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Oxford is a recognised "Cycling friendly city". Whether it is for the daily commute or to embrace the city's culture and cobbled streets you are never too far from a bicycle. Cycling UK provides a range of guides and information about cycling around Oxford. Oxford Brookes University actively encourages staff and students to cycle to the University, below you will find some of the offers and facilities available.
E-bikes are recognised to be an viable alternative to travel and they allow more people to enjoy cycling. The benefits have been well documented. For example, health, environmental, financial and improved fitness. In collaboration with Bike Zone and Summer Street Cycles, Oxford Brookes University staff and students can have the opportunity to experience an e-bike. All you need is some valid photographic identification (e.g. driving licence or passport). Just give them a call to book a test ride.
Oxford has various bike hire schemes available for public use, including some dockless bike hire options. A list of bike hire operators in Oxford is available on the Oxford City Council web pages.
Generally, hire bikes will display a QR code and you will need to download an app to access the bike. As each hire scheme will have its own terms and conditions, please check their websites for full details.
Please note: To help facilitate the collection of dockless bike collection on the Headington campus, the University does have a designated drop off/ collection point. This 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 a query or would like to report a bike causing an obstruction, please contact the bike hire operator directly.
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. To become a member, please email Transport@brookes.ac.uk
The Bike Doctor offers an on-campus, while-you-wait maintenance and repair service. Labour is free - you only need to pay for parts. Please check the Transport Events Calendar to see when he is next on campus.
Bike Dr Locations:
Gipsy Lane - Outside Lloyd building
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 the front of the building
Booking is not necessary, but can be arranged by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the time and date that you wish to book and as many details about your bike as you can (e.g. make/model, nature of work to be done).
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.
Designated cycle parking facilities and bike racks can be found at across all of our Campuses and Halls of Residences.
There is also a secure cycle parking facility located outside the John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus. This is accessed via your Oxford BROOKES University Staff or Student ID card and offered on first come, first served basis. If the secure parking facility is at full capacity, please use one of the other nearby cycle parking facilities or bike racks.
Some Halls of Residences and campuses may have single bike storage bins that can be hired for up to a year. Bike bins are limited, requiring a £20 deposit and are issued on a first come, first served basis. In the first instance, availability inquiries should be raised with the applicable Halls/ Campus reception.
We encourage cyclists insurance their bike, for its and their own protection.
Make sure to lock your bicycle securely and always use a good quality lock (a good steel type if possible). Security Services can offer bike marking sessions and may have bike locks available to purchase. Security Services can be contacted on 01865 483060.
In addition, we would recommend registering your bicycle with a national bike register, such as Immobilise.
In accordance with the University's Travel Plan, showers for cyclists (and walkers) are available at all of our Oxford sites. Shower locations below.
The Clerici Shower room on Headington campus has a number of lockers available. These are 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.
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.
University students and staff can use their university email address to apply for the exclusive rental of an individual use locker. Lockers rental costs £20 and lasts for a period of up to 365 days. Please note an addition, refundable deposit of £50 will be required. Deposit is to cover the replacement of locks 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.
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.
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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.
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