Road safety

Please be careful when you are walking or cycling on or around campus. Depending on the season, you could be coming into class in the dark and going home in the dark and it is essential for your safety that you keep vigilant.

Do take extra care if you are new to the UK and/or to the city and not sure of your surroundings.

When you are cycling

  • Look and signal to show drivers what you plan to do
  • Avoid riding up the inside of large vehicles where you might not be seen
  • Always use lights after dark or when visibility is poor
  • Wear a cycle helmet and a hi-vis vest or other reflective clothing
  • Ensure your bicycle is roadworthy
  • Be considerate towards other road users
  • Follow the Highway Code. Don’t jump red lights and don’t cycle on the pavement unless it’s a designated cycle path
  • Keep to the speed limit on campus of 10mph. Pay particular care on busy roads near the University
  • Remember, pedestrians have priority at all times on campus
  • Do not wear headphones / listen to music while cycling

University support:

GUEST (Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team) Bike Hub

Get your bicycle checked or repaired, learn new skills, and pick up a new high-visibility vest.

For more information, email:

Bicycle security marking

Central Services offer free security marking for bicycles, using Bike Register kits. Drop in at the Main Gate House for this service.

When you are walking

  • Pay full attention when you are crossing the road
  • Remember that traffic in the UK drives on the LEFT
  • Look both ways before you step off the pavement
  • Only cross roads at the designated crossing, even if it means you have to walk a little further. If there is no crossing, go to a point where you can clearly see in both directions
  • Wait for the ‘crossing man’ to turn green before crossing and keep looking both ways as you cross
  • Always walk on the pavement and not on the road
  • Don't use your smartphone to talk, text or listen to music while you're crossing as it can stop you concentrating
  • If wearing headphones, always take extra care when crossing roads. Make sure you can hear the warning sirens of emergency vehicles

When you are driving

  • Remember to give priority to pedestrians on campus
  • Adhere to the speed limit at all times (10mph on campus)
  • Pay particular care on busy roads near the University
  • Check the information about driving on a non-GB driving licence if you have recently arrived from abroad and have any doubts
  • Park your vehicle legally (not on double yellow lines and not on pavements)
  • Follow the Highway Code when overtaking cyclists - leave at least 1,5 metres
  • Remember cyclists are not legally required to use cycle paths and may cycle on the road