This article was published in 2010, in Newsletter 91.
This year’s study visit will be to Oxford, to see how cyclists are catered for in the ‘Other Place’. 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 on our website as soon as possible, if you wish to come (or phone us if you do not have internet access). Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis if numbers are too high.
Accommodation will be available for our members who book earliest. We will then inform you as soon as possible if we can allocate you to accommodation or whether you’ll need to arrange it yourself. The final deadline for accommodation requests, which should be made via the booking form above, will be 7pm on Sunday 8 August.
We will hire bikes in Oxford, though you are welcome to bring a folding bike if the coach company allows it; do check when making your booking.
We encourage people to come on the Friday evening, so we can meet our hosts with a welcome eat-out then.
Saturday 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 6 pm, 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 bigtime cutbacks. What opportunities are there for co-operation in cycling campaigns? For the evening meal, we will be fed at a secret address in north Oxford!
The 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 9 am, out to chocolate-box Bibury and back. To do this, you’ll need to catch a late evening return to Cambridge.) We will end by mid-afternoon in time for a return coach. Most of us will probably get the 16:05 coach (which gets back to Cambridge at 19:18).
Getting to Oxford and back
Most of us will be making a return journey by coach. We advise you to book as soon as possible! Details are on our website page about the visit, or contact us.