Bike Week 2022

In a vehicle or on a bike – safety first

When we leave our homes each day, we should all feel safe and confident about the journey ahead regardless of the mode of transport.

The 'Hierarchy of Responsibility' in the Highway Code gives all road users a duty to ensure the safety of those who are more vulnerable than them. Therefore, HGV drivers have to take extra care of cyclists, and in turn, cyclists must lookout for pedestrians. 

Whilst we should all navigate the roads in a way that reduces the risk of injury to others and ourselves (and is forgiving of mistakes), it’s important to remember that the person in control of a bigger and more dangerous vehicle must do everything they can to keep vulnerable road users safe.

Free breakfast for cyclists and public transport users

The University is committed to helping our staff and students choose sustainable ways of travelling on a day-to-day basis.

We encourage you to:

  • Cycle or walk where possible
  • If you cannot walk or ride, use public transport

To show our appreciation and thank you for travelling sustainably, we invite you to join us for a free breakfast at the following sites: 

  • Tuesday, 7 June 9-11am at Old Road Campus, The Richard Doll cafe.
  • Wednesday, 8 June 9-11am at The Andrew Wiles building cafe.

No registration is required - just bring your bus or train pass, bicycle helmet or anything else that will demonstrate your sustainable commute habits.

Get on a bike

Bicycle loans: interest-free loans to buy a bicycle and safety equipment (staff only). 10% discount in local shops (staff and students).

Cycle to work scheme: a salary sacrifice scheme enabling employees to purchase a new bike out of their pre-tax income via the Green Commute Initiative.

Stay safe

Free cycle training for staff and students: This covers basic bike handling skills for total beginners through to advanced skills for safe cycling in challenging traffic situations.

Be seen: Stay safe by having front and rear lights (a requirement in the UK). There are also many bright, reflective products. Maintain a good position on the road.

Cycle safety: discounted LED cycle lights and D-Locks to keep you and your bike safe.

Enjoy travelling by bike

Find your route: a cycle map showing all the on-road and traffic-free cycle routes in Oxford.

Maintain it: the University has teamed up with mobile mechanics to provide bike maintenance with free labour for staff (just pay for parts).

Mix it up: If you don’t want to cycle your whole route try combining cycling with Park&Ride, train or bus.