Walking and Cycling | ECSA

Walking and Cycling

Cycling Facilities

There are bike racks and secure cycle storage on all campuses. To get access to these storage areas, speak to a member of security staff at a campus reception. You will need to show your student or staff card, and they will provide you with a unique access code.

There are pumps and puncture repair kits kept with the security team at each campus reception if you ever need them. There are also bike tools available near to the secure stores at each campus. If you need help fixing your bike, we regularly hold Dr Bike sessions on campus, where you can get it checked over by a professional mechanic for free - check out ecsa.scot/events to see if there are any upcoming sessions. 

All campuses have showers available for students to use. More information about cycling facilities can be found in the College's Sustainability team's campus-specific leaflets:

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Getting a cheap bike

If you want to buy a cheap bike to get you around town, you should consider buying secondhand. Secondhand bikes will be much better value for money than a new bike of the same price. Here is a list of places to try when looking for a secondhand bike:

There are also a few schemes that provide free bikes:


More help to get you cycling

Cycling Scotland have this very useful cycling guide you can read that covers all the basics, like what type of bike is best for you, how to handle different junctions, and how to lock your bike securely.

We also have free hi-viz materials and lights available for cyclists. Just come to your nearest ECSA office to collect these items.

You can use our Travel Planning Tool to work out the best way for you to get to college. You can also use CycleStreets to see where all the dedicated cycle paths are in Edinburgh.


Walking is great! It improves your physical and mental well-being, increases your productivity, and saves you money. If you currently get public transport to college, why not try getting off a few stops early and walking the rest of the way? Our campuses all have very scenic walking routes nearby. These can be useful for getting to college, or simply having a relaxing lunchtime stroll.


Union Canal, leading to Sighthill

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Forthquarter Park, next to Granton

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Innocent Railway path, leading to Milton Road