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Cycling in Oxford

Oxford has the second highest level of cycling in the UK after Cambridge, with 21,000 cyclists riding in to or out of Oxford city centre each day.

The main group campaigning for cycling in the area is Cyclox.

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Cyclenation conference 2017, held in Oxford

Oxford seems to have more stylish bike-sharing rides than Cambridge.

Wide but bumpy cycleway connection to a very slow set of staggered crossings of the ring road

Basic but workable cycle bypass of a traffic-calming chicane

Phase one of Access to Headington complete. Narrow on road lane replaced with shared footway. https://t.co/6BqtOy7yfp

In front of Oxford's Visitor Information Centre you'll find a pickup hub for Donkey bikes. These are rental bikes you can book on www.donkey.bike, Donkey Republic's self-service, 24/7 bike rental.

In front of Oxford's Museum of Natural History you'll find a pickup hub for Donkey bikes. These are rental bikes you can book on www.donkey.bike, Donkey Republic's self-service, 24/7 bike rental.

At 17a St Giles you'll find a pickup hub for Donkey bikes. These are rental bikes you can book on www.donkey.bike, Donkey Republic's self-service, 24/7 bike rental.

In front of Eastgate Hotel by High Street, you can find a pickup hub for Donkey bikes. These are rental bikes you can book on www.donkey.bike, Donkey Republic's self-service, 24/7 bike rental.

White-on-Red enforcement sign for the traffic order in #80694 which prohibits cycling westwards past the Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment. Also shows the advisory blue sign that was put up before the traffic order was made.

White-on-Red enforcement sign for the traffic order in #80694 which prohibits cycling westwards past the Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment.

Temporary Prohibition of Cycling Cycling is prohibited westwards past the Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment. This closure is until 15th May 2016, but "will be extended by a Temporary Traffic Order", presumably until the works are co ... [more]

Some sort of sorcery going on here, this just can't be done. https://t.co/E4rP6NW2r1 http://t.co/3WQ7RoNgJJ

No Cycles sign, next to the hotel's own advertising bike...

Awful photo, but it shows that advanced green lights for cycles have spread from Cambridge to Oxford.

I suppose the students will have left Oxford but it's still pretty poor that a Christmas market can cause cycle parking to be removed.

Cycle parking at an Oxford Park & Ride

Not enough cycle parking at this Oxford Park & Ride

Marston cyclepath heading East from bridge over Cherwell, showing hazardous "cyclists dismount" advisory sign.

Oxford Marston cyclepath entry from Marston, sowing cycle barriers that force a dangerously slow and oblique approach to the cattle grid. No sign advising pedestrians to use the gated path.

Marston path Cyclepath cattle grid closeup, showing good pedestrian route to left. Do you think "cyclists dismount" is the correct advisory sign here?

Oxford's Marston meadows' cycle path. The cattle grid is accompanied by a pedestrian gate, but for some reason, instead of a sign advising pedestrians to use the path, rather than the cattle grid, there's one suggesting the opposite! If the ... [more]

This "Cycle Land Closed; cyclists merging from the Left" temporary road sign is much better than the often used "Cyclists Dismount", although the text could do with being bigger.

University Parks, No Cycles whether ridden or not

University Parks: No cycles - Whether ridden or not

Rising bollards on Turl St, Oxford

River Thames path NCN5 turns left

Cycle path next to Southern By-Pass Road at Abingdon Road

Cycle parking outside 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford Location: Oxford (England, United Kingdom) Oxford Playhouse began here, 1923-1938, in the former Big Game Museum built in 1906 (This building is sometimes referred to as the Red Barn)

Reg Taylor Cycles Location: Oxford (England, United Kingdom) Bike shop at 285 Iffley Road, Donnington, Oxford Oxford Open Guide: http://oxford.openguides.org/wiki/?Reg_Taylor_Cycles

First Great Western asks cyclists to be on the platform ten minutes before departure time - which makes some sense in the case of High Speed Trains originating here, but none for the vast majority of services - trains from elsewhere calling ... [more]

Route to Oxford station narrowed by building work

Route to Oxford station narrowed by building work

Route to Oxford station narrowed by building work

Signed path to Oxford station to the left; shorter (but slightly awkward) route straight ahead

Link to Oxford Canal path from new housing development

'Low Headroom' sign where the Oxford canal path passes under the railway

No cycling on the bridge to the Thames Path

Link to the Oxford Canal path from new housing development

Diversion on the Oxford Canal path

Very low headroom under the railway on the Oxford Canal path

The Oxford Canal path - to the city centre or the station

This way to Banbury - the Oxford Canal path

The Oxford Canal path

The Oxford Canal path

The Oxford Canal path

The Oxford Canal path

The Oxford Canal path

South end of the Oxford Canal path

Cycle crossing at road closure, Oxford

'Give Way' lines on the cycle lane for cars going in and out of Magdalen College; no cycling on the footway.

Cycle lane well away from car and cycle parking - for a while at least.

Cycle lane well clear of car and cycle parking.

Wheelbenders at Oxford's Department of Zoology adapted to something more useful - and cyclists voting with their bikes.

Two types of wheelbender parking at the Department of Zoology, Oxford

Toucan crossing cleverly placed on the bend of the road to give visibility on both sides.

Feeder lane for crossing to Oxford science area

Cycle parking for New College sports ground, Oxford

Lots of parking at new graduate accommodation for New College, Oxford

Nicely angled parking at the Law faculty, Oxford

Oxford - never enough cycle parking

Surprisingly poor cycle lanes on this busy Oxford road

Road closure (could have left more space for bikes) and cycle parking in Oxford

National Cycle Network route signs outside the New Bodleian library, Oxford

Cunningly located parking for Bodleian Library staff

National Cycle Network route 57 passing under the Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

There's space for a lot more cycle parking on Brasenose Lane

Road closure at the High Street, Oxford - it might be good for cyclists to have a toucan crossing here as well as the busy nearby pedestrian crossing

Road closure at the High Street, Oxford - it might be good for cyclists to have a toucan crossing here as well as the busy nearby pedestrian crossing.

Road closure in Oxford

Rising bollards and barrier (rear) in Oxford

Road closure in Oxford

Cut-through to Pembroke Street, Oxford

National Cycle Network route 5 passing through Oxford's shopping centre

National Cycle Network route 5 a bit lost in the bus station redevelopment in Oxford

Cycle route, and cars queueing for car park.

The ramped access to cycle parking at the Ashmolean Museum is not obvious.

Far more bike parking at New College, Oxford, than in my day!

Not enough bike parking at the Botley Road Park & Ride, Oxford (see bikes locked to railings in the distance)

Not enough bike parking at the Botley Road Park & Ride, Oxford

Disabled Cycles

Oxford Cycle Network signage.

High contrast local cycle route numbering, and faded NCN numbering (actually more visible in the photo than real life)

That's a "No Motor Vehicles" sign, but even though that sign explicitly includes motorcycles as being banned, they still frequently take this short-cut.

No Motor Vehicles. Note that there's no exceptions for access/taxis/council vehicles or police cars, and yet all these can often be seen passing this sign. Confusingly the loading restriction applies to the High (where you are if you ca ... [more]

No motor vehicles except access, with another sign restricting loading - but I'm not sure what the loading restriction applies to, because at the other end of this section is another sign with different hours.

Vehicles over 5m long banned during the daytime, but the sign has to go the other way around and is confusing.

The "CYCLISTS DISMOUNT" sign was removed after earlier complaints, but has reappeared. Presumably due to rightful complaints about pavement cyclists, but due to the ambiguous positioning partially on the highway, some drivers are assuming i ... [more]

CYCLISTS DISMOUNT sign used at the 2011 Iffley Road (Oxford) roadworks, against the advice in DfT Traffic Advisory Leaflet 15/99: "Where access is permitted for motor vehicles, "Cyclist Dismount" signs should not be used. The hazards to c ... [more]

A conspicuous car conspicuously parked in the mandatory cycle lane on the Woodstock Road outside Somerville College

Priority over sideroads in Oxford

Marston Cyclepath, Oxford's nearest equivalent to Midsummer Common etc. in Cambridge

On-street cycle parking, on-street rather than on the pavement, marked with a 'Cycles' marking

Keble College

Pedalo cycle parking (not great, but technically secure)

Talk given to Cambridge cycle campaigners by an officer at Oxford County Council

Pedalo cycle parking (not great, but technically secure)

Cambridge cyclists visiting Oxford

Talk given to Cambridge cycle campaigners by an officer at Oxford County Council

Cut through for cyclists

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