Cycling in Oxfordshire
It’s fast, cheap and good for you, so why not get on your bike?
When it's too far to walk, lots of people in Oxfordshire (and especially Oxford) decide to go by bike. Here's why:
- Apart from the cost of the bike, travel is free
- The exercise helps keep you fit
- It's good for the environment and doesn't pollute
- It's fast and reliable, especially in towns.
However, cycling can be dangerous, especially on crowded or fast roads, so you need to cycle in a way that keeps you as safe as possible. These are some of the things you can do:
- Always wear a cycle helmet to protect against head injuries
- Ride to be seen – this means wearing visible clothing and having reflectors and lights on your bike at the front and back
- Keep your bike in good order especially your brakes (it's illegal to ride with worn-out brakes)
- Be aware of your surroundings, conditions, other road users, potential dangers.
- Know your highway code.
Look after your bike
Always lock your bike to something solid, such as a cycle rack, railings or lamppost (unless there’s a sign saying not to!). If your bike has quick release wheels, lock up both of them. Unfortunately there are lots of bike thefts in Oxford so you need to lock it at all times.
If your bike is stolen
Report the theft to the police, and your insurance company, if the bike is insured or covered by your household insurance.