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Top university for cycling

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  1. gembo
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    Is Edinburgh

    According to Student Union surveys

    Cambridge down in sixth as Bike Thefts in the equation

    Posted 1 month ago #
  2. nobrakes
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    When I was down in Cambridge I was really impressed by the town's cycling support. Hardly a car in the centre at all, bikes everywhere. Compared to riding Edinburgh city centre it seemed several orders of magnitude better.

    Can't comment on bike thefts but it would probably be 'take your pick' given the hundreds chained to every available bike rack and fence with cheap locks.

    I was impressed by both the lack of cars and the quality of the air.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  3. ejstubbs
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    Pal of mine when I was at Cambridge wanted someone to steal his bike so he could claim on the insurance. He never locked it up and left it in all sorts of likely places but no one ever took a fancy to it!

    That said, most student bikes in those days were right old clunkers*. I suspect these days there may be a few nice machines worth a tidy sum in the college bike stores.

    * Except mine, of course: its main handicap was having been rebuilt by yours truly with rather more enthusiasm than knowledge or skill - so no change there, then...

    Posted 1 month ago #
  4. the canuck
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    I did have mine stolen in cambridge, first or second day i took it out of the house.
    I did like cycling there, but not so much in the city centre. lots of students who had never had a driver's license with no road craft/sense, international students who have different ideas about road craft, strava-heads with the sun attached to the front of their bikes.

    sharing the paths with horses was interesting.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  5. Cyclingmollie
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    Almost everyone I knew at Edi Uni who arrived with a bike had it stolen within weeks.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  6. paulmilne
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    When I moved into a flat in Newington Road many many moons ago one of my new flat mates did not leave it to chance - he arranged for a friend to steal his nearly new bike to claim the insurance - they both got new bikes out the deal. Very unsavory I thought.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  7. piosad
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    Of course this is all very removed from reality when pretty much anyone attempting to cycle to campus has to deal with some horrific infra black hole, whether that be the 'Quality' Bike Corridor, the Teviot gyratory, the King's Theatre junction, or the Leith Walk/Leith Street/Bridges gauntlet. I'm afraid the higher ups do not seem to get it. I've been bringing this stuff up whenever I was in a position to do so, to be met with blank stares and a 'that's interesting'. My latest crusade is George Square, where all the students currently being encouraged to come to campus will apparently be queuing, but advocating that CEC close it to cars isn't something that can be considered. So folk will be physically distancing on narrow pavements because the local letting agency needs somewhere to park.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. jdanielp
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    No sign of Heriot-Watt on the list. I will offer to resign as a volunteer Active Travel Champion, although frankly the university is mostly to blame, having one member of staff responsible for Environment and Energy where other places have entire departments, for not funding the excellent Transition Group (and, in the process, commercialising The Bike Bothy 'under the wing' of Oriam) when it lost its external funding a few years ago, and various other things.

    Posted 1 month ago #

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