Cycling

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Secure Bike Parking

There is a secure bike lock up outside Science East (behind the mural wall), complete with CCTV, fencing and accessed by UCARD. Access is free for all current staff and students. Complete the form below and drop into Campus Services to have your UCARD activated.

Commuting Shower & Locker Facilities

There are shower & day use locker facilities that active commuters can use on the Belfield & Blackrock campus. Click below for a map. Extensive facilities are available in the Science Hub.
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Belfield Bike Shop

The Belfield Bike Shop can provide on site sales, repairs & equipment for all cyclists. They can also provide bikes under the Bike to Work Scheme and operate a pop up bike shop every Thursday at the Food Market outside the Sutherland Building for everyday maintenance and needs

Bike Rental in UCD

If you don't own a bike but need to move around campus quickly, Bleeperbikes are available for hire on Belfield & Blackrock campuses.
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Public Repair Stands

There are six public repair stands complete with multiple tools and an integrated bike pump located throughout UCD at the below locations:
  • James Joyce Library
  • Student Centre
  • Glenomena Student Residences
  • Lochlann Quinn School of Business
  • Richview
  • Blackrock Campus
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Cycling to UCD

For those who cycle or would like to cycle to UCD use the Transport for Ireland Cycle Planner to get the best possible routes.

Parking Your Bike in UCD

There are over 4,000 bicycle parking spaces on campus. Click the button below to view a map. You can also get directions to any location on campus.

Bicycle Security

A bicycle is a great way of commuting to and from UCD. Unfortunately every year there are a number of reports of bicycle thefts on campus. In order to eliminate this problem, we are encouraging all users to consider the following steps:Always lock your bicycle, even if you are just leaving it for a couple of minutes.

  • Lock your bicycle through the frame to a bicycle stand.
  • Always secure bicycles to official bicycle stands only, never in front of a fire exit, handrail etc.
  • Secure removable parts – lock both wheels and the frame together.
  • Choose a good quality lock. Cable and wire locks are far less effective than a good quality hardened steel U-lock or D-lock. If possible, avoid the use of combination locks.
  • As a rule of thumb, a lock should cost at least 10% of the value of the bicycle – a cheap ineffectual lock will not deter thieves.
  • Take a clear, colour photograph of your bicycle and make a written record of its description, including serial number and any other unique features, so that if stolen you can report it accurately.
  • Register your Bicycle. UCD in conjunction with An Garda Síochána are encouraging all bicycle owners to register their bicycle with a bicycle registration service such as Bike Shepherd. This simple process enables you to register your bicycle for free online. A stolen bicycle can then be flagged and has a greater chance of recovery. You can also check to see if a bicycle you are considering purchasing has been reported stolen. For further information visit the Bike Shepard website or the UCD Bike Shop.

By taking these simple steps the risk of bicycle theft can be greatly reduced.
If you see suspicious activity or suspect a bicycle is being stolen please report this to Campus Services on Ext 7000 or 01 7167000.

Bicycle Safety

As a cyclist, you can reduce risk by following some simple advice:

  • Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white for front, red for rear
  • Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorscent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you
  • Wear a helmet
  • Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn
  • Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic
  • Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition
  • Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath
  • Watch your speed, especially when cycling on busy streets and going downhill
  • Steer well clear of left-turning trucks: let them turn before you move ahead

Getting to UCD

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TFI services that assist commuters plan their journey more effectively
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