Jess cuts ribbon on new space for bikes at DMU

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Students at De Montfort University (DMU) will have more places than ever to store their bikes on campus after the launch of a brand-new space.

The Vijay Patel Cycle Store, which sits below the freshly renovated 12-storey Art Tower at the heart of campus, was opened to students and staff alike on Monday in a presentation attended by De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s VP Welfare and Community, Jessica Okwuonu.

The secure store is completely free to use, and is accessible with student and staff swipe cards. To enable your swipe card for access, email

The new two-tier racks provide a total of 128 spaces for use by both DMU students and staff.

Jessica, who cut the ribbon on the brand-new space, said: “Not only is this an excellent use of every inch of the DMU campus, it also means more students and staff will be able to travel into the university by bike.

“Bike owners will know that security can be a big issue wherever you are, so to know that your bike is safe behind swipe card doors – and covered by CCTV – should be a real weight off people’s minds, too.”

The store, which can be accessed to the left of the Vijay Patel-ly (or Big Screen) will be open to students between 7:30am and midnight on weekdays and between 9am and 6pm on weekends during term-time.

Jess was on hand to cut the ribbon for the Vijay Patel Cycle Store alongside Associate Director of Estates, Steven Hatherley.

The DMU Sustainability team, who have been pivotal to the new store’s inclusion on campus, were on hand at the launch to demonstrate how to use the two-tier racks which allow 64 spaces for students, and a further 64 for staff.

DMU’s Sustainability Assistant, Emily Wallis, said: “We are very pleased to be offering modern and secure cycle facilities to those members of staff and students who choose to travel to the university on two wheels.

“The new two-tier racks have maximised the space available to us, resulting in a convenient storage location in the heart of DMU's newly revitalised campus.

“At DMU we value cyclists and we hope this is reflected in the new facilities available.”

To find out more about how you can use the cycle store, email DMU Sustainability on

The secure store is completely free to use, and is accessible with student and staff swipe cards.



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