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Oxford Brookes University actively encourages staff and students to cycle to the University. Below you will find some of the offers and facilities available for current and potential cyclists. Transport Services also has cycle maps available, if you are interested in the cycling routes available around Oxford.
Bike racks can be found at all of our sites and Halls of Residences.
Some Halls of Residence and campuses have bike bins, that can be hired for up to a year. A £20 deposit is required and this is refunded upon return of the key, so long as the lock, key and bin are in good condition. Bike bins are limited and issued on a first-come first-serve basis. In the first instance, availability inquiries should be raised with the applicable halls/ campus reception.
There is a secure parking facility located outside the John Henry Brookes Building on Gipsy Lane. This is accessed via your Oxford BROOKES University Staff or Student ID card. There is no charge for using this facility but space within the facility is extremely limited.
Our Bike Dr service allows you to get your bike serviced and repaired for free (though you will have to pay for any replacement parts). The Bike Dr makes regular visits to all Oxford-based campuses throughout the year. Check the Transport Events Calendar to see when he is next available and email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your bike in.
Gipsy Lane - Outside the Sports Centre.
Harcourt Hill - By the bike racks behind the bus stop.
Wheatley - College Close Junction (left-hand side).
Marston Road - car park behind Main Lecture Theatre.
In addition, we 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.
Make sure to lock your bicycle securely. Always use a good quality lock and a good steel type if possible.
We recommend registering your bicycle with Bike Register and Thames Valley Police also encourage you to register with Immobilise.
In accordance with the University's Travel Plan, showers for cyclists (and walkers) are available at all of our Oxford sites.
H229b and H229c (Accessed from "G" Block) and R119)
In addition, in the Clerici Shower room, a number of active travel lockers are available for students and staff who cycle, run, walk or take another ‘active’ approach when travelling to campus. There are two types: day-use and individual use.
Day-use lockersThese are numbered 1-15 and can be used on a first come, first served basis each day. All belongings must be cleared, and the key left in the locker, by 9.30pm each evening. Anything left in these lockers after this time will be removed by Security Services.
Individual-use lockersIndividual students or staff can apply for a year-long, exclusive rental of one locker. A rental fee of £20 applies for a 365 day period, guaranteeing its availability to you during that time. A £50 deposit will also be taken, to cover the replacement of locks in the event of a loss of the key, and is refundable at the end of the rental period (if not needed).
The income from rental fees will be utilised to further expand bike security campaigns, such as the National Cycling Database 'BikeRegister'.
To apply for an individual-use locker:1. Fill in this Google Doc application form (note: only ‘@brookes.ac.uk’ email addresses are permitted).2. Your application will be reviewed by the Transport Services team on a first come, first served basis.3. If lockers are available, one will be issued to you and Transport Services will contact you with further information.4. Your 365-day rental period will start and you should visit Transport Services to pay the fee and collect your key.
The Cyclist Forum is a great way to get in touch with other Brookes cyclists and is our first point of contact on all cycling-related matters. If you would like to be added to the Cyclist Forum, please email email@example.com
Oxford city has multiple dockless bike schemes in operation that are accessible for everyone by downloading the appropriate app, registering on the site and then the bike will unlock automatically. The schemes are managed by different companies and all have different application and usage processes, for example charge rates & loan times etc. Please visit the applicable website for the specific dockless bike you want to use to check their terms and conditions before use.
Some dockless bikes schemes have pre-set drop-off points, whilst others allow users to deposit bikes almost anywhere (within certain guidelines).
For the dockless bikes that can be deposited almost anywhere, Oxford BROOKES University has agreed with the relevant companies that dockless bikes will have a designated drop off/ collection point on campus. This drop off/ collection point is located just outside Headington Sports, next to the AstroTurf pitches. Signage in the area directs users where the drop off/ collection area is and we ask that anyone using a dockless bike scheme, deposits the bike in this agreed area.
If you have any questions or queries, or come across a bike causing an obstruction, please contact the relevant dockless bike company below.
Obike - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ofo Bike - email@example.com
MoBike - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pony Bike - email@example.com
Donkey Republic - firstname.lastname@example.org
If your bicycle is stolen
Report a theft to Thames Valley Police non-emergency line on
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, please visit
for further details.
Cross Country Trains (from Oxford Station)
– Advised to make a cycle reservation on
0844 811 0124. You also make a reservation on Twitter (@crosscountryuk) or through
Oxford Bus Company
- Bikes are only allowed on the express coach services, NOT local buses. You must box your bike on the Airline services to Gatwick and Heathrow Airport. Your bike will be taken on the X90 (London to Oxford) if there is room
– Bikes are only allowed on the X5 Oxford to Cambridge coach, NOT local buses.
42 Pembroke Street (City Centre)
07551 711 746
150 Cowley Road
205 Cowley Road
128-130 Cowley Road
28-32 St Michael's Street (City Centre)
Now offering all partnership business and group employees the opportunity to a
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.
125 Magdalen Road
78 Walton Street
63 Botley Road
200 Banbury Road