Students share their top 10 tips for cycling at uni
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Heading off to uni for the first time is both an exciting and daunting time, and one of the biggest challenges you’re likely to face is a tight budget. UK students spend an average of £1,524 or (6% of their yearly budget – urgh...) solely on transport, so getting on your bike is a good first step to make the pounds go further. CTC, the national cycling charity, recently spoke to students cyclists from the universities of Greenwich, Leicester, Nottingham and Goldsmiths College, asking what their advice would be to first year students thinking of getting a bike. 1. It’s so quick. You’re not in traffic,you are traffic!Only you are out on your bike, in the fresh air, getting exercise and getting where you need to go quickly. You can control the time it takes to get to places, and do those journeys easily that are sometimes difficult by public transport. 2. Save ££££. Even with a student travel card, you are likely to be clocking up a few journeys during the week going to uni, work or visiting friends. Going by bike could easily save you £10-20 per week, which adds up to quite a bit of money over the year. 3. Get a good lock. These days most campuses have good or decent cycle facilities, however, bike theft, especially in more urban areas, is a sad fact. The problem is best dealt with by getting a quality lock. CTC suggest a lock with the rating of Gold.
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