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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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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

Cycle track near Pitt Rivers

Over-the-top anti-pedestrian chicane arrangement [now removed]

Horribly narrow cycle lane coupled with irregular surface

Double-row cycle parking

Bollard-controlled closure, but cut-through for cyclists

Shortage of cycle parking here

Electric hybrid buses in Oxford

Nice accessible crossing without barriers

Nice bridge next to the river

Two-way cycle way on Donnington Bridge Road, enabling from-North to-North movements

Two-way cycle way on Donnington Bridge Road, enabling from-North to-North movements

Two-way cycle way on Donnington Bridge Road, enabling from-North to-North movements

Two-way cycle way on Donnington Bridge Road, enabling from-North to-North movements

Two-way cycle way on Donnington Bridge Road, enabling from-North to-North movements

Two-way cycle way on Donnington Bridge Road, enabling from-North to-North movements

Seemingly rather pointless bit of pavement cycle path - probably best removed for the sake of pedestrians

Narrow cycle lane - mixed views about this within our group

Narrow cycle lane - mixed views about this within our group

Narrow cycle lane - mixed views about this within our group

Narrow cycle lane - mixed views about this within our group

Crossing points on Oxford High Street give priority to walkers rather than cars

Cycle bypass on Oxford High Street

Oxford High Street - well-surfaced and a very uncluttered environment

Magdalene Bridge

Magdalene Bridge

Interesting cycle filter to disuade cars cutting in front of cyclists when turning left

Cycle symbol in the middle of the road, on Cowley Road

Cycling along the Cowley Road - a bit chaotic

On-road cycle lane

No Pavement Cycling sign in a window

Cycle lane using up the remaining width of the second lane, though it is in a dooring zone

If we must have wheelbenders, this is a good use of them - outside St John's College, Oxford

Cycle parking slipped in at a minor road narrowing.

Unnecessary break in the cycle lane at the start of the bus- and bike-only lane to the left.

Buses and bikes only to the left; no entry ahead; cycle lane and cars turning right at the Ashmolean Musuem, Oxford

A decent attempt at providing enough parking at the Taylorian Institute, Oxford

Cycle parking at the newly extended Ashmolean Museum, Oxford - there's ramped access but the steps are more obvious.

Very confusing - no parking lines within a parking bay.

Bainton Bikes Ltd. is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. www.baintonbikes.com

Bainton Bikes is a family run bicycle hire company just setting up in Oxford. They recycle second hand abandoned bikes, by completely stripping them, repainting them and replacing all of the parts. Kevin Moreland states: "Once they are road ... [more]

No cycles or cycling allowed in the park.

No cycles or cycling allowed in the park.

Bicycles strictly forbidden

No Bicycles, either wheeled or ridden

New Road - 20mph

Park End Street cycle lane

Frideswide Square Bus Area

Botley Road Railway Bridge - No cycle lane! - take special care --- Pull out into the traffic. Or scoot along the gutter. Or walk.

Roger Dudman Way - take special care - watch out for lorries turning left across you.

Abbey Road - take care - Watch out for cars turning right across you when traffic is standing.

From Binsey Lane - Cycle Lane is 90cm, which doesn’t seem to cause any major problems.

Bus Lane and Cycle Track - If you use cycle track, take care at bus stops.

Half muddy and for horses, half paved for pedestrians, cyclists and owners of bad, blurry pinhole camera devices.

This bit of the Thames Path is a signed cycle route between Botley Road and the South side of the City Centre.

I feel welcome already. It's otherwise a signed cycle route. Perhaps it would be safer to take the main road?

Funky horizontal/vertical tactile paving. This is the only sign that this bit of pavement is a (probable) cycle route into King George's Playing Fields.

Looking East from the end of the off-road cycle route onto the mini-roundabout on Ferry Hinksey Road and Osney Mead. Bit of the busy industrial park visible beyond the roundabout.

Love wins. Also a footpath and cycleway (and a bridleway, but a nice done-up one).

Public bridleway marker at the end of Delbush Avenue.

Entrance to the (useful, paved, continuous, lit) bridleway across the North end of Sandhills is approached by a short bit of pavement and wiggle-barriered off slightly from the turning circle at the end of Burdell Ave. That's fine, but why ... [more]

A bit more cycle parking for visitors would be welcome at Oxford Brookes University.

Cuckoo Lane footpath, a pleasant alternative to Headington Road.

There's a reasonably wide cycle lane up Headington Hill, except where it's narrowed by temporary signs.

The cycle lane up Headington Hill starts by running straight into a bus stop.

Cyclists heading up Headington Hill can use a cycle lane between two lanes of traffic.

There's now no left turn except for bicycles at the east end of the High in Oxford. [This has now changed, with a advanced green light for cyclists instead]

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