Category: Covid-19

The future for cycling after the Pandemic

By Roger Symonds

As we gradually emerge from this latest lockdown, we are seeing Oxford’s roads getting much busier. But they are busy not only with motor traffic, but also with people on bikes.

Me and my bike: Iona

By Kathryn McNicoll

I met Iona on a bright May morning in a park in Barton. Iona is the Community Health Development Officer for Oxford City Council in Barton, a part of Oxford in which she lives and works and one she obviously feels passionate about.

Celebrating the key worker bike project

By Kathryn McNicoll and Josh Lenthall

One year on from the start of the Bikes for Key Workers project we have handed out our last bike to a key worker, making the total in Oxford 345 bikes. With the Windrush Bike Project in Witney refurbishing at least 100 bikes, and the Bicester project over 60, that means 500 bikes county wide.

Making the most of lockdown with friendly bike rides

By Jane Carlton SmithIsis Cyclists was founded in Oxford over 12 years ago, giving women an opportunity to get out on their bikes without feeling that they have to dress in sporty clothes, or ride like the wind.

£3 million to get more people cycling and walking in Oxfordshire

By Alison Hill and Robin Tucker

Earlier this year the cycling community in Oxfordshire were dismayed when Oxfordshire County Council lost half of a government grant that aimed to help keep people cycling and walking as lockdown eased.

Back in the saddle

By Leandra Cardoso

The Bikes for Key Workers project launched at the end of April 2020 and has succeeded in giving bikes to over 200 local NHS and social care key workers. Leandra Cardoso tells us about her experience of receiving a bike through the project and how it has changed her journey to work.

200th bike for keyworkers is handed out

By Kathryn McNicoll

As we approach the 200th bike to be handed out to keyworkers across Oxford it is perhaps a good time to reflect on the extraordinary success of this project.

Active travel campaigners fear Oxford will miss out on £2.4m COVID-19 emergency fund

Oxfordshire County Council’s failure to consult local stakeholder groups has put ‘free money’ to make cycling and walking safer in jeopardy.

Going solo while we wait to see what happens

By Craig Willis

Back in January, I joined a cycling club. I’ve never been a member of a cycling club before so I was very excited by the prospect of meeting new people, having interesting conversations about the two-wheeled life, and perhaps the m…

Oxfordshire County Council needs to be bold and ambitious

By Alison Hill

In order to get more people cycling and walking once lockdown eases, the Government created an Emergency Active Travel fund that councils with responsibilities for highways could bid for. The invitation to bid set out a very clear requirement that any …