Posts Tagged ‘bikeweek’

Wet But Worth It!

June 15th, 2015

PotterToThePottery2015Another Potter to the Pottery completed, and not as wet as predicted with only light drizzle to contend with on our way to Aston and back. The highlight was definitely the cake while we dried out (which my damp phone’s camera did its best to capture).

The promise of thundery showers meant our numbers were much depleted this year but leaders Mike, Stuart and I were joined by Kath, Alastair, Peter, Chloe and Jasper.

We’ll probably run the ride again this year to take advantage of the summer!

Seeing east Witney through different eyes for Bike Week

June 17th, 2014

The Saturday just gone, Witney Bike Users Group kicked off Bike Week 2014 with a cycling infrastructure safari. Leaving from Cogges at 1pm-ish, we meandered round the Cogges, Madley Park and Hailey Road estates, looking at cycling provision and what could be done better.

It was nice seeing familiar areas of the town through new eyes, especially at a genial pace and on such a sunny day. Somewhat less nice was the quality of the provision out there—the Cogges cycle racks hidden in bushes, the blocking metal gates and bollards that prevent any non-standard-size cycle or use of cycle trailers—but it was still cheering to start to see how cycling was starting to tie up across east Witney: from the bottom of Church Lane, there’s a continuous (if road-crossing) cycle track all the way up Madley Brook to join up with the Woodstock pavement path, which some of us hadn’t really appreciated before. Also, almost incidentally, our guide Kevin introduced us to a remarkable cafe: easy to get to, but hidden in deepest, darkest Elmfield….

All in all it was a great afternoon out, much more fun than you’d imagine from looking at cycling provision – plus we’ll get some great, useful information out of it to present to the council(s) and hopefully improve such future trips, both for idle flâneurs like ourselves but also for people simply wanting to get places.

Two for one entry at Cogges for cyclists this Bike Week

June 16th, 2014

To celebrate Bike Week 2014 (happening this week!) the lovely people at Cogges are offering 2-for-1 entry to the museum and gardens for cyclists, all week.

You and a friend should turn up on site using some kind of bicycle or similar, to take advantage of the offer; I’m reliably informed you don’t actually need to wheel it all the way round the museum! There are bike racks just outside the cafe and shop area; more exciting news about them to follow later….

BikeWeek2014: Potter to the Pottery

June 5th, 2014

WitneyBUGBadge2014Start at 10am on Saturday 21 June at St Mary’s on Church Green for a gentle ride to Aston for tea and cake; back by 1pm. A fun outing for 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)

BikeWeek2014: Infrastructure Safari

June 4th, 2014

WitneyBUGBadge20141pm Saturday 14 June starting at Cogges Farm Museum. A slow ride looking at the cycle infrastructure of North and East Witney. Several stops along the way to make observations finishing back at Cogges Cafe to discuss improvements we’d like to see for bike users in Witney.

(Organized by WitneyBUG and Sustainable Witney)

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 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.

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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.

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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)