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Cycling in Oxford better than in Bath

For me when I was a lad at school riding a “racing bike” with dropped handlebars was the ultimate thrill and with three speed gearing I could tackle steep hills. Now I can still just about ride hills, but with … Continue reading

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The future for cycling after the Pandemic

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.    Since March 2020 when the first lockdown started … Continue reading

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Are Oxford’s Roads Dangerous?

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 … Continue reading

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A Great Opportunity to Increase Cycling in Oxford

So now we know! Oxfordshire County Council have been successful in bidding for Government funds to enable people to safely socially distance in our towns and cities as lock down is relaxed. We now also know where the money will … Continue reading

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Which bike?

We have speculated in past columns about what happens to people who have started riding bikes during the present pandemic, but surveys find that a majority do not wish to go back to how the world was before the Virus. … Continue reading

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What happens to cycling after Covid 19?

At the time of writing, we have been in lockdown for three weeks. People have permission to exercise once a day. A maximum of two people – if they are in the same household – can ride together, but group … Continue reading

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Cyclists or people on bikes?

I am not a cyclist. As Mikael Coalville-Anderson, author of Copenhagenize said:  “I am just a modern city dweller, who happens to use a bicycle to get around because it is safe and efficient”. I suspect that different countries and … Continue reading

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Should wearing cycle helmets be compulsory?

I have noticed that many people cycling in Oxford do not wear helmets. Is this because people feel safe on Oxford roads? Or is the demographic predominantly young and less worried about crashes? Whether or not to wear helmets has … Continue reading

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Bike Tourism – An opportunity missed in Oxford

My partner and I are recent Oxford residents and we love the city. We moved from Bath at the beginning of August 2019. One of the main reasons for the move was that Oxford is flat. Also we were impressed … Continue reading

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Riding a bike in Oxford

 My partner and I moved to Iffley in Oxford nearly three months ago. We had lived in Combe Down in Bath for the past 25 years. We had a number of reasons for moving to Oxford, not least among them … Continue reading

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