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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

How do you travel around town?


The University is committed to improving its level of sustainability, and at MMLL we’re doing our bit by aiming for the Green Impact silver award again this year. We hope to bring you news on that soon.

The rising price of fuel is constantly in the news at the moment, so there’s never been a better time to think about how you can reduce your consumption. And of course, cutting back has benefits for the environment and can boost your wellbeing at the same time. What are your options?

Getting around town

Whether you’re planning your commute or meeting friends and family at the pub, it’s worth being aware of how to make travelling in Cambridge greener.

If you’d like to change the way you travel to work but aren’t sure what to do, why not take advantage of a free, personalised travel consultation with a University Travel Advisor? They take place on MS Teams and you can book yours here.

The U bus stops very close to the Sidgwick Site on its route between Addenbrookes, the railway station and Eddington. If you’re not familiar with it, take a look at the route map.

On your bike?

The University has arranged special deals with Outspoken Cycles. Any University staff member can Borrow a Bike - complete with locks, lights and panniers - for as little as £10 for four weeks. There’s also a similar scheme for Eddington Key Worker Housing Residents.

Perhaps you’re thinking of getting back in the saddle but your trusty steed needs a bit of attention? There are regular ‘Dr Bike’ events held around Cambridge. A Bikeworks mechanic will spend 20 minutes checking over your machine and replace selected parts for free. View the events listing to see what’s coming up.

Taking to the roads can be a worry if you haven’t done it for a while. Did you know there is cycle training for adults available through the Bikeability scheme? The CycleStreets website is a great resource for planning journeys by bike.

There’s a University Park and Cycle site on the West Cambridge site which has secure bike parking and lockers for your kit. You can also walk or get the bus into the city centre if you don’t want to cycle in.

If pedalling isn’t your thing, have you tried a scooter? Cambridge has been one of the cities trialling Voi e-scooters and e-bikes

Francesca, our Faculty Secretary, gives scooters the thumbs-up: “I have used the Voi scooters multiple times and I definitely love it! It is such a fun and easy way to roam through the city feeling - for the most part – safe. I would recommend them as an alternative to biking for when you don’t feel like pedalling, although not on a daily basis as they are not very cheap!”

Making green travel easier

When inviting visitors to the Faculty, you can point them to our ‘Contact us’ page which has been updated to include more information and helpful links about transport in Cambridge. (If you have any extra suggestions, please email It’s worth noting that from 10 May, University car parks will be open to permit holders only.

Find out more

You can sign up for the Greenlines email direct from the University’s Environment & Energy team.

We hope you’re enjoying the spring weather!

The MMLL Green Team