15 06 Cyclox Circular

PUBLIC MEETINGS AND ACTIVITIES

Headington Festival
Despite early rain we had a very successful stall at Headington Festival last weekend – thank you to all who came to the stall and discussed their own cycling experience. If you missed us there, we will have a stall at the Low Carbon Oxford day in Broad St on June 13th – come and say hello. Members can claim their free ankle slapband. www.lcoweek.org

Relive those memories
Jonny Ives has written an entertaining and thought-provoking commentary on two of Cyclox’ public meetings. Danny Dorling at the AGM: http://www.theleisurereview.co.uk/articles15/dorling.html  and Carlton Reid: http://www.theleisurereview.co.uk/articles15/roadswerenotbuiltforcars.html

Bike Week
BikeWeek 2015 is from 13th to 21st June. See http://www.oxfordbikeweek.co.uk/events/ for our local rides. Cyclox is leading three very different rides: Quarry – Roubaix led by Jonny Ives seeks out as much cobblestone as possible through the city. Can you circumnavigate the city avoiding all traffic light junctions? Alison Hill thinks she has found the route that does just this. Andy Chivers (hopefully with local author Malcolm Pryce) is repeating the Tolkien and Carroll route to JRR’s grave in Wolvercote cemetary and the Treacle Well in Binsey, with  an optional drink with the Inklings in the Eagle and Child.

Sustrans – Happy 20th Birthday
Sustrans has been the inspiration for so many cycling activists – and all cyclists are invited to join in their birthday celebrations.
http://www.sustrans.org.uk/events/national-cycle-network-20th-anniversary-led-ride-and-party-oxford
And if you want to be in a photoshoot for the Oxford Mail, turn up with suitable cycle T shirt and bike at 5.30 in Broad Street on Tues 9th June.


INFORMATION AND NEWS

Downfall
The county council has reassuring views on how it sees cycle route provision: https://www.transportxtra.com/magazines/local_transport_today/news/?ID=44172 but it doesn’t translate into consistent improvements, so perhaps this is what it is like in council meetings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts_5G70BDvA

Alternative to fillthathole.org
Probably need to get your camera out pretty quickly but it does get the message over that the potholes can be around for far too long:
https://www.facebook.com/lifeofdad/photos/a.434607921426.227352.299622516426/10153260907991427/?type=1&theater

Another view of Cycletopia
Dr Steve Melia, from the University of the West of England at Bristol, will be coming to Oxford on Thursday 25th June to give a seminar and launch his new book: ‘Urban Transport without the Hot Air’, which is due to be published in June. Please see the abstract below to learn more about the book and Steve himself. The seminar will take place at 6pm in the J Gottman Room at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford – maps and address details here: http://www.geog.ox.ac.uk/contact.html

Cycling in New Zealand
We are lucky in Oxford to get so many visitors from other parts of the world who can show us how cycling is supported in their community. Here is how Christchurch in South Island looks:  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/transport-institute/pdfs/glen-koorey.pdf


CAMPAIGNING

Cyclists – feeling hard done by again?
Perhaps the most depressing local news is that the city council proposes introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order aimed at fining people who busk without licences, but which will include £100 fines for cyclists who ride through pedestrian areas. We feel this is completely unnecessary and disproportionate (we think a car driver would be fined £40) and have engaged in a dialogue with councillors. https://www.change.org/p/oxford-city-council-stop-attacking-our-freedoms-support-a-vibrant-street-culture-in-oxford

Fowler’s Modern English Usage needed?
In Parliament on June 3rd 2015, Louise Haigh, the new Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley, asked the Transport Minister when he plans to announce the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. The Minister, Robert Goodwill, wrote this reply: “The Government intends to announce a Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy as soon as is practicable once steps in the relevant legislation and any other activities deemed necessary have been undertaken.” VOTE on whether you think this answers the question: www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2015-05-27.182.h&s=%28cycling%29+speaker%3A11804#g182.r0

Virgin bikes
Richard Branson on Electric Bikes: “What’s more, as they spread, these bicycles could be used more in urban settings, cutting commute times and hopefully encouraging more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes. I really believe that whole streets through cities should be closed to all vehicles except bikes.” www.virgin.com/richard-branson/get-on-your-bike

Cynical, moi? (© Graham P Smith)
Cyclox struggled to understand where the county council got its idea for the latest Cycle Ambition fund bid – £4m to smarten up the river towpath from the boathouses to Osney Mead. Then last week the announcement came that Oxford University want to redevelop the Osney Mead industrial business park for mixed use. http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/yourtown/oxford/12978438.Industrial_estate_could_enjoy_improved_links_to_Oxford_city_centre/ . Could they be perhaps related? However, the government is clawing back its promised cycling funds so who knows where it will all end: www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest-news/tories-withdraw-23m-of-promised-spending-for-cycling-in-latest-cuts-175352

Frideswide Square
It seems if you want to go to or from Botley a bicycle is the only hope but the conditions are hardly relaxing. Now how about that £4m being spent on the Botley Rd cycle provision?  http://www.oxfordtoday.ox.ac.uk/opinion/vision-we-want-oxford

The Plain
Though cyclists inevitably have varied views on the new layout, no-one feels it will induce 20% more cyclists to ride round it, and other commentators feel there are problems with the new layout, as this news items shows: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/12956029.Redesigned_layby_at_The_Plain____accident_waiting_to_happen___/?ref=mr&lp=6