Cycling

  • 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.

    Parking

    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.

    Bike Doctor & Maintenance

    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 brookes@spoke.co.uk to book your bike in.

    Locations:

    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.

    Safety, Security & Insurance

    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. 

    Showers

    In accordance with the University's Travel Plan, showers for cyclists (and walkers) are available at all of our Oxford sites. 

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

      H229b and  H229c (Accessed from "G" Block) and R119)

    Active travel lockers

    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 lockers
    These 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 lockers
    Individual 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.

    Cyclist Forum

    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 transport@brookes.ac.uk

    Dockless Bikes

    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 - ukinfo@obikeinc.com

    Ofo Bike - cs_uk@ofo.com

    MoBike - support.uk@mobike.com

    Pony Bike - go@getapony.com

    Donkey Republic - info@donkeyrepublic.dk

    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, please visit http://www.chilternrailways.co.uk/travelling-your-bike-0 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 facebook.com/Crosscountrytrains

    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

    Stagecoach Oxford – Bikes are only allowed on the X5 Oxford to Cambridge coach, NOT local buses.

    Broken Spoke Bike Co-op

    42 Pembroke Street (City Centre)
    07551 711 746 - http://bsbcoop.org/


    Cycloanalysts

    150 Cowley Road
    01865 424444 - http://cycloanalysts.com/


    Beeline Bicycles

    205 Cowley Road
    01865 246615 - http://www.beelinebicycles.co.uk/


    Cycle King

    128-130 Cowley Road
    01865 728262 - http://www.cycleking.co.uk/


    Bike Zone

    28-32 St Michael's Street (City Centre)
    01865 728877 - http://www.bike-zone.co.uk/

    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.
    • Enhanced finance offers

    The Electric Transport Shop (Electric Bikes)

    125 Magdalen Road
    01865 243937 - https://www.electricbikesales.co.uk/oxfordstore


    Walton Street Cycles

    78 Walton Street
    01865 311610 - http://www.spoke.co.uk


    Warlands

    63 Botley Road
    01865 723100 - http://warlands-cycles.co.uk/


    Summertown Cycles

    200 Banbury Road
    01865 316885 - http://summertowncycles.co.uk/


    Reg Taylor Cycles

    Iffley Road
    01865 247040 - http://regtaylorcycles.co.uk/