Campus Facilities: Water Fountains and Showers

I think everyone would appreciate having a map or a list of facilities that an active commuter might need throughout the day, from cycle parking to showers. There is a list of showers to be found on UCL’s website and I’ve just received a list of water fountains which I’m posting below and also adding to our “Maps” section for now (until I find a better place for it).

Please feel free to leave some suggestions in the comments box (more water fountains? other facilities?)

Here’s the list – perhaps not the easiest to navigate but hopefully helpful nonetheless:

Building Name

Floor

Description of Location

Accessible to all students?

Supply Type

Cruciform

Ground Floor

Between male and female toilet, in Room G.C.05

Yes

Fountain

Cruciform

First Floor

In the Café in the interactive wing

Yes

Dispenser

Pearson

Ground Floor

Next to entrance of G92

No – only Geography students

Fountain

Pearson

First Floor

Outside rooms 114-116

No – only Geography students

Fountain

Slade

First Floor

Outside Studio 2

No – only for Slade students

Fountain

Health Centre

3 Gower Place

Second Floor

In waiting area

Yes

Dispenser

Dental Centre

3 Gower Place

Fifth Floor

In waiting area

No – only for patients

Dispenser

Physics

Ground Floor

Outside E11

Yes – access via South Cloisters

Fountain

Physics

First Floor

Between D17-D23

Yes – access via South Cloisters

Fountain

Physics

Second Floor

Between C14-C19

Yes – access via South Cloisters

Fountain

Physics

Third Floor

Between B17-B21

Yes – access via South Cloisters

Fountain

Physics

Fourth Floor

Outside A13

Yes – access via South Cloisters

Fountain

Main Library

Second Floor

At the end of the History corridor

Yes

Fountain

Refectory

Opposite the serving counters

Yes

2 x Dispenser

Nanotechnology

Third Floor

Near the lift

No – only for Nanotechnology personnel

Dispenser

Nanotechnology

Fifth Floor

In the common room

No – only for Nanotechnology personnel

Dispenser

Maths

Sixth Floor

Staff room

No – only for p/grds&Msc students

Dispenser

Drayton House

Basement

Outside B16

Yes

Tap Fountain

SSEES

First Floor

Near lockers and stairwell

Yes

Fountain

Gordon House

Basement

Outside B05

Yes

Fountain

Chemistry

Ground Floor

Outside G6

Yes

Tap Fountain

Science Library

Second Floor

Outside Medical Sciences

Yes

2 x Fountain

History of Art (House 20)

Ground Floor

In G02

Yes

Dispenser

History of Art (House 20)

Ground Floor

In GO3

Yes

Dispenser

History of Art

(House 21)

Second Floor

Outside rm.205

Yes

Dispenser

Geography

Bedford Way

Lower Ground

Outside LG04

Yes

Dispenser

Geography

Bedford Way

Ground Floor

Outside G03

Yes

Dispenser

Geography

Bedford Way

First Floor

Outside men’s toilets

Yes

Dispenser

Psychology

Bedford Way

Basement

Outside men’s toilets

Yes

Dispenser

Psychology

Bedford Way

Second Floor

Outside rm.207/208 and men’s toilets

Yes

Dispenser

Psychology

Bedford Way

Third Floor

Outside common rm.308 and men’s toilets

Yes

Dispenser

Psychology

Bedford Way

Fourth Floor

Outside rm.449 and men’s toilets

Yes

Dispenser

Institute of Behavioural Neurology

Bedford Way

Fifth Floor

Outside rm.520 and men’s toilets

Yes

Dispenser

The Rubin Building

Ground Floor

In the common room

No – only Political Science Masters Students

To be installed soon

DPU

Basement

In the student lounge

No – only DPU students

Water cooler

DPU

Second Floor

Outside rm.203 and 201

No – only DPU students

Water cooler

Bernard Katz

First Floor

Computer cluster beyond reception

No – only departmental students

Dispenser

ACBE

Basement

Innovation suite rm.1.21

No – only departmental students

Dispenser

ACBE

Basement

Data analysis suite rm.1.10

No – only departmental students

Dispenser

MRC Labs for Cell Biology

Ground Floor

In room next to reception

No – only PhD students or visitors

Water cooler

MRC Labs for Cell Biology

Second Floor

Outside rm.2.21

No – only PhD students or visitors

Water cooler

Civil Engineering Chadwick Building

Ground Floor

Student Centre

Yes

Water cooler

Go Green Week Photos

As promised, here are some photos from last week’s events. Soon I’ll be posting our active travel quiz that some of you got the chance to fill out on Friday. Most people were really surprised to find out the answers to our questions so make sure you’ll come back in a day or two to see them for yourself.

Anyways, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here they come:

It was really something to have a go at sitting in the driver’s seat, and most people couldn’t resist the temptation of getting a photo of themselves sitting behind the wheel of a double-decker bus.  With Claudia cycling around (which she did all day long with a smile on her face!), everyone got the chance to see what it’s like from a driver’s perspective to have cyclists ride their bikes right next to you. I can tell you it’s not easy. There’s a few blind spots, and most of all, there’s just so much going on all at once! This bus was parked, with one person cycling around, so I can only imagine what it’s like on Euston road on a busy Monday morning. I know well enough what it’s like for a cyclist – lost of things to be looking out for, that’s for sure.

I asked the very nice bus driver who was there what he thought was the most dangerous behaviour on the part of cyclists, and he said that for him it’s when cyclists try to squeeze in between the bus and the curb where there’s obviously no space (seen it myself) and when they cut him off (again, seen many times). It’s sometimes more worth it to slow down a little and wait the 30 seconds for the bus to start moving again than risk it just to get ahead of it…

Which leads me to a very obvious conclusion, that as long as we all – drivers, cyclists and pedestrians – stay alert and respectful, a morning commute can be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone… although I’m quite sure that it’s a tad more enjoyable for active commuters than for drivers or passengers!

Debate on Cycle Safety & Flash Ride Around Parliament – This Wednesday (22 Feb)

Just a quick note on something many of you might have already heard about – there will be a debate on cycle safety held  in Parliament this Thursday, the largest one in years.

To make sure their voices are heard, many cyclists are planning to go on a ride around the Palace of Westminster and it might be a good chance for all of us active travelers to join in the campaign for safer cycling in London. A considerable number of bloggers have written interesting posts about it so I’m posting a few links below for you.

http://ibikelondon.blogspot.com/2012/02/why-im-riding-to-parliament-next.html

http://cyclelondoncity.blogspot.com/2012/02/flashride-wednesday-22-february-615.html

http://www.londonersonbikes.org.uk/flashride

The ride starts at the Duke of York steps and participants are invited to gather around The Mall at 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. You can find more details here.

New App for Travelling in London

A new free iPhone app for London commuters was released last Wednesday. It will mostly be of interest to those who use public transport but also gives walking directions and shows Boris bike stations.
Have a look below for the description and the link to Apple’s website where you can download it.

Travel London is a live travel app, covering over 19,000 bus stops, 300 tube stations/line and 420 Barclays Bike docking stations, to provide you with up to date departures and travel information all in one place.

Its features include, for instance: “Find Your Closest Stop”, “See The Bigger Picture” (allows you to see the entire bus route on the mini map), “Find Your Way” (gives you walking directions to the stop of your choice), and more.

I’d be curious to know if anyone has tried it and what they thought of it – please feel free to leave a comment below if you have!

Safety First

Just a quick follow-up to the UCL’s Go Green Week; it went down really well, in spite of the biting cold! Lots of people showed up to take part (I’ll be posting photos soon so make sure to come back to check them out!) but I know many more couldn’t come, so I thought it might be useful to let everyone know where they can get their bikes security-marked by the police. Just have a look at this website to see where and when you can have it done, and have a look at their security tips while you’re at it.

Also, if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you’ll be able to read about “Exchanging Places” events similar to what we did in the Front Quad on Friday – they’re organized to raise awareness of cycle safety and allow you to sit in the driver’s seat of a bus or HGV to appreciate what they can and cannot see when they drive.