Snowy road in Helsinki with cyclists

End road deaths: learning from Helsinki

By Jamie Clarke

More than 100 people from across Oxfordshire gathered on the evening of Tuesday 25 January to kick start a campaign to put an end to cyclist deaths on our roads. This follows the tragic deaths of four young women cycling in Oxford over the past 2 years. Cyclox organised the event to initiate an ambitious plan to eliminate road deaths.

Cycle path with covering of icy snow

Riding on icy roads

By Andy Chivers

Regular bike riders need to cope with all sorts of weather conditions, and this December we have had a prolonged spell of cold weather with even a smattering of snow. Many people will be put off cycling in these cold and icy conditions, but with a bit of preparation and care it is fine to keep riding. The reward is getting to your destination on time and enjoying some exercise in the process which helps keep your body warm if not your hands and feet.

Local traffic neighbourhood with planter and bollard closing off residential street to cars

Show your support for the Central Oxfordshire Travel Plan

By Alison Hill

On 29 November the Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet is meeting to make decisions on two radical traffic proposals: the Central Oxfordshire Travel Plan and, as a core component of that plan, the traffic filters that aim to reduce the number of car journeys across the city. These plans have caused a lot of contention and the council chamber will no doubt be full to bursting with people wanting to put their views across. The plan, if implemented, will result in a huge shakeup in the way all of us will travel into, within and around Oxford.

20 mph sign painted n road

Save lives in Oxford with 20 mph

By Alison Hill

20 mph saves lives. The likelihood of severe or fatal injury to a pedestrian struck by a driver is 17% at 20 mph, 30% at 25 mph and 47% at 30 mph. There are 7–10 times fewer fatalities if a collision occurs at 20 mph compared to 30 mph. Inevitably, people make errors of judgement on roads, but those errors are less serious at slower speeds.

Pedal and post bike next to delivery van

Oxford’s 70-year battle with traffic jams

By Robin Tucker

Just before the Covid pandemic, cycles brought 20% of peak-hour travellers into Oxford city centre. This was the same number as cars, but taking less road space. Buses were the only transport mode moving more people than these two. As traffic returns to its pre-Covid levels, it’s worth an exploration of how Oxford’s transport history differs from that of other cities.