A celebration of cycling - 28 August to 4 October

23 August 2021

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Cycling enjoyed a renaissance during the pandemic, when many people got back on their bikes as the roads emptied of cars.

To celebrate cycling and encourage even more people to get biking, a Celebration of Cycling festival is taking place in Oxford and across the county from 28 August to 4 October. We’re supporting this with a series of events and resources for students, staff and the local community.

There’s plenty of fitness and sport related activities planned for Fresher’s Week this year - including body assessments from Brookes Sport.

Alongside our ongoing Bike Doctor service and second hand bike sales, on 27 September local transport operators will be in the Forum, John Henry Brookes Building, at Headington Campus to promote travel offers, with complimentary travel tickets to give away. And on 29 September a public lecture will show how academics at Brookes developed an amazing bamboo bike.

Ben Spencer, Research Fellow in Built Environment and Healthy Ageing, is co-ordinating Brookes’ involvement in the festival and said: “Cycling is hugely beneficial in so many ways - it is an easy way to get around (not least in Oxford, much quicker than a car!); it is good for your physical and mental health; it is an environmentally-friendly way to travel, and more than anything it’s fun! I’d encourage everyone to have a look at all the events on offer, get involved and get on your bike in September!”

The festival is organised by Cyclox and culminates with the Women’s Tour of Britain coming through Oxfordshire on 4 October. Starting at Bicester, the tour will travel 150km through the county before finishing in Banbury. It’s expected to come through Oxford at approximately 11.30am on 4 October, and will pass near Headington Campus.

You can find out more about all the events for the festival, including those organised by Oxford Brookes, on the main Celebration of Cycling website.