday 02 November, 12-2pm, outside the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB)
  • Eastbourne – Thursday 03 November, 12-2pm outside Hillbrow sports centre

Participate in National Walking Month this May

Living Streets are encouraging everyone to #Walkthismay with their #Try20 campaign. 

Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health and a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. 

By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process! Also Brighton is one of the cities where people walk the most at 84%, beaten by Glasgow at 86%!  

Join in by walking 20minutes each day, and if you’re looking for ideas see Living Street’s #Try20 tips for ways in which you can fit walking into your day.  

 Walking maps and resources  

We’ve worked with Living Streets to develop our Active Travel Map for Eastbourne, showing key walking routes in the town as shared by our students and staff.  

View the active travel maps from Brighton and Hove City Council for Falmer, Moulsecoomb and City campus, showing you what’s within a 5, 10 and 15  minute walk.  

Also check out the NHS Active 10 walking campaign which aims to get more people walking. Their free Active 10 app takes away the guesswork – it shows how much brisk walking you are doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day. 

You can also find a range of short walks in East Sussex on the East Sussex Health Walks web page, the Brighton and Hove City Council Sport and Activity web pages, as well as guidance on walking for health on the NHS choices web pages. 

End of term travel

For information on end of term travel during the Student Travel Window see the University of Brighton end of term webpage and Government advice webpages on student movement and safe travel.

Fees waived on rebooking advance tickets

The Government confirmed last week that students who had already booked train tickets to travel home for Christmas before the announcement of the student travel window can rebook their tickets to travel between 3 and 9 December without paying additional fees. More details are available here.  Change of journey fees waived for students travelling home for Christmas – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Share your sustainability tips on our pinboard!

As the university goes virtual this term, we’re inviting students and staff to share their top tips for being sustainable at home and in your daily lives.

Check out the virtual pinboard, created by Nicola a student on the Falmer Campus, and add your tips and ideas – big or small. Together all our actions will contribute to reducing our environmental impact and creating a more sustainable world.

Sustainability tips pinboard