Oxford City Council is marking Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 15 August.
This year, Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, and Councillor Louise Upton, Board Member for Healthy Oxford will be joining, Oxfordshire County Council, Broken Spoke, and members of the public in cycling to work.
Cycle to Work Day, is a national free event that aims to encourage more people to commute to work by bike. It is run by Cyclescheme.
The City Council encourages cycling in Oxford. Last month the City Council welcomed the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC)’s call for Government to invest £150 million to improve cycling infrastructure in and around Oxford. The report identifies that Oxford is surpassed only by Cambridge for the proportion of commuter journeys conducted on bikes within the city.
In July 2017, new signs proclaiming Oxford as a ‘cycling city’ were installed on all 11 roads entering the city centre as a statement of intent.
In August 2017, the City Council, along with Oxfordshire County Council created a code of conduct with local dockless bike sharing schemes. The City Council has been working with providers to ensure the services work best for the city.
Under its ‘Park and Pedal’ initiative, the City Council installed 70 cycle parking spaces at Redbridge Park and Ride and 40 spaces at Seacourt Park and Ride to encourage ‘last mile’ and ‘first mile’ cycling by motorists using the city’s park and rides.
In Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council, as the transport authority, is responsible for upgrading and maintaining the majority of cycle tracks, on-road cycle facilities and the identification and creation of new cycle routes.
Councillor Louise Upton, Board Member for Healthy Oxford, said: “We are very proud that Oxford is a cycling city and we are keen to encourage more residents to cycle to and from work. Encouraging people to cycle to work instead of driving will help to improve our air quality levels, reduce congestion and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
“Currently, 25 per cent of all commuter journeys in Oxford are conducted on bikes. If you have wanted an excuse to cycle to work, why not use Cycle to Work Day as an opportunity - give it a try, either on your own or with a friend.”
Steve Uwin, Broken Spoke, said: "Broken spoke have organised a ride into Oxford with a number of Councillors on Cycle to Work day so they can experience the benefits of cycling to work as well as setting a good example to others."