Road Safety is really important in a busy city like Manchester. Oxford Road is the busiest bus route in Europe. Many students chose to walk or cycle to university to save money and be healthy. But it’s important that you stay alert when travelling to and from uni, particularly if you chose to cycle. Every year University of Manchester students are involved in accidents when cycling around Oxford Road, and sometimes these accidents are fatal.
However, this shouldn’t put you off cycling around Manchester. Below are the Students’ Union’s top safe cycling tips:
- Take part in free cycle training
- Wear high-viz clothing day or night
- Lights are a must at night (£30 fines for cycling without them)
- Stay aware: Watch out for pedestrians, car doors opening and always check over your right shoulder
- Signal: Let people know where you’re planning to go
- If in doubt, stay back. Cyclists are often unseen by buses and HGVs due to blind spots, even in cycle lanes.
- Maintain your bike: check your brakes and tyres and oil regularly. Attend a free bike maintenance course.
- Don’t cycle through red lights or listen to music whilst cycling.
The Union runs a campaign called Get On Your Bike, to help students cycle safely. They offer free ‘Road Ready’ training, bike maintenance, safety tips and more.
The University of Manchester Bicycle Users’ Group (UMBUG) offers support and events to all university staff who cycle to and from work.