Visualisation of Iffley Road with segregated cycle lanes designed by Andy Coram

Are Oxford’s roads dangerous?

By Roger Symonds

According to figures from the national road traffic accident database (reported recently in the Times), over the past 3 years the “top ten” roads in the country, outside of London, for crashes involving people riding bikes, included several in Oxford and Cambridge. Both these cities have the highest rate of cycling in the country, with 25% and 40% respectively of commuter trips by bike, so at first glance being top of the league table of crashes would seem to be contradictory.

Bike lights

By Alison Hill If ‘ere you ride without a light, Keep at your fingertips at night The name of someone else afar To tell the bobby who you are.  Now the evenings have drawn in and are dark, wet and gloomy I am reminded of this bit of doggerel that my grandfather loved to repeat. 

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The 15-minute City

By Jonny Ives

How far can you walk in fifteen minutes? How far from home could you be if you hopped on a bike and pedalled for a quarter of an hour? If you drew these two 15-minute circles on a map with your home at the centre how much of your day-to-day needs would be within reach?

Pavement parking – why do we tolerate it?

By Alison Hill

If you have been out for a cycle or a walk today in the city, I can bet that you will have passed a vehicle parked on a pavement. As it is such a commonplace occurrence you may not even have noticed, but look again on your next walk and think about what that pavement parking means for someone pushing a buggy, someone on a mobility scooters, someone who is visually impaired, a parent with a small kid on a bike or even two people walking side by side. Ask yourself how do people get past a vehicle obstructing the pavement?

Maps are fun!

By Andy Chivers

Maps are fun, maps are educational, maps tell the truth, maps are beautiful. You can probably tell that I am a map enthusiast… Maps have changed out of all recognition now that our phones can tell us where we are, and how to get to anywhere else.

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.