Posts Tagged ‘bikeweek2014’

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)