Cycling

  • Oxford is a recognised 'cycling city' and the City Council cycling webpages has information on local cycling routes and amenities, as well as guidance on bike safety, security and recycling. 

    Oxford Brookes University students and staff can take advantage of a range of transport discounts and offers.

     

    Security: Safety & Insurance

    The University encourages cyclists to insurance their bike and use a good quality lock, for its and their own protection.

    Security Services offer students and staff free bike marking kits, discounted bike locks and lights, purchasable via the University online shop or direct from Security Services team.


    Maintenance: Bike Doctor

    The Bike Doctor provides an on-campus, while-you-wait maintenance and repair service. You will need to present your valid University ID and Labour is free - you only need to pay for parts.

    Please check the Transport Events Calendar for on campus session details.

    On Campus Bike Dr Locations:

    • Gipsy Lane - Outside JHBB building in Western Courtyard
    • Marston Road - Car park behind Main Lecture Theatre.
    • Harcourt Hill - By the bike racks behind the bus stop.
    • Wheatley - College Close Junction (left-hand side).
    • Swindon - Outside the front of the building

    Booking is not necessary, but can be arranged by emailing brookes@spoke.co.uk. Please include the session date and time and your bike details (e.g. make/model, nature of work).

    They also stock a range of used and recycled bicycles for all budgets and needs, please contact Walton Street Cycles for further information.

    They recommend inflating your tyres every 3-4 days and cleaning your chain twice a year, to remove build-ups of dirt and reduce the risk of damage.


    Women’s Cycle Tour Monday 4 October 2021

    Considered one of the world’s premier bike races, the Women’s Tour takes place over six stages, with stage 1 ‘The Grand Depart’ leaving Bicester and travelling 150km throughout Oxfordshire before finishing in Banbury. The Tour will be coming into Oxford city late morning, about 11:30 am.

    We have attached a graphic of the route map for this year’s Oxfordshire stage and a film of the route can be seen here: https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/video-library/ or a map of the route here: https://gpx2kml.com/map/8p1d0d4v5


    Groups: University cyclist forum

    The cyclist forum is a great way to get in contact with other Brookes cyclists and is our first point of contact for all cycling communication.

    To become a member, please email Transport@brookes.ac.uk


    Groups: University Strava cycling group

    Brookes Active cycling aims to bring together Oxford Brookes University staff and students on two wheels.

    Sign up to the University Strava cycling group and see how you stack up against others in the University.


    Groups: Cycling UK


    Cycling UK is a national organisation offering a great cycle network, promoting bike events, routes and encouraging active travel.

    They also provide a range of guides, routes and information about cycling around Oxford and local cycling groups.


    Groups: Joyriders

    Joyriders Britain aims to empower women by introducing them to the joys of cycling.

    They post upcoming Oxford rides on their  Eventbrite page which is updated each month. You can also join their  Facebook group to receive future updates. 


    Oxford: Bike hire schemes

    Oxford has a number of dockless hire bike providers operating in the city, so if you do not have your own pair of wheels, hire bikes are a great option.

    Oxford County Council are also piloting e-scooter hire in the city. Working with a company called Voi, they aim to offer an alternative option for commuter travel utilising geofencing technology with designated hire / parking points situated within Oxford, including near Halls of Residences and the Oxford based campuses.

    Personal e-scooters remain illegal in public areas and the use of any e-scooters (hired or personal) is not permitted on University campuses or Halls of Residence.

    If you have a query or would like to report a hire vehicle causing an obstruction, please contact the hire operator directly.


    Oxford: E - bike trials

    E-bikes are recognised to be a viable alternative to travel and they allow more people to enjoy cycling. The benefits have been well documented in health, environment, finance and improved fitness.

    Oxford Charity Wheels for all have a limited number of e-bikes that they are able to lend out, especially for those with mobility issues and a number of local cycle stores (including, but not limited to those below), offer e-bike test rides. 

    Just give them a call to arrange a test ride and you will require some valid photographic identification (e.g. driving licence or passport).

     

    Campus: Cycle parking

    Designated cycle parking facilities and bike racks can be found across the Campuses and Halls of Residences.

    Some of the facilities will have restricted access. The John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus is accessed via your Oxford Brookes University ID card and offered on a first come, first served basis. If it is at full capacity, please use one of the other nearby cycle parking facilities or bike racks.

    Some Halls of Residences and campuses will have facilities with restricted access managed by the halls reception. Halls may have single bike storage bins that can be hired for up to a year. Bike bins are limited, issued on a first come, first served basis and require a £20 deposit. In the first instance, availability inquiries should be raised with the applicable Halls/ Campus reception.


    Campus: Shower rooms

    For active travel commuters, the University shower facilities available are located:

    • Headington Campus (Sports Centre, John Payne - Lv2, Clerici and Abercrombie)
    • Marston Road Site (MRG11 and MRG45)
    • Harcourt Hill Campus (FG08 and FG09)
    • Wheatley Campus (“S” Block (open showers in changing rooms), Simon William new Gym,H229b and H229c (Accessed from "G" Block) and R119)

    Campus: Shower rooms - active travel lockers

    Within the Clerici Shower room on Headington campus, there are locker facilities aimed at students and staff who cycle, run, walk or take another ‘active’ approach when travelling to campus. There are two types of locker available: day use and individual use.

    Day use lockers

    Numbered 1-15, these can be used on a daily first come, first served basis. All belongings must be cleared, and the key left in the locker, by 21:30 each evening. Anything left in these lockers after this time will be removed by Security Services.

    Individual use lockers

    University students and staff can apply for the exclusive rental of an individual use locker. Locker rental costs £20 and lasts for a period of up to 365 days. Please note an addition, a refundable deposit of £50 will be required, to cover the lock replacement in the event of a lost locker key.

    Click here to apply and view the rental terms and conditions. Transport services will contact you regarding your application and the offer of an individual use locker.


    Advice for new and existing cyclists

  • If your bicycle is stolen

    • at Headington Campus contact Campus Services in the Main GL Foyer, tel: (01865) 483060
    • at Wheatley Campus contact Campus Services in the Entrance Lodge, tel: (01865) 485400
    • at Harcourt Hill Campus contact Campus Services in Site Reception, tel: (01865) 488456

    Report a theft to Thames Valley Police non-emergency line on 101.

    Your bike travels free on most trains. Please see below for details on each train company

    Great Western Railway (from Oxford Station) – You must make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance on 0345 7000 125 or at the time of booking.

    Chiltern Trains (from Oxford Parkway Station) – Restrictions on taking cycles during peak times.

    Cross Country Trains (from Oxford Station) – Advised to make a cycle reservation on 0844 811 0124

    Oxford Bus Company - Bikes are only allowed  on the Airline services to Gatwick and Heathrow Airport. Visit the Oxford Bus Company website for details and contact information.

    Stagecoach Oxford – Bikes are only allowed on the X5 Oxford to Cambridge coach, NOT local buses. Visit the Stagecoach website for details and contact information.

    Broken Spoke Bike Co-op

    St Thomas School, Osney Ln, Oxford OX1 1NJ  


    Cycloanalysts

    150 Cowley Road
    01865 424444  


    Beeline Bicycles

    205 Cowley Road
    01865 246615  


    Cycle King

    128-130 Cowley Road  


    Bike Zone

    28-32 St Michael's Street (City Centre)
    01865 728877

    Bike Zone loyalty card

    Now offering all partnership business and group employees the opportunity to a FREE sign up to our in store loyalty card to replace your basic standard discount. All that’s required is your work ID or staff card and your email address. This will then give you enhanced discounts at Bike Zone and our sister shop Summertown cycles.

    What you get:

    • 10% Discount on bikes.
    • Up to 20% Discount on Clothing, parts & accessories
    • Up to 20% Discount on workshop labour & parts, out of University term time.

    Electric Bikes Sales

    125 Magdalen Road
    01865 243937  


    Walton Street Cycles

    78 Walton Street  


    Warlands

    63 Botley Road
    01865 723100  


    Summertown Cycles

    200 Banbury Road
    01865 316885