Aston University's Bicycle User Group, or AstBUG, is here to offer support and information to Aston university staff and student cyclists, as well as those eager to give cycling a go!
There are multiple benefits to becoming an AstBUG member, as outlined below. Membership is free for staff and students - all you need to do is email Tim Hooton on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
AstBUG Member Benefits
‘D Locks’ are recognised by the police and cycling organisations as being one of the most secure for your bike. If you sign up as an AstBUG member, you are eligible to purchase a ‘D Lock’ at a discounted rate of £10; this can be purchased from Security (to the right of the Front Desk in Main Building Reception).
AstBUG members can access the changing facilities, especially useful for those cycling a longer distance. We have male and female changing facilities on the Lower Ground with showers, a drying room and lockers to store a change of clothes, helmets etc.
Brompton have installed a cycle locker on campus by the South Wing taxi rank. Staff, students and members of the public can rent a bicycle on a daily basis and leave it in any Brompton cycle locker around Birmingham (or throughout the UK). Further details can be found on their website, which includes the annual membership and daily rental rates: www.bromptonbikehire.com/
AstBUG members get a 50% discount on the annual membership costs. Contact us for the discount code.
Although there are security personnel and CCTV facilities on site, bikes are always at risk of being stolen. Please ensure your bike is locked securely. It is recommended to use a D lock (which can be purchased from Security - see above). Lock the frame and wheel high up on the cycle stand so it's more difficult to maneuver, ensuring you lock any quick release wheels - you may need more than one lock.
There are over 200 cycle parking spaces on campus, with more on the way! If a particular shelter is full, it is very likely that there will be a free space at another shelter. you can find the locations of these shelters on the map below.
Please do not park your bike anywhere other than the designated parking spaces; you risk having your bike moved by Security if it is found to be inappropriately parked. Please refer to the Abandoned and Inappropriately Parked Bicycle Policy if you have any queries.
Birmingham City Council – Cycling information, local bike shops, free Cycling & Walking Maps, cycling plans and strategy including Eastside City Park, Be Active and BikeNorthBirmingham and other area projects.
Traffic-Free Birmingham Cycling Map: TopTubeMap.com
CycleScheme have a very useful online magazine
Road.cc and BikeHub are also very useful reference sites
Birmingham Cyclist - local cycle related discussion group
Cycle Route Planner in Birmingham
Sustrans Cycle Information and National Routes
Commuting by Bicycle in the UK , BuBUG (Birmingham Uni.)
Pushbikes - Birmingham campaign group and local information
Canal & River Trust - information about cycling on the canals