8th March 2017

Cycling

Cycling in St Andrews

St Andrews is a compact town, easily accessible by bicycle. Cycling is a great way to stay fit, have fun and make sure to arrive at those meetings on time!

Here in St Andrews we have a lot of support to help you on your way. We run Training Courses, operate a Bike Loan Scheme, organise Led Rides,  have Bike Maintenance Kits in all University halls of residence, and Cycle Repair Hubs in DRA and ABH, run regular Bike Maintenance Sessions (Bike Pool), organise fun events, offer advice, and more! All of our events are open to everyone: University staff and students, local residents and visitors.

Two key resources to help you on your way include the St Andrews Smart Travel Map and Cycling Scotland’s Essential Cycling Skills Guide.

Here are some key websites that will give you all of the information you need to get on your bike.

  1. Obtaining a bicycle

2. Hiring a bicycle

3. Maintaining your bicycle

4. Donating or selling your bicycle

5. Events

6. Cycling in St Andrews Facebook Page and Bike Pool Facebook Group

Cycling Maps

Want to know the best way to get around town on a bike? Don’t know where you can park your bike? Why not check out our Smart Travel Map of St Andrews and/or join us on a led ride.

Cycle Streets is an easy-to-use, comprehensive journey planner advises you not only of the time it will take, but also the route break-down, distance, elevation, calories burned, carbon saved, and how busy the route is likely to be.

 

Local Groups

St Andrews Space for Cycling

St Andrews Space for Cycling is campaigning for safe cycling space for people of all ages in and around St Andrews, and to make St Andrews the most cycle friendly town in Scotland. More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Taycoasters

The group is part of the Cycling UK Big Bike Revival project in Scotland and they offer rides led by trained cycle ride leaders. The rides will be either a Saturday or a Sunday most weekends. Dates and further information can be found on their website and Facebook page.

University of St Andrews Cycling Club

If you are a University of St Andrews student or staff member, the University of St Andrews Cycling Club might be for you! They describe themselves as follows:

“If you have a passion for riding bicycles or the enthusiasm to try out this most glorious of sports, then UStACC can offer you the means to supercharge your university experience. From the lycra layered roadies to the filth fanatical mountain bikers, there is a place for your discipline and ability. As well as making the most of the stunning fife countryside we offer adventures to some of the most spectacular riding locations further afield. Our socials and camaraderie are the stuff of legend. Ride Bikes. Have fun. Join UStACC.”

Please see their Facebook group for more details.

Local Business

There are plenty of local bicycle shops and services to cater for your cycling needs. Here are three of the main businesses we know of. If we have missed anyone, please do not hesitate to email us at admin@gostandrews.org and we will update this page with the details.

Chariots of Hire

We are a student-run bike rickshaw service offering tours and transport around the historic town of St. Andrews. All enquiries can be directed to cts5@st-andrews.ac.uk. More information can be found on the Facebook page.

Cyclepath

Cyclepath offers everything to keep your bike on the road. From simple safety checks through to complete strip-down and rebuild, they are equipped to meet all your bike needs at prices you’ll appreciate. They can collect and return your bike to any address in North East Fife for a modest extra charge, and also provide a regular service in Edinburgh. More information can be found on their Facebook page and website.

Spokes

Cycling equipment stockists based in St Andrews, Dundee and Kirkaldy. They offer bicycle servicing, repairing and sell a range of new bicycles. They also offer a daily/weekly bicycle hire scheme and can offer a pro bike fit. Spokes also form part of the University’s Cycle to Work Scheme.

More information can be found on their Facebook page and website.

Fife Cycle Centre

Bicycle shop based at Leuchars. They offer services, repairs and sales. They are also part of the University of St Andrews’ Cycle to Work scheme.

More information can be found on their website or by giving them a call on 01334 838989.

2 Wheel Care

Another participant in the University’s Cycle to Work scheme, 2 Wheel Care in Pitscottie can help you with everything from new or used bikes, repairs, servicing, parts, general advice or mechanical support for cycling events. Find out more information on their website.

Purchasing Bicycle Lights

If you’re heading out on your bike at or after dusk, be sure to pop those lights on your bike! There are plenty of places that sell them for a good price. They include, but are not restricted to: Spokes, Cyclepath and Fife Cycle Centre (as aforementioned), plus:

Tresspass Outdoor Store: South St, St Andrews

University Shop: St Mary’s Place, St Andrews

Mica DIY Store: South St, St Andrews

Gardens, Mowers and Tools DIY Store: Largo Road, St Andrews

St Andrews Bike Pool: Dates can be found on the Transition calendar or the Cycling in St Andrews Facebook page.

Cycle to Work Scheme

The University of St. Andrews is pleased to announce that it is offering its employees the opportunity to take advantage of the TAX-free cycle to work staff benefit. This is available through Cycle Solutions and local bike stores (see details below). The scheme enables employees to save up to 48% on the value of goods over a 12-month contracted hire term. Employees can choose packages up to an RRP value of £1,111.11.

There are two options to choose from when using the Bike to Work scheme:

1. Orders can be placed directly with Cycle Solutions either at one of the roadshows, online or by phone on 0330 100 2480. Once the order is confirmed Cycle Solutions will upload a copy of the employee hire agreement contract. Once the employee and the employer approve the hire agreement contract Cycle Solutions will contact the employee to discuss the free delivery of their goods. In the month following the despatch of goods your salary sacrifice payments will commence. If you have any questions then please contact Cycle Solutions on 0330 100 2480 or by email to info@cyclesolutions.co.uk.

2. Orders can be placed directly at one of the local bike shops detailed below. Once you have chosen the bike you would like and have mentioned to the store that you would like to use this scheme the store will then process the relevant paperwork.

  • Spokes Cycles, 37 South Street, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9QR, Tel: 01334 477835
  • Fife Cycle Centre, 2 Meadow Road, Leuchars, Fife, KY16 0EX, Tel: 01334 838989

For more information, please see the University’s website and/or email:  environment@st-andrews.ac.uk

Events and Volunteering

Do you like repairing bikes? Free food? Going on social rides? Bike to Work Breakfasts? Watching movies? Improving cycling infrastructure? Going to the pub? Whatever it is, we have the event for you. Keep up to date with all of the latest events on the Cycling in St Andrews Facebook Event Page.

Want to get involved? Have any questions? Why not send Lara (Sustainable Transport Officer) an email at: lf47@st-andrews.ac.uk. There are loads of ways you can help! All comments and questions, no matter how big or small, are very welcome.

Training

Bike Pool offers regular maintenance sessions for anyone looking to make their bicycle run smooth. Just turn up to a session with your bike and join in.

If you would like to become a Bike Pool volunteer we run regular, one day training sessions that will teach you more in-depth skills. We also have limited funding for volunteers to attend a Velotech silver course that will enable you to fix bikes up to a recognised standard.

Led Rides

Join us for led rides around the town and to beautiful local locations. We will be able to give you some tips on bike maintenance, safe road riding and the best routes around town. An ideal way to get back in the saddle or introduce you to cycling in the UK – plus it’s a great social. Check out the Transition UStA Calendar or the Sustainable Transport Facebook Page Events Tab for forthcoming events.

We are currently looking for cycle leaders. We will arrange training via the Cycle Scotland Ride Leader programme for those of you who would like to lead rides. This is an excellent vocational skill that will enhance your experience and CV, and will be at no cost to you! Email admin@gostandrews.org to register your interest.

Handy Links

There are a selection of cycling-related links to help you on your way listed on this website. Let us know if there are any other links worth sharing and we’ll be sure to pop them on. Email the team at: admin@gostandrews.org.