Category: News

Celebrate Bike Week with a family ride!

By Robin Tucker

Bike Week 2023, from 5 to 11 June, is the 100th annual celebration of all things cycling. There are few places better to cycle than Oxfordshire, and cycling groups will be putting on special rides and events across the county.

Oxford Online Cycle Map

A brand new cycle map of Oxford has been launched, showing low-traffic routes in the city. It shows routes that are car-free, protected, and walking-only, as well as road crossings.

Parking your bike at Oxford station

By Andy Chivers

Cycle parking at Oxford station is in a woeful state. The knee-deep piles of leaves from last autumn made the station bike parking area look desperately neglected. Forgotten bikes dangle at crazy angles from their rusty locks. The covered area is hard enough to get in and out of even if you find a space, but the open area is like an assault course that you leave with scratched shins and elbows.

Pothole hazards

By Alison Hill

On 30 April the Oxford Mail reported that there had been 135 personal injury claims submitted to Oxfordshire County Council over the last year. One of the leading causes was potholes.

Cyclox is 20 years old

By Andy Chivers

In September 2003 a small group of cycle campaigners held the first meeting of Cyclox. The group had its origins in Oxford Friends of the Earth. The first campaign was for the 20mph speed limit on residential roads.

Older riders: what they need

By Emily Kerr

In last week’s On My Bike, I shared stories of older Oxford cyclists. This week I’m focusing on two older people who have great ideas about improving access for bikes and mobility scooters.

Older riders: why they love cycling

By Emily Kerr

In the UK, just 1% of journeys by adults age 65+ are by bicycle. But in Holland, it’s a quarter. Many older people love cycling: for health, convenience and enjoyment – and we know that in Oxford, around a quarter of Cyclox members are over 65.

Celebrating three award-winning women in cycling

By Alison Hill and Kathryn McNicoll

Three Oxfordshire women were nominated for Cycling UK’s 100 Women in Cycling 2022 and here we celebrate their achievements. 

Faringdon’s Farcycles get local people cycling

By Mark Harrison

How can local communities encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to choose bicycles for everyday travel? Faringdon in Oxfordshire has a shining example of this in the Farcycles Bike Park and Shop. One person led the change from a bike ‘club’ to a community facility with a wide appeal: Lyn Williamson.

Bikes and the Botley Road closure

By Lois Muddiman

After months of anticipation, the first 6-month closure of the Botley Road at Oxford railway station will begin on Tuesday 11 April. This is when work starts to divert 11 different utility services under the bridge. Replacement of the bridge will take place during a 6-month closure in 2024.