Like most UK cities, cycling in Oxford does come with some challenges – cars, rain and bike theft being the most common – but we feel that sometimes it’s easy for local cyclists to take all the pleasures for granted, leaving cycling newbies with the idea that to join the pedal power revolution they will need nerves of iron, a Goretex onesie and locks that cost more than their bike. Here are five things we love about cycling in
Everyone is welcome
In many parts of the
If you’re new to the saddle and feel you’d like extra help, take a look at Witney’s Windrush Bike Project – bikeability experts who do one-to-one lessons with people of any age in Oxfordshire.
Whilst there are still some places in the city where the so-called ‘cycling route’ is a 2ft drain-channel-come-car-park,
If you’re new to
Lots of local resources
In other places the DI team have lived and cycled in, bike shops have been pretty limited – in number and in range of products. In
Daily Info’s Bike and Cycling Guide has lots of information on bike-related resources, including a list of shops.
Strength in numbers
The combination of a relatively flat landscape, large student population and congested city centre roads means
On the subject of staying dry on the bike – you can buy effective and affordable cyclists' rain ponchos from Decathlon (Botley, near the Seacourt Park & Ride).
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