Our easy cycle hire scheme, run by our fantastic volunteers, will get you to campus in time for that early morning lecture without the hassle of overcrowded buses or overpriced tickets! For just a small deposit and staggeringly low rental price, you can pick up a Go Green bike stress-free and give cycling in the Grantie City a shot.
How it works:
In order to hire the bike, you must be a current student or staff member, and you'll need to pay a booking deposit of £40 (shown as a "booking fee" on your receipt) which will be returned in full at the end of your rental period, provided the bike hasn't been damaged in an way. Currently bikes can be booked online for two semesters. If you are an Erasmus student and require a bike for one semester only, please contact our Bike Hire team to discuss your arrangements.
We'll check that the bike is safe to ride and provide any maintenance support that you may need during your rental period. We'll also set you up with a helmet, U-lock, hi-vis jacket, lights, reflectors, a bell and a city cycle map, so you can be road-ready from day one!
To find out more before confirming your booking, email our Bike Hire team at email@example.com
Need a quick fix to your bike, maybe your chain oiled up or your tyres pumped? Our volunteers can show you how to maintain your bike and we have plenty of useful tools to make sure you're always road-ready! Bike Pad can be found in the Garthdee House Annex, in room SA 47C. Our opening times are updated weekly on Facebook, so make sure to check online before dropping by.
If you're not familiar with that part of campus, check out the map below:
We need volunteers!
As part of our BikePad scheme, we are recruiting enthusiastic people to help support the maintenance and distribution of the bikes. You do not need to be expereienced - we can offer you free bike maintenance workshops to become a trained volunteer. Or maybe you would like to organise and lead a cycle trip through the bonnie braes of Aberdeenshire? In any case, we would love to have you on board! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to get involved.
Cycling into campus
It’s no secret that Aberdeen isn’t the most cycle friendly city, but luckily getting to the RGU campus is easy!
The old Deeside Railway Line path starts at Duthie Park and passes within half a mile of campus. Exit the path at Auchinyell Road and follow the blue cycling signs leading towards Garthdee Campus.
The railway line is flat and traffic- free but not well lit, so make sure you’re set up with lights and bright clothing in the winter.
It’s important to keep safe and know the rules of the road before you set out on your bike. The do’s and don’ts for cyclists vary between countries, so this section might be particularly useful for international students. The UK government has handily put together all the rules in the Highway Code that apply to cyclists. You can have a read of here.
The most important thing to note is that in the UK, cyclists are generally expected to behave like other traffic. This means stopping at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, waiting your turn at roundabouts and junctions, and not cycling on pavements (unless there’s a sign to tell you otherwise, of course!).
For more information on the project or how to get involved, shoot us a message on the Go Green Facebook page or come chat with us in room SA 47C!