Cycling

  • Oxford is a recognised "Cycling city" and offers various bike hire schemes, throughout the city.        

    Oxford Brookes University actively encourages staff and students to cycle to the University, below you will find some of the offers and facilities available.


    Oxford Bike Hire Schemes

    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. 


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


    Bike Doctor & Maintenance

    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 the Sports Centre. (Outside Lloyd building from academic 2019/20)

    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 brookes@spoke.co.uk. 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.


    Cycle Parking

    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.


    Safety, Security & Insurance

    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


    Showers

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

    • 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)

    Active Travel Lockers

    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.

    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 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.


    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/