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Ross to Oxford by RobinT

Welcome to Oxford

Morris and the Mini might have made Oxford the ‘Motor Town’ of the Home Counties, but the famous university means Oxford has a fine cycling tradition too.

You won’t find much London-style cycle chic here – fixies and clean coloured wheels are rare – but simply lots of people, young and old, getting about their daily business on a motley assortment of bikes. Drivers, especially those piloting the city’s endless succession of buses down the narrow streets, know to look out for cyclists and accidents are fairly rare.

Resurfaced Oxford canal towpath opens

Tuesday 24 March

The muddy, bumpy Oxford Canal towpath is now easier to cycle within the city after a much-heralded towpath improvement was completed. The towpath has been surfaced between Aristotle Lane and…

Oxford footbridge to become bike-friendly

Friday 6 March

A better bike route will be opened up in South Oxford when Network Rail replaces a footbridge across the railway. The bridge to South Hinksey is currently a steep structure where bikes…

Oxford revamp angers cyclists

Wednesday 4 February

A new layout for a busy Oxford junction has caused an upsurge in accidents – to an outcry from local cyclists. The busy junction between Worcester Street, Hythe Bridge Street,…

Oxford junction plans fail to win over cyclists

Friday 29 August

The final design for a busy Oxford junction has received a thumbs-down from local cyclists. Frideswide Square, outside the railway station, is being rebuilt by Oxfordshire County Council. Early designs were criticised by

Oxford cycle hire scheme back from the dead

Wednesday 18 June

Oxford’s bike hire scheme has been relaunched after the original operator went bust. OxonBike will now be run by HourBike, a company responsible for an increasing number of municipal cycle…

Path upgrade makes commuter route

Friday 16 May

A brand new commuter cycling route is to be created in Oxfordshire by upgrading and resurfacing a field path. The muddy Winnaway, from Harwell village to the Harwell Science Campus,…

Oxford junction change could become permanent

Tuesday 13 May

The Worcester Street/George Street junction in Oxford has long been open to bikes only, with other traffic unable to cross from one road to the next. Roadworks in George Street currently…

Botley Road danger spot to be improved

Monday 12 May

Plans to rebuild Oxford station look to be great news for cyclists. The notorious Botley Road railway bridge is to be replaced in 2017, and there’ll be full room underneath…

Another Oxford junction savaged

Tuesday 29 April

Another set of proposals for roundabouts in Oxford has got the thumbs-down from local cyclists, not long after plans for the Plain were roundly criticised. This time, it’s Frideswide Square,…

David Cameron opens Cotswold Line Cycle Route

New Monday 28 April

Prime Minister David Cameron braved downpours on Friday to open the latest addition to the National Cycle Network, the Cotswold Line Cycle Route. The 77-mile route runs from Oxford…