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Cycling can be a quick way to get about in the local area and help keep you fit and healthy.

There are quiet roads and dedicated cycle paths linking the College with local towns and villages such as Englefield Green, Egham, Staines-upon-Thames, Windsor and Virginia Water. For people living locally the Windsor Great Park offers a traffic-free environment to enjoy leisure cycling.

Surrey County Council produces a range of cycling maps and guides, which can be downloaded from their website.

The College offers parking spaces for over 600 bicycles at the main campus and Kingswood, many of which are covered. There are showers for cyclists in the Sports Centre,  Founder's East 127 and Bourne Level 3. If you're new to cycling the London Cycling Campaign offers good advice about buying a bicycle and tips for getting started.

Cycle to Work Scheme

Royal Holloway is part of the Cycle to Work scheme. This allows staff to save money when purchasing a new bicycle to make possible their commute to work by bike. For more information visit Cyclescheme or email.

Please note that the terms of the Cycle to Work scheme changed in 2010. This affects all existing and new users. Please consult the Cyclescheme website or HR for details.

Lunchtime cycles

Want a breath of fresh air? Why not revive yourself with a gentle (or vigorous) cycle into Windsor Great Park? There are plenty of routes to suit all abilities.

Useful links

Walking is the pinnacle of sustainable travel. Not only will it keep you healthy, it will increase energy levels, boost your metabolism and will keep your carbon contributions very low.

Find walking and running routes near the College at Step Where?

The Walk It website will help you get around London on foot and find interesting routes round the capital.

For full details of travelling to the College by public transport and using the College bus service, see the Getting Around pages

For more information on how to plan your journey using public transport visit the Transport Direct website, which provides a door to door journey planner, live travel news and lots of other information and links.



Car sharing is a great way of saving money on travelling costs whilst helping reduce congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. Car sharing just once a week can slash your petrol bills by 10 per cent.

The College has teamed up with Surrey Car Share to offer an online car share matchmaking service. This service lets you offer a lift, ask for a lift or say you're open to both. Using the service is a two step process:

  • register your details
  • then register a journey you want to make; your regular commute and/or one off journeys.

Frequently asked questions

The site is 'Surrey car share', is it only for people living in Surrey?

No, the site is part of a national network called liftshare.com. You can register wherever you live.

What personal details are shown to other users?

The following details are the only ones shown to other users: name, street on which your journey begins, gender, age range and if you are a smoker.

How do I share only with staff and students from Royal Holloway?

When you register a journey you're given the option of showing your journey only to the Royal Holloway group or with a wider county or national network. If you choose the Royal Holloway group your journey will only be available to people who have registered with a Royal Holloway email address. However, widening your search means that you'll have more chance of a match.

Can I choose to car share with only males/females?

Yes, you can also request to share with smokers or non-smokers.


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Bicycle Users Group

The Bicycle User's Group (BUG) has been re-established to cater for cyclists to the College. The BUG exists to promote and encourage cycling to the College and provide a forum for cyclists to feed into College travel initiatives.

The BUG will meet regularly and facilitated by the Sustainability Officer. Read the BUG Terms of Reference .

The Minutes of the BUG will be available online after each meeting.

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December 2010


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