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Oxford’s secret cycle paths revealed

Cycle campaign group harness the power of Google Street View to make two traffic-free routes into the city centre easier to discover.

Movement as medicine: cycling can help close the fitness gap at any age

By Becci Curtis and Sir Muir Gray

Last September, Cyclox and Oxford Brookes University hosted a conference on co-creating a cycling environment for people of all ages. In his opening presentation, Sir Muir Gray, the public health specialist, said ‘the elixir of life has already been discovered and cycling is part of it’. He claims that cycling can lower your risk of dementia and frailty, and decrease the need for social care. Great news! But how? Sir Gray went on to explain…

Bike tourism: a missed opportunity for Oxford

By Roger Symonds

My partner and I are recent Oxford residents and we love the city. We moved from Bath at the beginning of August 2019. One of the main reasons for the move was that Oxford is flat. We were also impressed by the number of people riding bikes and the bike infrastructure.

Your cycling rights and responsibilities

As we all navigate Oxford’s very congested streets during rush hour and experience these frustrations, we feel there is an opportunity for everyone to be more considerate of each other. This initiative is designed to remind cyclists of their right to be on the road, as well as their responsibilities.

I ride my bike to the bus stop

By Andy Chivers

One of Cyclox’s members wrote to suggest that bus stops would benefit from a couple of bike stands nearby. There are a few examples of this dotted around Oxford, and it is an enlightened decision by someone in the city or county council to make it easier for people to cycle to the bus stop, hop on the bus and leave their bike securely locked until their return.

When does a free for all become chaos?

By Andy Chivers

I had the pleasure of cycling along Marston Ferry Rd during rush hour recently, against the fantastic flow of children making their way to school. Whoever commissioned the central white line which was added a year or two ago was no doubt thinking of just this time.

Oxford Cycle Map

Created by Oxford resident and Director of Transport Paradise, Richard Mann, the Oxford Cycle Map is extremely useful for getting around. The map details main cycle routes, areas where you are required to dismount, road surfaces, as well as marking out routes that are generally busy and quiet. Cycle barriers, local bike shops and and…
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The Red Zone Zero Emission Zone

By Andy Chivers

There’s a consultation out on the Red Zone Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre. This is the start of a substantial programme to tackle city centre air pollution over the next few years, which with the Connecting Oxford plan will make a dramatic improvement to Oxford’s air quality.

We want traffic bulletins for cyclists

By Richard MacKenzie

In an attempt to work towards normalising cycling here in Oxford, last month I launched a petition to back a simple idea. I wanted to ask one of our local radio stations, BBC Radio Oxford, to include average cycling times across the city and county when they were doing their traffic briefings throughout the day.

Changing travel habits

By Andy Chivers

I met up with a friend who lives in south Devon. He drives 8 miles each way to work and is leaving earlier and earlier because of traffic congestion and difficulty finding a parking place. To a pedal head like me the answer seemed obvious, but when we talked about e-bikes he said, ‘Isn’t that cheating?’