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Sustainable Travel

London is a public transport and cycle-friendly city with a range of cycle routes which enable easy commuting to all of our campuses, providing the opportunity to keep fit and reduce the emissions produced by the University's activities. 

We utilise a hybrid working model that allows staff to reduce the number of days when they are required to commute to work. 

We encourage staff & students to consider if an activity can be carried out online without travelling. If travelling is necessary, we encourage staff to take trains or buses for UK based business travel and to consider the carbon footprint when selecting travel options to other countries.  

We aim to actively promote cycling as a healthy travel option for journeys to, from and between the campuses with the following available to our staff and students. Queen Mary provide cycle racks at all campuses and further information on facilities can be found below. Through this promotion we aim to reduce our commuting and business travel emissions while disseminating healthy and low emission travel into our staff and students’ personal travel choices.  

See our student cycle guide below for some key information. 

QMUL Student Cycle Guide [PDF 5,203KB]

Cycle Storage

Queen Mary University has now installed cycle pods at our Mile End and Charterhouse Campus. The pods provide secure cycle storage to students and staff. To register for access please complete the form below and a member of staff will be in touch with more information. 

Mile end Cycle Pod Registration Form 2021/22 (Queen Mary Login Required)

The coloured pods are located in four areas:

  • YELLOW- Residences (between France House & Creed Court)
  • GREEN- Outside Students' Union Hub/Nest
  • PINK- Library Square/Geography Building
  • BLUE- Outside QMotion Gym and Sports Hall 

Please refer to the campus map to locate your nearest pod

Mile End also has a communal sheltered bike store with a living roof opposite the Bancroft Building, this cycle storage has is open for anyone to use with their own bike lock.

CHsq Cycle Pod Registration Form - 2022/23 (Queen Mary Login Required)





The pods are located between John Vane and Wolfson Building.

Please refer to the campus map to locate the pod

Staff based at Department W in Whitechapel are able to use the secure cycle storage area in the basement. 


We have an active staff and students cycle group, who discuss topics like the best routes to and from the university, cycling facilities, and events for cyclists. QM staff and students can join the QM Cyclists MS Teams Group or by using the MS Teams Code: 4uid4dk.

Shower and changing facilities are available at the following locations on our London campuses:

Mile End

  • Queens’ Building, Basement
  • Graduate Centre, 3rd & 4th Floor
  • Fogg Building, Ground Floor
  • Bancroft Building, Ground Floor
  • Scape Building, Ground Floor
  • QMotion Gym (membership required)


  • Department W, Basement 
  • Blizard Building, Basement
  • Empire House, Basement

A bike pump is available in the cycle shelter at Mile End next to Beaumont Court (Building 53).

We regularly hold free bike maintenance and security marking sessions across our campuses. For more information about the next event contact

Locally, there is free 1-2-1 cycle training available through Tower Hamlets council. Whether getting on a bike for the first time or tackling a particularly tricky section of a journey, the training is tailor-made to your needs!


It is important to ensure that wherever you park your bike, steps are taken to ensure it is not seen as a potential target for thieves. Please note that QMUL does not accept any liability for theft or damage to bicycles left anywhere on its estate.

Make sure you lock your bicycle securely to a solid object, using a solid D-lock, or even better using two locks to avoid the risk of theft.


Check you are riding safely – Transport for London offer a range of tips for all road users, including cyclists, to help minimise the chance of incidents occurring; with simple tips on keeping yourself visible and advice on how to avoid placing yourself in potentially dangerous situations.

Cycle to Work Scheme

As part of the Government's Green Transport Plan Initiative and in line with Queen Mary’s well-being policy, the cycle to work scheme aims to encourage staff to cycle to work by offering significant savings on the cost of bikes and accessories. It is a salary sacrifice scheme that allows you to pay for the bike in monthly instalments whilst saving through tax and NI exemptions.

For more information go to where you will find:

  • An online calculator to work out your monthly payments and how much you could save
  • A short video on how the scheme works
  • Shop finder for participating independent bike shops - just enter a postcode

Please email if you have any questions.

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