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Cycling at NTU

Cycle Hub

    Cycling is important to us at NTU as it enhances wellbeing and helps to reduce our impact on the environment. We have various services to make cycling more accessible to and around the University:

    • 200+ bikes available for hire to staff and students.
    • 300+ spaces in secure compounds for cycle storage.
    • Changing rooms and locker facilities.
    • Our own workshop with expert mechanics and advice available.
    • Free maps and training.
    • Cycle to work scheme to help staff buy new bikes.

    The Cycle Hub is part of a thriving cycling movement in Nottingham. Together with Nottingham City Council, Cycling UK and Sustrans, we're aiming to ensure that NTU and Nottingham as a whole become more cycle friendly, as part of our sustainable transport policy.

    For more information check out NTU Cycle Report 2020.

Cycling facilities at NTU

    We have the following cycle storage, lockers and showers available at NTU:

    Students and staff using any of the cycle stores located on NTU property should make themselves aware of the usage policies below. We want people to be able to cycle freely across the whole NTU estate, while taking into consideration the safety of other people that may be using shared spaces.

Information about the Cycle Hub

Bike Hire

At the Cycle Hub we offer bikes to hire for NTU students and staff for £49, less than £1 a week! They are high quality hybrid bikes which are ideal for cycling around town. When you hire a bike, we also provide a free D-lock, free bike lights and a free winter maintenance session alongside maintenance advice throughout the year.

A £60 deposit is required for all hirers, which will be refunded when the bike is returned on time and in a satisfactory condition. See full terms and conditions here.

You can reserve and pay for your hire bike via NTU's Online Store. You will receive more details of collection via email.

Once you have paid for the hire bike online you can collect it from the Cycle Hub workshop behind the Student Union on city campus. If you're based at Clifton or Brackenhurst and you hire your bike during welcome week then we can bring your bike to your campus in the first few weeks of term.

You are responsible for the appropriate maintenance of your hire bike. You will lose some or all of your deposit if your bike is not returned in a suitable state. Help is at hand though, and you can always contact us or attend one of the free maintenance sessions that are advertised below.

All our hire bikes are provided with good quality D-locks as a part of the package. If you use it sensibly and make the most of our secure cycle parking, then your bike is unlikely to be stolen. If it is, then as long as your inform us of the theft promptly with a police incident number then you will only lose your deposit.

Cycle Hub Workshop

Situated behind the Students' Union on City campus, it provides a base for all Cycle Hub activities:

  • bike hire - including collections and returns
  • bike mechanic service (for hired and personal bike repairs)
  • maintenance training sessions, all abilities welcome (see events)
  • safety advice
  • The Cycle Hub Workshop is open to all staff and students, who are welcome to make the most of our qualified mechanic. The Workshop will be staffed at the following times for free advice and affordable maintenance support:

    The Cycle Hub workshop will be open 10 am – 4pm pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

    For all enquiries and maintenance bookings or more information, contact

    Staff Services

    Cycle to work scheme

    NTU is a proud participant of the Cycle to Work scheme. This national scheme allows all NTU staff to purchase bikes and accessories with significant tax incentives. For more information see the Cycle Scheme website, and to get the ball rolling visit the NTU My Benefits website. You can purchase a bike up to the value of £2,500 including e-bikes. If you have any questions, just email


    NTU Cycle Hub has 12 e–bikes that are available to hire – allowing you to experience what owning one would be like!

    This will cost £75 plus a £125 deposit, refunded on the return of the bike. The hire period is for a term (12 – 13 weeks) which means it works out to be approx. £5 per week!

    If you are interested in hiring an e-bike, please email

    The e-bikes are great for all levels of experience and with a 60-90 mile range it's ready to go again, and again, and again. Whether you want to rediscover the joy of cycling or just want a little extra push on the Monday morning rush to work, an e-bike is here to help.

    See full terms and conditions of hiring an NTU e-bike hire here

    E-bike FAQs

    We have a wide range of e-bikes available to hire:

    • Raleigh Motus Grande – The most spec ’d-out e-bike in the Raleigh range with a powerful 500WH battery.
    • Raleigh Array – The best-looking e-bike with built-in software providing a smooth pull away.
    • Raleigh Felix – The Felix is a step up from the Array as it features a Bosch Active Line Plus motor and more gears.
    • Raleigh Trace – A great looking lightweight electric bike with a 250wh battery useful for city biking
    • Raleigh Stowaway-folding – Perfect for commuters that get on public transport too. This e-bike can fold up small enough to be carried. Features a 250-w rear hub motor.

    The bikes are available to staff all year round for a hire period of 12-13 weeks

    Contact to discuss the use of the e-bike. You will then pay through NTU's online store.

    Contact Paul Hook at who will be happy to discuss which bike is best suited for your needs.

    You will receive your discount code on return of the bike from the NTU Cycle Hub


    Free Training

    Ridewise Nottingham can provide you with free nationally accredited training to help you feel more confident cycling around Nottingham. See the Ridewise website for more information.

    Cycling around Nottingham

    There are some great resources available online to help you plan your ride, whether it's finding the quickest commute or the best weekend adventure.

    Check out Cycling UK pages to gather information on how to cycle safely

    What's On

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    NTU Cycling Club

    NTU has a Cycling club offering multiple sessions a week of both road cycling and mountain biking, weekly social events and many trips across the UK.

    There are opportunities for Road cyclists to represent NTU at BUCS, 10-mile Time trial (TT) race, 25-mile TT, 3UPTT and a road race.

    When it comes to Mountain biking, BUCS is usually a 3-day event at a DH centre including practice and the race itself. They cycle local rides and offer indoor cycling coaching at City studio. Training will take place on Tuesdays (18:00 - 19:00) and Wednesdays (13:00 - 16:00).