Student safety and cycling in Aberdeen

Cycling is a great way to get around Aberdeen and stay healthy. As a cyclist you have the right to use the road and cycle path network but you must still follow the highway code. Following some simple safety tips can help prevent injury to you and others.

Dress in high-vis clothing

Wear visible clothing. Aberdeen weather is unpredictable so even if it is during the day, you may require lights. Scottish law dictates you must use white front and red rear lights when cycling at night. Your bicycle must also be fitted with a red rear reflector.

Wear a helmet

Protect yourself. It is essential you wear a helmet which conforms to current regulations. You can also wear padded arm and knee pads for extra protection. Find out more about staying safe while cycling in Aberdeen from Aberdeen City Council and the cycle safety charity, Think!.

Keep it secure

There is capacity to park almost 500 bicycles across the Old Aberdeen campus, and 100 at the Foresterhill Campus. Storage ranges from open air stands to covered racks and secure lockers. Find out more on the university’s dedicated cycle page.

Get around safely

Aberdeen Cycle Forum, together with Aberdeen City Council, have produced a map for cyclists in the city. Download your free cycle map or pick one up from local libraries and the Tourist Information shop on Union Street. Sustrans also provide a range of information about the best cycle routes up and down the UK.

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