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…

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.

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?’

Cyclox’s Christmas list

By Alison Hill

If you are a reader of this blog, presumably bike stuff was on your Christmas list. Like the Christmas turkeys your bike needs some extra trimmings, and you will have made your request to Santa for those essential accessories that every bike needs.

Like riding a bike

By Andy Chivers

Like all skills there is a pleasure and pride in its expert execution. Urban bike riding is a skill which combines several elements, but the balancing, propelling and stopping the bike is fundamental.