This May, JoyRiders Oxford celebrated its first year running free, women-only group cycle rides led by trained female volunteers. In that year, we ran 33 rides in and around Oxford with 50 individual participants.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, Cyclox started refurbishing donated bikes to hand out to key workers. This year we were asked by Asylum Welcome if we could do something similar for refugees. The answer was of course: yes!
Sanctuary Wheels will provide free, refurbished bikes, and tuition for hundreds of refugees across Oxfordshire. This includes the many refugees fleeing war in Ukraine and arriving into our county. We will provide bikes, lights, locks, helmets and translated tuition so that refugees can benefit from being able to get around independently, access essential services, and get… Read more
In 2011 I moved to Oxford to start a new job at the John Radcliffe Hospital (JR) as a consultant surgeon. As a surgeon, I work odd hours, sometimes finishing operations after midnight. I also have to be on call. I very quickly got into the habit of driving the 2.3 miles to work at the hospital on a daily basis.