Bristol Cyclists

Transport and travel

2020 strategy target: 80 per cent of daily commute journeys to be made by walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.

Travel accounts for approximately half of our overall carbon emissions at UWE Bristol. We are working hard to reduce this figure not least because Bristol is one of the most congested cities in the UK, with all the resultant health and environmental problems associated with high levels of pollution.

What are we doing to improve travel?

In accordance with our Travel plan, we are developing our sustainable travel infrastructure and making real change – with a 79% increase in staff cycling and 118% increase in student and staff walking since 2013 . We have recently delivered:

  • A student cycle loan scheme with 100 locally built bicycles available for just £50 for the year, including free lights, locks and repairs, and a helmet for a nominal fee.
  • Free weekly bike repairs, bike repair training, and regular travel information stalls on all campuses.
  • Two new cycle hubs at Frenchay Campus with 200 secure cycle spaces, showers, a drying room, lockers and tool stations.
  • Four electric and hybrid pool cars available for Frenchay Campus staff.
  • 12 free electric charging points at Frenchay Campus with more to follow at Bower Ashton Campus and Glenside Campus.
  • Electric charging plate for hybrid buses – the only one in Bristol.
  • Free bikes to borrow for two weeks at a time from our Centre for Sport at Frenchay Campus.
  • Behaviour change initiatives and campaigns eg 2015 Unicycle student cycling national pilot scheme, and annual Travelwest staff commuter challenge.

What can you do?

You can help make a real difference by making more sustainable transport choices:

  • Get walking: walk to campus or join a weekly lunchtime walk, contact to find out more and join the email list.
  • Get cycling: free bike loans from UWE Bristol Sport for up to two weeks. Visit the Centre for Sport reception on Thursdays or weekends.
  • Catch the train:  to nearby stations at Parkway (20/25 minutes walk away) and Filton Abbey Wood (ten minutes walk away).
  • Get the busbus travel has never been so easy with the bus checker app.
  • Get sharing: sign up to Join My Journey for UWE Bristol staff and students to share car, bicycle or walking journeys.
  • Go on a car diet: try leaving the car at home a couple of times a week, ideally on Tuesdays and Thursdays - our busiest traffic days.

If you need to travel between campuses join the Co-Wheels car club for business travel (free personal membership is included for staff) or use our electric bikes.

The Frenchay Campus annual travel survey results show that green transport choices to travel to UWE Bristol are growing year on year.

UWE Bristol's travel challenge

To show you just how much difference in time various ways of travelling can make, take a look at our travel challenge results. Commuters take a popular route from mid-way up Gloucester Road, 3km away from Frenchay Campus at 08:15 in rush-hour traffic. The journeys took the following times:

  • Electric bike 15 minutes
  • Motorcyclist 16 minutes
  • Cyclist 22 minutes
  • Runner 23 minutes
  • Bus 34 minutes
  • Car 48 minutes
  • Walker 51 minutes

For a reliable travel time, get out of the car or bus!

Did you know?

  • Bristol has the highest combined levels of walking and cycling to work of any local authority in England and Wales.
    (source: Good transport plan for Bristol)

Student support and projects

We are keen for students to use UWE Bristol as a living learning laboratory. We can support you by providing information and giving interviews on current policy and practice and short tours of our sustainable travel infrastructure. For full background information you will find it useful to read our Travel plan and visit the UWE Bristol Transport pages.

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