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Bike marking at Witney police station today, 2-4pm

August 3rd, 2013

If you’re interested in security-marking your bicycle, to help track it down in case of theft, Witney police station are running a marking scheme today (Saturday), 2–4pm. Sorry for the last-minute notification, but we’ve only just spotted the event ourselves!

But it’s worth noting that, if you’re cycling around town anyway, Witney Bike User Group is meeting at Cogges from 1pm. Come along for coffee, cake and maybe a ride!

2013 Carnival Parade

July 18th, 2013

The sun turned up for the carnival last weekend where Sustainable Witney joined the Witney Mountain Bike Club’s cycling float. Forty children plus parents and trainers made the most of the weather and the traffic free streets to celebrate cycling in ‘Witney Through the Ages’ – this year’s theme.

Bikes are an important form of independent transport for many of us, and that’s especially true for children and teenagers. Witney Mountain Bike Club’s Go Ride sessions are a great place to start for children, both to learn to ride and to keep Witney riding through the ages…












Cogges beer and cider festival

July 15th, 2013

Cogges, the living, breathing Victorian farm and food museum on your doorstep, is having a beer and cider festival on August 2-3.

Along with over 40 locally brewed beers and ciders, there’ll be a pub quiz, barbecue, Aunt Sally and other games, and even live music: Eloise Rees, Roukes Drift, The Lash and much more. £8 advance / £10 on the door; over-18s only; doors open from 6pm each day till 11.30pm. Price of ticket includes a commemorative Cogges tankard and two free half pints!

Also on Saturday 3 August, Witney BUG will have its regular afternoon meeting at Cogges. There’s every good chance that, all business having been conducted, it might segue into the beer and cider festival….

Ducklington Lane Consultation

July 10th, 2013


The consultation on the changes to the Ducklington Lane, Station Lane, Thorney Leys junction opened today. Links to the consultation and the documents can be found here.

Better provision is made for walking and cycling but it still falls short of providing bike access to Thorney Leys Business Park and the Station Lane Estate. These and other issues with the design can be discussed with the county council in the Methodist Church on the High Street at the following times:

  • Friday 12 July – 3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 13 July – 10am to 5pm

Let us have your comments too.


Ducklington Lane Proposals, Methodist Church

July 10th, 2013

Have your say on Ducklington Lane transport proposals

People are being asked for their views on proposals to tackle congestion along the ‘Duckington Lane Corridor’.

The proposed improvements will be on display at the Wesley Room, The Methodist Church, High Street, in Witney on:

  • Friday 12 July – 3pm to 7pm
  • Saturday 13 July – 10am to 5pm

County Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for transport, said: “The proposals are part of a wider vision for Witney which were approved by the county council’s Cabinet in March this year. I would urge anyone with an interest in the future of transport in their area to get along to one of the exhibitions or take a look online.”

It is hoped to tackle existing and future congestion problems, and to enhance pedestrian and cycle access, by:

  • Providing safer pedestrian crossing facilities on Ducklington Lane north and Station Lane;
  • Reducing congestion and delay by increasing the number of lanes at the junction approaches and through the corridor;
  • Improving wider traffic movements, including access to and from the A40, by optimising signal timings and road markings, making more efficient use of road space

Alternatively, you can see the plans 9am – 5pm from Monday 15 July until Friday 9 August 2013 at:

  • West Oxfordshire District Council Offices, Elmfield, New Yatt Road, Witney OX28 1PB
  • Witney Town Council, The Town Hall, Market Square, Witney, Oxon,OX28 6AG

BUG Meeting, Cogges

June 26th, 2013

WitneyBUGBadge2014Witney Bike Users Group represents and work for people using cycles in and around Witney.

The group meets at Cogges Farm Cafe, on the first Saturday of the month at 1pm.

Come along and say hello; and even if you can’t make it, it’d be great if you could consider joining WitneyBUG, for only a one-off small fee. The more members WitneyBUG has, the easier it can argue for a sustainable, cycle-friendly local transport policy.

Sociable Cycling

June 19th, 2013

PotterToThePotteryTwenty five sociable cyclists rode to Aston Pottery on Saturday for coffee, cake and Morris dancing. A tailwind and a fly past were provided for the way back. See the day in pictures.

Check out the events calendar opposite to see what’s in store this weekend, from geeky all the way to easy via the longest continuous cycle path in West Oxon.

And don’t forget it’s a very sociable 2 for 1 at Cogges this week when you and a friend arrive by bike.

Bike Week: Cogges Long Ride

June 19th, 2013

WitneyBUGLogoBadgeNewWP10:30am Sunday 23rd June from Cogges Farm Museum, riding along the traffic free cycle path to Wolvercote for the Farmers’ Market Midsummer Festival. Quiet routes from there through the centre of Oxford with a cafe stop before returning to Cogges. 26 miles, with rests, back by 3pm.

Bike Week begins tomorrow!

June 14th, 2013

Are you free tomorrow? If so, you should come along to A Potter to the Pottery. Witney Bike Week kicks off at 10am with a ride for people of all skills and ages, out to Aston Pottery on quiet roads and bridlepaths. Meet at St Mary’s on Church Green for 10; back by 1pm.

» Read more: Bike Week begins tomorrow!

Bike Week: Cogges Short Ride

June 14th, 2013

11am Sunday 23rd June, an easy, quiet, circular route via Ducklington. 4 miles, back by 12.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


I Like The Way I Bike

June 13th, 2013

RideToAstonSmack bang in the middle of the year already and the festival of all things bike is upon us.

If we’re lucky and the weather doesn’t then I’m afraid to say there are still a few people out there who might try and rain on your parade. They’ll tell you you’re doing it wrong, not wearing the right stuff, sometimes they’ll even single you out as a potential lawbreaker that needs a friendly talking to about the heinous acts you’re going to commit. My advice is ring your bell, smile sweetly and give them a wide berth, we’ve no time for killjoys in Bike Week.

Wear your favourite outfit and ride your favourite bike; summertime is the perfect time to demonstrate riding a bike is as normal as walking the dog or driving the car. If you feel more secure upon your steed sporting hi-viz and a helmet then be our guest – we’re not the fashion police!

» Read more: I Like The Way I Bike

Using a Bike for Short Journeys: Part 1

June 2nd, 2013

SafetyBicycleConvenience. That’s the key.

It’s convenience, or rather the lack of it, that explains why someone who regularly does a 60 mile ride at the weekend, or commutes 15 miles each way to work all week, will choose to jump in the car to pop into town. Sounds absurd on the face it, surely a journey of 1 or 2 miles is easier than slogging your way over the Cotswolds? And of course it is, if you ignore all the phaffing around that goes with it.

» Read more: Using a Bike for Short Journeys: Part 1

Bike Week 2013 begins and ends with Witney events

May 28th, 2013

It’s National Bike Week on 15-22 June. As always, Witney will be hosting a few events to mark the occasion.

It all begins with a gentle ride to Aston for tea and cake. If you fancy taking a trip out on bridle paths and quiet country lanes, to have cake in an idyllic Oxfordshire village, then you should come along and join other riders of any age and skill, leaving from St Mary’s on Church Green at 10am on Saturday 15 June. We’ll go at a leisurely pace, and hope to be back by 1pm.

At the other end of the week on Saturday 22 June, we’ll tour south and west Witney and imagine how it might become a cycletopia. Starting at 3pm at the Buttercross, we’ll looking at the existing bike infrastructure, then end up at a pub in town to discuss the improvements we’d like to see.

We’ll announce mid-week events here as and when they’re arranged. Don’t forget that there’s even more events planned in Oxford!

(Witney Bike Week events are organized by WitneyBUG, Sustainable Witney and Witney Mountain Bike Club)

Bike Week: Infrastructure Safari

May 28th, 2013

WitneyBUGLogoBadgeNewWP3pm Saturday 22nd June starting at the Buttercross. A geeky, slow ride looking at the cycle infrastructure of South and West Witney. Several stops along the way to make observations finishing in a hostelry to discuss improvements we’d like to see for bike users in Witney.

Route here…

(Organized by WitneyBUG and Sustainable Witney)

A Potter to the Pottery, Bike Week

May 28th, 2013

Begin National Bike Week on Saturday 15 June with a gentle ride to Aston for tea and cake.

Start at 10am, at St Mary’s on Church Green; back by 1pm. Brigitte Hickman leads cyclists of any age and skill along bridle paths and quiet country lanes to an idyllic Oxfordshire village. All welcome!

(Organized by WitneyBUG, Sustainable Witney and Witney Mountain Bike Club)