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The University of Reading is committed to encouraging active travel options within Shinfield and Arborfield, creating an accessible network of cycle routes and footpaths which connect residents to places of interest and local facilities. 

Our Strategic Greenspace Plan (PDF) shows the green spaces in Shinfield and how they connect to create long walks around the area:

Map of planned sports and recreational facilities in Shinfield

As part of a series of consultations in 2023, the University of Reading spoke with local residents about their views of active travel options within the local area. Key feedback included the infrequency of buses, the need to improve existing footpaths, add additional cycle paths and improving safety for cyclists on the main roads.

From this, the University of Reading and Shinfield Parish Council established a Shinfield Footpaths and Cycle Group which meets twice a year. In between meetings, the group can raise concerns and suggestions relating to footpaths and cycle paths, alongside ideas to improve active transport and the experience of those who walk and cycle in Shinfield.

This group is open for anyone to join and if you would like to be involved or find out more, or have some suggestions as to how to improve active travel options in Shinfield, please email