Cycling

Bicycle Users Group

If you wish to become a member of the Falmouth and Penryn Campus Bicycle Users Group (BUG) please email sustainability@fxplus.ac.uk for a link to the Microsoft Teams page. As a BUG member you will not be obliged to do anything but can:

  • Strengthen our hand in negotiations to improve facilities across campus and local community for cyclists.
  • Get involved in consultations with Cornwall Council, FX Plus and both universities on cycling infrastructure improvements.
  • Receive regular email updates with cycling information and special offers in local shops; and
  • Get invited to our termly BUG meetings.

On Campus Facilities

We provide showers and changing facilities free of charge for cyclists at both the Falmouth and Penryn Campuses and there are also secure cycle storage facilities located on both campuses.

Free cycle maintenance stations available 24/7 at both Penryn and Falmouth campuses. Need to adjust your brakes, tighten a nut or pump up your tyres? Pop along and use the stations for free. The workstations are comprised of an integrated work stand, pump and essential bike tools. Located at Penryn campus – between the rear of the fitness centre and the design centre, next to the steps. At Falmouth campus – in the cycle storage, adjacent to the car park by the Creative Advertising studios, below Tannachie building.

Cycle to Work Scheme

We offer the Cycle to Work Scheme which is a Falmouth Exeter Plus employee benefit and is the most cost effective way to purchase bikes and cycling equipment. The scheme is run via salary sacrifice and spreads the cost over 12 months. You can save up to 40% from bikes or cycling equipment and is a great way to get fit and reduce your travel emissions. Further information on the scheme and to apply please visit the Cycle scheme Portal 

There is also free bike tool loan available at the Penryn Campus (the Fitness Centre and at Glasney Lodge).

Further Information

There are a number of cycle shops within Falmouth and Penryn which offer discounts to students and staff, these are listed on the Falmouth and Penryn Active Travel map:

  • Bikeworks Falmouth – offers parts, labour and accessories on production of a valid staff or student card
  • Cog – 10% off parts, servicing and accessories on production of a valid staff or student card
  • Cycle Solutions Bicycle Workshop – offers 10% discounts on work and parts above the service price of £45. Services for repairs, parts and accessories – visit their Facebook(link is external) page to get in touch or for more information.
  • Falmouth Cycles – offers bikes and accessories only on production of a valid staff or student card

Second hand bikes are available to purchase at the following places:

Bike shops

  • Cycle Solutions, Penryn
  • Cyclelogic, Helston
  • Clive Mitchell Cycles, Truro
  • Bike Chain, Redruth

Recycling projects

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Useful Contacts

Cornwall’s Mineral Tramways Trails

This is one of the largest networks of its kind in Britain, tracking Cornwalls’ mining heritage. The coast to coast trail(link is external), linking the Atlantic coast on the North to the Fal Estuary on the South, is surprisingly flat.

It follows the former routes of the Portreath Tram Road, Redruth and Chasewater Railway’s. There are many loops you can take to extend your ride and experience a more challenging terrain and off road activities, great for mountain biking. There’s something for everyone, of all levels and abilities from mild to extreme.

The trail is almost all off road, so it’s great for the less experienced rider. For more information, visit the Sustrans website(link is external).

Bike Registration

FX Plus is working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure the security of students and staff bicycles. Students and staff have the opportunity to have the personal cycles marked with security provided by BikeRegister.

BikeRegister(link is external) is the UK’s leading online bicycle identification and registration initiative aiming to reduce cycle theft, identify stolen bikes and assist in owner recovery. It is the preferred marking product of the Met Police’s Cycle Task Force and is currently being used by every UK Police Force.

The cost to the students and staff is zero as the University and the Police are subsidising this.

This kit holds the Police Approved ‘Secured By Design’ badge and consists of:

1. Permanent, visible etched mark on the frame of the bike

2. A BikeRegister warning label

3. Lifetime registration on our Police Approved database

4. A logbook printed off for the owner’s account on BikeRegister website

5. A secure online account where owners can amend bike or address details