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Brookes Active wants to help the entire Oxford Brookes community find their way onto campus using active travel options, whether that be walking, cycling, scooting, or any other active method of travel - whilst helping you bypass public transport, leave your car at home, and get a little bit fitter in the process.
Active Routes are entirely user generated and submitted by people who have travelled them, rather than simply looked up the most direct route on a map, so come with the recommendations of colleagues and peers.
Of course, we are always looking to expand our catalogue of Active Routes and greatly appreciate any input from the Oxford Brookes community. If you use active travel to get onto campus, please submit your routes using the Active Routes Google Form.
If you have any questions about Active Routes, please email Brookes Sport Marketing & Engagement Manager, Mark Mackintosh.
Walking gives you an opportunity to take in your surroundings like no other method of transport, so why not start taking photos along the way. Maybe start a photo competition within your office or with a group of friends?
Plan your route in advance - Google Maps is great to give you an approximate time of arrival, but will generally send you along main routes - feel free to play about on their platform to adjust the route to your preferences.
Sensible shoes - You can always leave smart shoes at the office and throw on a pair of comfortable trainers or boots for the walk to avoid any blisters, particularly if you haven’t walked that far for a while.
Carrying your things - for anything more than ten minutes, a backpack is far more comfortable than a briefcase!
Safety is a relative term when it comes to cycling on the road, and all of the precautions and safety equipment cannot mitigate the behaviour of some other road users, but we do have tips to help make your commute a more enjoyable experience.
You don’t have to do it all at once - If you haven’t cycled for a long time, consider starting once a week and then increasing the frequency as you get more comfortable. Or use a park and ride, but using your bike instead of the bus.
Smile or wave a hand to other cyclists - this is already commonplace with those who ride for exercise or sport, but is also a great way to show other cyclists who may not be as experienced on the road that they are welcome.
Try not to ride in the gutter - regular cyclists will already know about the wide and diverse variety of potholes available across Oxfordshire, but if you find yourself needing to avoid a particularly large chasm, riding out from the kerb or verge gives you options to avoid it. Riding more centrally in your lane can also help to discourage impatient drivers from overtaking too closely.
Explore - While some routes are listed on this webpage, there are plenty more options which you might find more enjoyable. They might have more/fewer hills, there might be a better view of the countryside, or they might offer better protection from the wind.
Wear suitable clothing - wear whatever you feel most comfortable to cycle in, whether that’s a full lycra aero suit, or a summer dress. Of course, for longer rides, a pair of padded shorts can make a world of difference - and remember to take a peek at the weather forecast in case you might want to bring something a little warmer with you!
Pack tools/spares - Not quite so essential when on shorter rides, but for longer journeys, make sure to pack a few things in case you need to stop to make a quick repair. For more complex mechanical tasks, almost anything can be fixed with a mobile phone (with location services turned on!)
You can find more tips on the Cycling UK website
Whether you are heading to the bus stop, or from the car park to your office, everyone is a pedestrian until they get into a vehicle, so why not extend that time spent moving where possible to make your trip more active?
Please note, some walking routes unfortunately may not be wheelchair or disability accessible depending on the public infrastructure - please take a look at the route descriptions below for further details.
Most car journeys cover less than 5 miles, and with Oxfordshire being a relatively flat county (perhaps with the exception of our Headington and Harcourt Hill campuses!), there is huge opportunity for cycling to take the place of many of these journeys. Particularly if your route takes you through the middle of the city, cycling can be a quicker way to get from A to B, and many new infrastructure projects in the county are focused on getting people onto two wheels.
Kidlington to Headington route description