Study visit to Oxford, 14th &15th August 2010

Cycling in Oxford

This year’s study visit will be to Oxford, to see how cyclists are catered for over there.

The weekend has been arranged by Cyclox, the cycling campaign for Oxford, and we’d like to thank them for their efforts.

Please use the booking form below as soon as possible, if you wish to come. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis if numbers are too high.

Limited accommodation is available for our members who book quickly.

Jump below to: Booking | Accommodation | Bike hire | Itinerary | Travel | Questions? | Photos

Booking

> Please use our booking form if you want to come.

Accommodation will be available for our members who book earliest. We will then inform you as soon as possible that we can allocate you to accommodation or whether you’ll need to arrange it yourself.

Accommodation

Cyclox members are likely to be able to put up about 12-15 of our members, on a first-come, first-served basis for the night before (Friday 13th) and Saturday 14th nights. B&B and other accommodation can be booked via the Visit Oxford website.

The final deadline for accommodation requests, which should be made via the booking form above, will be 7pm on Sunday 8th August.

Bicycle hire

We will probably hire bikes from Bainton Bikes.

Itinerary

Friday 13th August:

We’ll start with a welcome eat-out. This will be mid-evening, on the assumption that most people will have taken the 17.40 from Parkside to Oxford (arriving 20.55). After that, hosts will take people back to accommodation.

Cycling in Oxford

Saturday 14th August:

Before the cycling matters start at 11.30am, there will be an optional visit on Saturday morning to the outdoor heated swimming pool at Hinksey in South Oxford (bring bathing suits), 9-10am, which leaves good time to bike to Keble for a croissant and coffee before our 11.30 discussion (see next paragraph).

The day will start with a meeting in Keble College at 11.30am for discussions on cycling infrastructure and policies, with, we hope (but not yet confirmed), some Oxfordshire County Council transport officer(s) and perhaps councillor(s), plus others.

We’ll then be treated to tours of ‘The Good, the OK and the Ugly’ infrastructure and a trip round some of Oxford’s quiet routes.

Lunch between the tours will take place at a riverside pub.

At around 5 or 6pm, we’ll return to Keble College, for a chat about membership involvement and maybe how to keep cycling high on the agenda in the era of big financial cutbacks. What opportunities are there for mutual co-operation between cycling campaigns?

For the evening meal, we will be fed at a secret address in north Oxford!

Sunday 15th August:

Sunday will feature a morning ride out of town so that Cambridge-dwellers can discover what a hill is! This day’s riding will be at a leisurely pace, covering 15-20 miles in total.

(For an alternative Sunday ride for the really dedicated, there’s a 70-mile ride being offered by CTC Oxford, starting at 09.00, out to chocolate-box Bibury and back. See www.oxonctc.org.uk/City/ and contact John. To do this, you’ll need to plan for a late evening return to Cambridge.)

We will end by mid-afternoon in time for getting back to Cambridge. Many of us will probably get the 16:05 coach (which gets back to Cambridge at 19:18).

Getting to Oxford and back

Travel to Oxford on the Friday evening:

You can get an outbound coach ticket for £1.50, if you are quick, at Megabus. Choose the following options on their booking page:

  • Leaving from: Cambridge
  • Travelling to: Oxford
  • Travelling by: Bus
  • Outbound date: August, Friday 13th
  • [Click search to be taken to the time selection page]
  • Outbound time: Departs 17:40 Cambridge, Parkside, Arrives 20:55 Oxford, Gloucester Green

If not available, try National Express (see below).

Oxford to Cambridge on the Sunday afternoon/evening:

A one-way National Express coach ticket for this journey is £10.90. Book on the National Express website.

  • From: Oxford
  • To: Cambridge
  • One-way
  • Departing on: 15/08/2010, pm
  • Choose 16:05 (which most of us will probably take), 16:35, 17:35, 18:35 or 19:35 (which arrive in Cambridge about 3 hours later)

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Photos of cycling in Oxford

For a taste of cycling in Oxford, have a look at the Oxford CycleStreets gallery and the CycleStreets journey planner.

We hope that people will add any photos they take on the trip to this gallery!

Cycling in Oxford