Facilities on campus
Re-Cycle (Dr Bike) - servicing, repairs and second-hand bikes
Facilities and parking
Wet and dry lockers
The University has 20 'wet and dry' cycle lockers. There are two areas within
the locker to use a standard clothes hanger to store wet clothes on one side and
dry on the other, with another compartment to store cycle equipment. We now have
ten lockers in both male and female changing rooms which are located on level 3,
in the 2001 building accessed by Square 4 entrance (where Barclays was located).
Please complete a cycle
locker application form (.pdf) if you would like to hire a locker. If you no
longer wish to hire a locker then please complete a
withdrawal form (.pdf).
Showers and changing rooms
We have male and females showers and changing rooms available. They are located
on level 3, in the 2001 building accessed by Square 4 entrance (where Barclays was located).
North Towers cycle park
There is a cycle park adjacent to Rayleigh Tower at the end of the cycle path
between Boundary Road and the North Towers causeway. CCTV and lighting covers
the park and there are places for 272 bicycles.
Security - University Cycle Watch
Cycle tagging involves removing the saddle and dropping a 'shuttlecock' type plug
containing a micro chip down the main frame which is difficult, if not
impossible to remove. There is a different shape chip for cycles with
interrupted seat tubes.
The chip transmits a unique number which can be read by using a special
reader which our Security team will use. This reader is also used by secondhand shops to ensure goods
have not been stolen. A sticker is offered as a visual deterrent and warning to
opportunist thieves that this system is in place.
Once registered the bicycle owner can download a certificate of ownership
which stays with the owner of the bicycle. The unique number and bicycle details
are recorded on a national database which only authorised scheme operators (such
as the Police) have access to.
You can enrol on the scheme at the Estate Management Helpdesk. A small registration
fee is payable. For more details about the scheme please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Showers and lockers are available for staff and students in The Gateway
Building. Student showers are located on the fifth floor and staff showers on
the ground floor. Coin operated lockers are located on the second and third
Maintenance and repairs
Maintenance and repairs are available from The Comfy Saddle located
just 100m from the University building, inside Southend Central Station,
opposite The Last Post pub.
Calling all cyclists or potential cyclists! Get pedalling this autumn by
picking up a recycled bicycle at a special sale:
- University Square, Southend
- Date to be announced
The ReCycle Centre will be bringing a selection of refurbished bicycles to
sell to students and staff and will include a range of mountain bikes, shoppers
and hybrids. Bicycles will be priced at around £70 and there will also be a
range of affordable accessories to purchase.
A team from The Comfy Saddle will also be on hand to provide maintenance
short courses, advice and further information on the beautiful bikes and student
discounts they have on offer. The Comfy Saddle is located just 100m from the
University building, inside Southend Central Station, opposite The Last Post
If you would like to explore Southend by bicycle,
Cycle Southend offers guided rides, training and information about cycling
around the area.
If you're new to cycling or simply new to cycling in the UK, we have
organised a series of sessions on Wednesday afternoons at the Colchester Campus
during October and November to help you cycle safely to and
Women only confidence building rides
Learn a basic bike safety check that you can do yourself, then come along on a short, gentle, off-road ride to Greenstead, with useful guidance and support on signalling, cycle paths, gears and the UK highway code.
- 12 October, 1.00pm - 2.30pm (women only).
Uni to the town centre
Discover a mainly off-road, quiet and pleasant ride into the town centre via Tesco Hythe, the Wivenhoe Trail (town bound) and Castle Park and
back again. The distance is about 6 miles (9.6km) in total.
- 12 October, 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
Confidence building ride – everyone
Learn a basic bike safety check you can do yourself, then come along on a short, gentle, off-road ride to Greenstead, with useful guidance and support on signalling, cycle paths, gears and the UK highway code.
- 19 October, 12.30pm – 2pm (everyone)
Uni to Wivenhoe
Circular route taking in the off-road route to the top of Wivenhoe, cycling to the bottom of Wivenhoe via the road for a stop at the chip
shop, then returning to Uni off road via the scenic Wivenhoe Trail. The distance is about 4 miles (6.4km).
Cycling in the UK for international students
New to cycling in the UK? Come along on a short ride highlighting the essentials of cycling in the UK: shared vs. segregated paths; where
you can and can’t cycle; road signs; who gives way to who; elephant feet; advance stop lines and the UK highway code.
- 26 October, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.
'See Me' - cycling in the winter months
Bring your bike for a chat and short ride. We will show you how to do a regular basic bike safety check, talk about what the UK law
says on riding at night, advice and practicalities about riding in the dark and during the winter months then go on a short ride in the twilight.
- 26 October, 4.30pm – 6.00pm.
- 2 November 5.00pm – 6.30pm.
Everyone coming along to a See Me session will receive FREE high visibility accessories and will be entered into a FREE prize draw where a
set of lights are up for grabs for each session.
Important information about the rides
Places are limited for each session so booking is essential.
Please bring your roadworthy bike, appropriate clothing and a drink and snack if you think you will need one. Each session will start
with a basic bike check and warm up before we set off.
If you have any questions about the sessions before you book email email@example.com or call
01206 506476. If you have any questions about cycling at the University please call Charlotte Humphries, Transport Policy Manager on 01206 874597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff bike purchase scheme
The Cyclescheme deducts the cost
of a new bike and equipment from your gross salary, enabling you to save up to
What you need to do
- Visit a participating bike shop
and choose your bike. There is a £1,000 limit but you can top it up with your own money
if you've chosen a more expensive bike.
- Get a quote from the shop (and their Cyclescheme retailer reference).
- Visit the Cyclescheme website and use employer code fdb84 to apply.
- Once you've submitted your application and it's approved by HR, you'll receive an electronic
voucher for you to take to the bike shop.
There are maps of your local area's cycle routes in Southend,