‘Like Riding A Bike’ conference to discuss encouraging bike usage for all

Published: Friday, 6th September 2019

Councillors from Oxford City Council will be attending the ‘Like Riding A Bike conference’ on Saturday 7 September – which will be discussing how to encourage bike usage for all ages.

Organised by Cyclox and Oxford Brookes University, the conference will explore how we can get people who used to cycle, or have never cycled, onto bikes, and the role of virtual reality cycling.

The event will see interactive workshops, cycle tours, demonstrations and rides on ebikes and adapted bikes, and talks.

Amongst those speaking at the conference will be Councillor Pat Kennedy, Ward Councillor for the Lye Valley, and the City Council’s Older Peoples' Champion, who will be on the afternoon discussion panel.

The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Craig Simmons.

Oxford has the second highest prevalence for cycling at least once a week in the country (39% of residents), and the second highest rate of residents cycling to work (17% of residents). 

There are currently 3,906 bike parking spaces in Oxford city centre. 

In August, a report commissioned by Oxford City Council identified 145 locations across Oxford city centre where cycle parking could be installed or expanded.

The City Council has committed the first £30,000 which could fund over 100 new spaces, and Oxford University has pledged a further £21,000 for spaces as part of a potential wider project to install 665 parking spaces. 

As part of the project ParkThatBike has produced a map, using Google Maps, that lists every the location of every bike rack in the city centre – and where there are opportunities for more provision.

Oxford City Council owns bike racks on publicly-owned land in the city centre, and they are maintained by the City Council’s wholly-owned social enterprise Oxford Direct Services. 

You can find out more about the conference on Eventbrite.

Councillor Pat Kennedy, Ward Member for Lye Valley, and the City Council’s Older People’s champion, said: “We know that cycling is very important for health and wellbeing, especially for older people. I welcome this conference and am looking forward taking part in the discussions around how we can help to encourage cycling across all ages.”