Cycling in Aberdeen – World Bicycle Day

On June 3rd, cyclists from all over the world come together to celebrate World Bicycle Day and spread the joy of cycling. At RGU, we embrace cycling, encouraging everyone to cycle to and from the campus and support sustainability initiatives such as BikePad.

In addition to being great for the environment and a cost-effective way to commute, cycling can also improve fitness and bring you closer to nature!

Invented in the 19th century, thanks to the curiosity of a German baron named Karl von Drais, the bike has been one of the most enjoyable vehicles ever since.

Did you know that the bike as we know it today had different names in the past? Some of the names include the ‘velocipede’, ‘hobby-horse’, ‘draisine’ and ‘running machine’?

Whether you a regular cyclist or are considering taking up cycling, here are a few ways RGU can help you:

Cycling to the RGU campus
Getting to the RGU campus from Aberdeen is easy! The old Deeside Railway serves as a cycle pathway and passes within half a mile of the campus. If you cycle from the city, exit at Auchinyell Road and follow the blue cycling signs leading to the campus. The pathway is easy to ride but not well lit, make sure you have your lights and bright vest on.

Hire a bike through BikePad.
BikePad is renting out bikes to students and staff members who wish to hire for the summer. The rental cost is £20 and it includes a bike, bike lock, high visibility vest and lights. BikePad also offers a bike repairing service at a cost of £10. If you are interested in renting from BikePad or have your bike serviced, please email them at

If you are interested in other cycle routes in Aberdeen please take a look at this handy map.

Where is your favourite place in to cycle in Aberdeen and surrounding area? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy World Bicycle Day!

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