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  Cycling

Cycling is a great way to get around the city and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to travel to campus by bike.

Travel guidance during Covid-19 

If you need to travel to the University, please plan ahead. Visit Transport ​Scotland​ for the latest Scottish Government advice and up-to-date guidance on public transport and active travel. 

However you travel, please ensure you are very clear of the facilities available and rules in place before you start your journey.

​Cycling is a great way to get around the city and at Edinburgh Napier, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to travel to campus by bike.

Planning your route? Type in your starting point and destination to www.cyclestreets.net/journey​ to find the quietest, safest routes.


Campus Facilities

We have two emergency locks available on each campus if you forget to bring yours - please ask at security​.​

Craiglockhart

There are 81 bicycle spaces at Craiglockhart, 42 covered and 39 uncovered. Craiglockhart currently has no secure locked facilities but there is CCTV throughout the site.

The bike store is under the main staircase into the building. There is one covered shelter and some Sheffield stands located under the stairs.

We have limited shower facilities available at Craiglockhart. If you'd like more information about accessing them, please contact environment@napier.ac.uk



Merchiston

There are 100 bicycle spaces at Merchiston, 48 within covered and secure areas and 52 uncovered. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Merchiston has two covered bike parking facilities. From the main entrance from Colinton Road you will find one opposite the library entrance on the left and the other at the far end on the other side of the glass box. To gain access, visit security next to the iPoint to have your student card activated. At the bike store, tap your card on the card reader to open the
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We have limited shower facilities available at Merchiston. If you'd like more information about accessing them, please contact environment@napier.ac.uk​​

Sighthill

There are 150 bicycle spaces at Sighthill, 100 within covered and secure areas and 50 uncovered. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Sighthill has three secure, locked shelters around the building. One under the main entrance, one at the top of the car park and one at the [EN]GAGE entrance. To gain access, visit security on the first floor opposite the Print Shop to have your student card activated. At the bike store, tap your card on the reader to open the door.

Shower facilities are available for free at the [EN]GAGE sports centre. There is also a bicycle pump and a bike service point in the shelter next to [EN]GAGE.


Student Accommodation Facilities​

Bainfield

There is space for 118 bicycles within the internal and secure storage area at Bainfield. There’s also space for a further 40 bikes outside. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Check your Accommodation Guide or ask at the Management Suite for the exact location and contact the Accommodation Team at the Management Suite for a key.

Orwell Terrace

There is space for 58 bicycles within the internal and secure storage area at Orwell Terrace and space for a further 10 bikes outside. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Check your Accommodation Guide or ask at the Management Suite for the exact location and use your fob to access.

Slateford Road

There is space for 100 bicycles on upright racks within the covered storage area at Slateford Road. There’s also space for 20 on uncovered Sheffield stands next to the Management Suite. There is CCTV throughout the site.

Entry to the communal area, where the bikes racks are positioned, is controlled by fob access.​


Getting here


Bikes on Trams

Up to two bicycles may be carried on the trams at the discretion of the on board staff. Restrictions apply on peak services (Monday to Friday 7.30am – 9.30am and 4pm-6.30pm), throughout the Edinburgh International Festival in August and during any pre-publicised events.

Cyclists should board at the centre section, marked on the platform by a disability logo tile. Once on board, cyclists must take guidance from staff and remain with their bicycles at all times. There are no extra charges for bikes.

Bikes on buses

You can take folding bicycles, folded and fully enclosed in a suitable carrying bag on Lothian Buses. 

Some X62 Borders Buses can now take up to four bikes on board. You can track the bike-friendly buses on the Borders Buses app.

Bikes on trains

You can take your bike for free on a train, but for some train journeys you may have to book a space. Scotrail provide cycle parks so you can leave your bike at the station. More information on reserving a bike space and facilities at scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/cycling

Safe cycling on the canal

The canal is a great way to travel off road to both Sighthill and Craiglockhart. The exit for Sighthill Campus is signposted and for Craiglockhart the nearest exit is Allan Park Footbridge.

Give way to walkers and alert them by ringing your bell. The path is often only 1m wide, and can be wet and uneven.

Dismount at all road crossings, bridges, aqueducts and blind bends and at canal weirs, including cobbled weirs. Use lights where appropriate. Do not speed - speed causes accidents!

Winter weather

We run Be Bright, Be Seen events during the winter months, providing advice and guidance on cycling in winter weather. We also have freebies on hand to give away, including bike lights, bells and seat covers, reflector bands, reflective rucksack covers and more!

Check out the Be Bright, Be Seen winter weather guidance​ for helpful travel tips.

Finding a bike

eCycles

We have four eCycles at Edinburgh Napier for staff and student use. The ultimate goal is to encourage more active and sustainable and forms of travel to and from the University, and in and around Edinburgh.

All users are provided with a one-to-one induction, covering all working elements of the bicycles. If you're relatively new to cycling or if it's a long time since you've been on a bike, we offer training in partnership with local community partners.

A gold standard d-lock and a lock cable are provided with each eCycle as standard. Users are also offered the use of a helmet, high visibility vest and either one or two panniers. You will be required to read and sign our User Agreement once you've completed your induction.

Our eCycles can only be used by students currently studying at Edinburgh Napier.

Contact eCycle@napier.ac.uk​ or call 0131 455 3747 for more information.

Other cycle hire schemes

  • The Just Eat cycle hire scheme has docking stations across Edinburgh, including one near Merchiston (outside Starbucks) and one near Sighthill (Edinburgh College). Students can take advantage of a fantastic offer, getting unlimited 1-hour rides for just £40 for the year. Click here​ for more information.

Second-hand bike shops in Edinburgh

There is a great choice of second-hand bike shops in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Napier has links to The Bike Station, which provides Dr Bike repair sessions through the year. They offer a 3-month warranty on bikes sold and the proceeds support their work promoting cycling.

Second hand bikes are also available from:

Pedal Forth

Eastside Bikes

Soul Cycles

Leith Cycle Co

There are also lots of shops selling new bikes parts and accessories, such as:

Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative

Evans Cycles

Cycle Republic

Freewheelin Cycles​

Most cycle shops will also offer a bike repair service and provide you with safety advice.

Bike repair

The Edinburgh Bike Station offers maintenance courses and runs Dr Bike events in the meadows. You can also hire a fully-equipped work stand for just £6 per hour, giving you a work stand and work space, and access to all the specialist tools you need.

They also throw in free tea, coffee, gloves and overalls, and free oil and grease for your bike. They’ll provide you with expert help and advice, including manuals.

Look out for Edinburgh Napier Dr Bike events at our campuses and student accommodation.​​​​​​​​​​​

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