Archive for September, 2010

Cycle Sculpture

September 28th, 2010

Voted at the last BUG meeting to be the single most significant contribution to cycling in Witney this year, the new cycle parking at the Woolgate is a big hit with bicycle users visiting the centre.

Not just because of the upgrade to ‘proper’ cycle stands, nor simply because of the increase in parking capacity, but also because it looks and feels like we really do give a damn about cycling in Witney.

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“A car club for Witney?”

September 23rd, 2010

Cars are greener if they're car-club carsThis was the provocative title of the recent talk from Cliff Jordan of Oxcar, a car club founded in East Oxford in 2008. You might think the answer would be an easy “yes”, as there’s clearly a lot of people who like their cars in Witney, but he wasn’t talking about a car appreciation club, but something entirely different. So what are car clubs; how do they work in practice; and could Witney have its own car club?

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LTP Newsflash

September 23rd, 2010

The Draft Local Transport Plan for Witney is available to view here…

Draft Witney Local Transport Plan

For the villages you’ll need the Rural Oxfordshire document…

Draft Rural Oxfordshire Local Transport Plan

Consultation begins Oct 4th running through to Jan 9th.


SW Energy Project

September 23rd, 2010

Meeting in the back room of the Plough at 7pm on Thursday 18th November to set out Sustainable Witney’s energy project.


September 20th, 2010

10:10:10 A GLOBAL DAY OF DOING from 10:10 on Vimeo.

Car Clubs – Corn Exchange

September 15th, 2010


How Do Car Clubs Work?

7:30pm Wednesday 22nd September

A Commonwheels car will be parked in front of the Corn Exchange while inside Oxcars’ Cliff Jordan will explain the advantages of the scheme and answer questions.

From a fledgling fleet of two in 2008 Oxcars will have sixteen cars this summer, in bays across East Oxford, Headington and Iffley.

None of the expense or hassle of ownership: “Commonwheels provides a fleet of cars (taxed, insured, cleaned and serviced) in marked bays in local streets. Anyone over 18, who’s held a licence for at least 12 months and has no more than 6 points, is welcome to join.”

You could also make significant savings by leasing a car to the car club. Commonwheels takes on the responsibility and costs of the car – Tax, MOT, insurance, servicing.

“A few of us in East Oxford were keen to find a local project that was both achievable and would have a real impact on carbon emissions.  Together with a few people from Transition Oxford we decided to bring a car club to our city.”


The Sustainable Bookshelf

September 8th, 2010

Meetings on transport tend to be dominated by male engineers and planners, with a focus on figures, discussing the minutiae of inscribed circle diameters and junction capacities. Monday morning in the University Club on Mansfield Road felt very different. Could sociology departments across the country be about to rescue Britain from the hash we’re making of a seemingly inevitable cycling revolution? Let’s hope so.

The 7th Cycling and Society Symposium was far more balanced from a gender perspective, in fact three papers were presented on that particular topic, and a day looking at the cycle’s place in society and the built environment made for a refreshing change.

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BUG Meeting – The Plough

September 7th, 2010

The Bicycle User Group are meeting in The Plough on Thursday 16th September at 7pm, all welcome.

We’ll be in the meeting room out the back. If in doubt just ask at the bar.

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Wychwood Forest Fair

September 2nd, 2010

This year’s Forest Fair is taking place on the edge of Witney this Sunday 5th September, 11:00am until 5:00pm, Southdown Farm, Crawley Road, Nr Witney, OX29 9TG.

More information here…