We know that this time of year can be stressful, with exam prep and final dissertation amendments. However, one great way you can help alleviate this stress is by switching up your commute, whether it’s to campus or the Virgil Building. Spending more time outdoors by cycling or walking not only benefits your physical and mental wellbeing but also empowers you to make a positive impact on the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. It can help you manage your time really well too, avoiding getting stuck in any traffic delays or waiting for buses.

Many students travel around Bath by walking, cycling and by e-scooter, without needing to rely on a bus or car. There are many initiatives available to you, so why not try out the more cost-effective options this exam season?

On Wednesday 1 May from 9am - 4pm, various stallholders will be by the School of Management and on the Parade and will be providing the following services:

  • Free basic bike servicing and repairs (any more extensive repairs will incur a charge, or they’ll give you a quote to get the work done at their workshop in town)
  • Free bike security marking
  • Freebies for road safety (hi-vis jackets, bike lights and more!)
  • Maps for walking trails and paths to campus
  • Advice on how to use e-bikes and e-scooters

So, remember to take a break from the long hours in the library, check out these stalls, and explore alternative ways to commute to campus.

Start your active commuting journey

Understandably, the hill on which our campus resides can be intimidating for some. Here’s a quick tip from us: we recommend North Road and Widcombe as they’re the quietest routes and make sure you have your gears in the lowest setting! Here are some helpful routes for those who wish to walk to campus.

There are several ways in which the University supports you to walk, cycle or run to campus:

  • Join the Bicycle Users Group; this is for anyone, including new, existing and experienced cyclists.
  • If you need to borrow a bicycle repair kit and pump you can visit the Security desk in the library. Alternatively, you can use the self-service repair station outside the Chancellor’s building, provided by the SU.
  • There are plenty of bike storage options available for you to securely keep your bicycle on and off campus; you can view these locations on this campus map.
  • As a student, you can save money and reduce your carbon footprint by checking out the SU Bike and Equipment Hire.
  • Download the Tier App and get 35% off every time you use their e-bikes and e-scooters!
  • Try and ease yourself into walking to campus; you don’t need to do the full route, so why not walk halfway up the hill and then catch the bus for the remainder of your journey? If you are walking along waterways, check out this river safety map to plan your walk.
  • Key facilities that are available to you, such as showers and lockers. As a student, you can activate your free sports pass to make use of the shower (and other sports facilities) in the Sports Training Village.

We understand that cycling or walking to campus isn't possible or realistic for everyone, and public transport might be a great alternative option. The University offers a range of incentives for students who use public transport, including discounted bus passes and you can register for a birthday pass, where you get a month of free bus travel - this scheme is available until July 2024.

In summary, making a simple change to your commuting habits can have a positive impact on both your personal wellbeing and the environment. By taking advantage of the available initiatives and exploring alternative transportation methods, you can contribute towards a more sustainable future. Don't forget to visit the stalls on Wednesday 1 May, from 9am - 4pm by the School of Management and on the Parade to learn more about sustainable commuting options. Remember, every small step counts!