Map of walking, cycling and public transport routes in Bicester  

'Cycle for Bicester', bike loan scheme

The Cycle for Bicester challenge is open to all Bicester residents over the age of 18. We ask you to look at the short car trips that you make in and around the town and pledge to swap a regular trip by car with walking or cycling.

Jacqui Cox, Principal Transport Planner for Eco Bicester, said: “We want to encourage people who don’t normally cycle to give it a go and replace driving short distances with cycling.”

The aim is to offer Bicester residents a way of keeping fit at the same time as reducing car exhaust emissions.

To help you achieve your pledge, when you take the Cycle for Bicester challenge you can get access to free adult cycle training, community bike fixes, or the loan of a bike for 4 weeks.  For more details, click on the links below:

For dates and times of 'Cycle for Bicester' events, see the Eco Bicester events calendar.

First participant takes part in Cycle for Bicester

And 29-year-old Melanie Bucknall of Kings End, Bicester, was one of the first to take on the challenge.

She said: "It’s a fantastic scheme, the bike that I borrowed was super-fast.’

Who is supplying the bikes for Cycle for Bicester?

The Oxford Bicycle Company has supplied the bikes and will maintain and store them when they are not in use.  It will also offer minor repairs to anyone taking up the challenge, whether or not they are making use of the bike loan scheme.

Haddenham Cycle Training is also involved in the scheme and run the cycle training sessions which take place in Bicester.  The company is also planning to train residents of the town so they can spread their knowledge.

For more details on the challenge and to book a bike or place on the training dates, contact the Travel Choices Team at Oxfordshire County Council.