Cycling to UOW
Map your route to the University – or elsewhere in Wollongong – using cyclist-preferred routes.
- UOW Access Guide
- Wollongong City Council Cycling Guide
- Roads and Maritime Services' Cycleways finder map
Cyclists may share all paths on UOW's campuses with pedestrians. Courteous and safe cycling is important to ensure the safety of everyone on campus.
Bike racks, bike bases and end of trip facilities
Bike parking locations on campus
There are bike racks sufficient for nearly 1000 bicycles on the Wollongong Campus to ensure parking is convenient and safe. Bike racks are located outside nearly every building on campus. Other campuses also have racks available. Please email email@example.com if you think more bike racks are needed at any campus. Bicycles must be parked at designated bike racks – not chained to railings, light posts, trees or buildings. Bikes not parked at designated racks may be impounded by Security.
It is strongly recommended that you use a D-Bolt lock to secure your bike to the rack.
At the Wollongong Campus, there are five undercover Bike bases where you can lock up your bike and have access to shower facilities, change rooms and toilets. Best of all, they're free to use for staff and students you just need to get a UOW access card.
Bike bases are located at:
- SMART (Bld 6) - inside at the north western corner of the building - enter on the ground floor from the northern side.
- Arts (Bld 19) - at the south-east corner of the building near the car park.
- Early Start (Bld 21) - under the building on the north eastern side - access via car park or internal stairs.
- IHMRI (Bld 32) - under the building at the southern side - access via the car park.
- Sciences Teaching Facility (Bld 43) - under the building - access via the ring road.
- Sports Hub (Bld 9)
Showers are available at all locations either inside the bike base (Bld 19 and Bld 32) or nearby.
For all locations, excluding the Sports Hub, you need to complete the Bike Base Access Application Form (pdf document). If you don't yet have a UOW access card, take the form to the UOW Post Office in the UniShop. Access cards are $20 (which is a one off fee). A UOW access card will give you access to your nominated Bike base which is a locked and monitored area.
Please note that while the University cannot accept responsibility for items lost or stolen from the bike bases, there are security cctv cameras in place and card access to the rooms can be traced to the cardholder. UOW recommends that you lock up your bike and do not leave other valuables in the bike base. Please report any incidents immediately to UOW Security.
Download the Tips for bike security brochure (pdf document)
Lockers for cyclists
Lockers are available in the bike bases at buildings 6 and 19 and the cost is currently a $60 deposit plus $20 per year. Keys may be obtained by filling out the Bike Base Locker Application Form (pdf document) and taking it to the Post Office in the UniShop. Lockers are available on a first come first served basis. Please read the terms and conditions of use on the back of the form.
Short term lockers are also available in the Sports Hub building near the showers. Contact UniActive (02 4221 8133) for more information.
Bike maintenance stations
The Wollongong Campus has two DIY bike repair stations located at the Jugglers Lawn (near the UniBar) and outside Bld 20. The stations have a bike pump and there are many different tools to help you keep your bike in top condition, and you can even get video maintenance tips by scanning the QR code on the station.
Bike share program
A bike share program has been established for student residents and is currently available at Bangalay and will be available at other student residences soon. Visit the Bike Share webpage for more details .
Bike safety and security
Tips to ride safely
- Wear an approved helmet that has been correctly fitted
- Observe road rules
- Be cautious when moving between paths and roads
- Give way to pedestrians
- Slow down near pedestrians
- Use your bell if approaching pedestrians
- Do not ride at excessive speed
- Do not ride through building entrances, arcades or within buildings
- Use white headlight and rear red light after dark, and wear bright clothing or a safety vest
- Transport for NSW provides more tips and information on road safety.
- Check tyre tread and pressure
- Check brakes and gearing
- If you use your bike at night, check the operation of your head and tail lights, and ensure the batteries are well charged
Report cycling hazards
- If you see any hazards or problems on campus, please forward details of the location and issue via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you see hazards or problems on the roads or cycleways around Wollongong, please report them to Wollongong City Council. You can use the app Snap Send Solve to send a photo and GPS location directly.
- The Roads and Maritime Services' website has a great section for NSW cyclists to "Report a cycle safety hazard". This function has been created to service all of NSW to ensure hazards are reported and directed to the appropriate authority.
- The StartLocal website also has a great guide to bike safety.
Several bike parking locations are monitored by security cameras or are situated in more secure areas.
You can help to ensure that your bike is safe and secure by following these simple tips:
- Use a quality lock D- bolt lock to secure your bike and ensure that you secure the wheels and the frame to the bike rack.
- Do not leave any valuable property with your bike.
- Keep a photograph, serial numbers, manufacturer, model, proof of purchase and any identifiable features about your bike in case of theft.
UOW Bicycle User Group
The UOW BUG is a group of staff and students who cycle and are interested in working to make cycling to University safer, easier and more enjoyable for every level of cyclist. If you are interested in being involved in the UOW Bug, please email email@example.com.
Other useful information for cyclists
- Roads and Maritime Services cycling resources
- NSW Road Rules and other Roads and Maritime Resources
- StartLocal website listing around 900 bike shops in Australia, to help you find your local bike shop