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BikeWeek 2008

Bike Week? It’s the UK’s annual ‘celebration of cycling’.

Go green, get fit and save money with Bike Week

Unleaded is now £5/gallon, and diesel over £1.20/litre.  Why not save your money, the environment and cut your chances of heart disease. Most car commuters drive less than five miles, so Bike Week encourages motorists to try cycling to work for one week.



Cardiff University launches its salary sacrifice scheme positiveCycling this year and although the scheme only opens on July 1st, we will be promoting it this week at the Open Meeting and at the Bike Breakfast. 

Cardiff University Bicycle User Group Open Meeting

(Open to all members of Cardiff University)

  • Monday 16th June, 4pm - 5pm. Large Shandon Lecture Theatre, Main Building

Short presentation and discussion on the positiveCycling scheme and any other items you want to raise - please send items for discussion to If anyone wants to become more involved in the CUBUG this is also your opportunity to put yourselves forward.

This will be followed by the National Cycle Network Ride.

Commuter Challenge

  • Wednesday 18th June, Starting 8.10am, Penarth - ?, Main College

The quickest commute: train, car, bike, motorcycle or bus?  Five different modes of transport. Who will reach Main college first?
All our commuters will set off from Penarth at 8:10am, and hope to arrive at Main College before 9am - some have more chance than others!

Bike2Work Bike Breakfast

Sponsored by Cardiff Business School, a free breakfast is available to Cardiff University employees who arrive by bicycle (funds permitting).

  • Wednesday 18th June, 8.30am onwards. Main Building car park, Cathays Campus

UHW BUG will also hold a Bike2Work Breakfast on the same morning:

  • Wednesday 18th June, 7.30am onwards. Staff Common Room, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Park Campus - Contact Matt Townsend for more details.

positiveCycling Roadshow

Information on positiveCycling scheme and The Bike Shed will also be bringing along a range of bicycles for members of staff to try out.

  • Wednesday 18th June, 9.30am - 12 noon. Main Building car park

'Dr Bike' Free Cycle Safety Check(s)

Bike ‘MOT’ checks provided for staff & students by local cycle shops, based on the 30-point Association of Bicycle Traders checklist.

Note: A free cycle safety check is not a substitute for a service undertaken by a professional cycle mechanic/technician

  • Tuesday 17th June, 9.30am - 12 noon. Main Building car park
  • Wednesday 18th June, 9.30am - 12 noon. Main Building car park

Thanks to: The Bike Doctor and The Bike Shed for providing the 'Dr Bike' cycle safety checks.

National Cycle Network Ride

18km Cycle Ride along the Taff Trail (NCN Route 8) to Castell Coch, with a pub stop at the Lewis Arms, Tongwynlais. Please bring money for a drink (or two).

  • Monday 16th June, 5.15pm start (after Open Meeting). Meet in Main College quadrangle, Cathays Park campus.

Easy Cycle Ride

Short off-road cycle ride through Bute Park, with a pub stop(!) - see how quick and easy it is to ride 5km. Suitable for novice riders to gain confidence as they ride with more experienced cyclists.  Please bring money for a drink.

  • Friday 20th June, 12.30pm start.  Meet at front of Bute Building.  For those coming from Heath site, please contact Matt Townsend if you wish to ride down together.


All events are free to members of Cardiff University, but you may wish to make a donation to be included in the draw for a Cycle Computer donated by The Bike Shed, with proceeds split between the BikeWeek's national charity Sport Relief, and Cardiff University's Social and Community Action Network (SCAN).


Dr Valerie Greer (INSRV) / Mr Peter Dorrington (CARBS)

Cardiff University Bicycle User Group