Thanks to all the organisers, ride leaders and sweepers and riders who took part in Oxford Bike Week – we hope that you all enjoyed the events and rides! Be sure to check out our photos page for wonderful photographs from the rides!
If you are interested in getting out and about on your bike a bit more, you might be interested in Isis Cyclists (a women-only cycling group of CTC Oxford City. Both organise rides of varying lengths over weekends.
If you are also interested in promoting cycling in Oxford, or helping maintain the National Cycle Network routes in Oxford (5, 51 & 57) please consider joining or volunteering with Sustrans or Oxford’s local cycle advocacy group Cyclox.
PRESS INFO for Bike Week 2014: EVERYDAY CYCLING FOR EVERYONE
Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. This year’s Bike Week will be staged 14-22nd June 2014, although Bike Week events are organised outside of these dates, too. Bike Week was started in 1923 by the Cyclists’ Touring Club (now known as CTC).
Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to the local shops, school, the library or just to visit friends.
As the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK, Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. There are more than 500 events planned for 2014. These can be found at www.bikeweek.org.uk/events
NOTE: Bike Week 2014 is funded by Cycling Scotland, Travelwise Northern Ireland, the Welsh Assembly government, and Bike Hub.
OXFORD BIKE WEEK
Oxford Bike Week encourages people from all walks of life to get on their bike and start cycling. A week of free, bike related events from 14-22 June, events range from Thames Valley Police event on bike security and registering your bike in Broad Street on Wednesday and Thursday to an overnight dash to Dorset. Of particular note is an event on Friday 20 June which is a ‘Wheels for All’ taster session, where people of every ability and disability can have fun trying out trikes, bikes, handcycles and a wheelchair transporter. There’s a bike for everyone!
The first two ride events are on Saturday and both start from the Tourist Information Centre on Broad Street. At 9.30 am the ride leaves for the Roman Ruins at North Leigh. 25-30 miles including a cake stop, this ride takes in roman mosaics normally under lock and key. At 11am the Bainton Bikes Oxford ride is a family friendly ride around Oxford taking in all the sites.
The organisers of Bike Week Oxford are a coalition of volunteers from cycling organisations including Sustrans, Cyclox, the Broken Spoke Bike Co-operative, CTC (Cycling Touring Club), Isis Cyclists and Bainton Bikes.