In a party atmosphere our Open Workshop at Cogges Farm pedalled off to a sunny start on Saturday with the help of our friends and plenty of tea, cake and biscuits.
Officially opened by the Mayor of Witney who emphasised the importance of the inclusive nature of the project – enabling cycling for all – the workshop will now run every Saturday and Tuesday from 10am to 2pm.
David Hibberd of the Veteran-Cycle Club travelled all the way from 1890 with his ‘Extra Special’ Crossframe Safety. Still in fine fettle it didn’t require any work but was the centre of attention among the mechanically minded.
Our mechanics and volunteers got straight on with the job of repairing or breaking down old bikes for parts and helping to diagnose the needs of our first visitors which included new chains, new cassettes (the cluster of sprockets on the rear wheel), new brake pads and a gear cable. Once diagnosed a mechanic is on hand to guide people through the process of replacing parts should they need it and to ensure the bike is fit for purpose once repaired.
Anyone can drop in but if people wish to book a slot or have a mechanical question then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are launching our Open Workshop on Saturday 25th March at Cogges from 11am. Come along and meet the team, have your bike checked, play the pedal powered games and enter our competition. Will has made aprons for the workshop and has renovated a Pashley delivery bike with our logo. More details about our Open Workshop here.
The basic design parameters – a 3m wide two-way track with a 1.5m verge between the cycle track and the bus lane – are sound, but the decision to place the track on the northern side and the physical constraints of some of the junctions raise issues that need addressing.
Our main concern is that all of the crossings are made safe enough for children to cycle to school and put their Bikeability training into practice. A safe crossing at Eynsham roundabout is essential.
You can support our call for safe crossings for all by responding to the consultation and saying exactly that, or similar, in the comment box in part 3. You have until midnight tomorrow, Thursday 12th January.
Alternatively, you can send your comments to LTS.email@example.com with a subject heading of Eynsham Park & Ride and A40 Bus Lane Consultation. Feel free to mention the Windrush Bike Project response.
“I support the introduction of a universal rule to give way when turning at junctions, to make them simpler and safer for people driving, cycling and walking.”
It’s a complex topic – the full report by Phil Jones Associates proposing the change and laying out the case for further research runs to 113 pages – but the executive summary gets that down to 19 pages, and Chris Boardman manages to sum it up in under a minute…
Phil Jones, one of the report’s authors, explains the technical advantages that can be made by simplifying junctions for all users…
This will make designing safe cycle routes easier and remove some of the problems with existing cycle tracks such as giving way at every side road.
Help us to help you – please sign the petition.
This initiative was the result of a number of study tours, particularly to Copenhagen, and if you’re curious I wrote this last year about my own experience of cycling there.
We are delighted to announce that we have secured Bikeability funding until 2020. In this 3 and a half year funding package we have the opportunity to teach the full progressive Bikeability training programme; starting Level 1 in Year 4, Level 2 in Year 5/6 and Level 3 in secondary school. In 2017 we will also be starting a bike recycling programme to ensure that all children have access to a bike, along with running Bikeability fun days and Bikeability promotional events.
Huge thanks to Carterton Community College who have secured the funding from the Youth Sports Trust.
We’ll be at the Witney Carnival this Saturday 9th July running a build-a-bike session throughout the day – build part of the bike and get a free raffle ticket to win the finished bike.
We’ll also be running a Dr Bike session so bring your own bike along for a free check-up.
And Witney Mountain Bike Club will be joining us too.
With funding from Cottsway Housing Association’s Well Community Fund we have been able to extend our Bikeability training. Since February we have trained 49 children from both Year 5 and Year 6 in Bikeability Levels 1 and 2. Continue reading