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Cycling in Oxford

Cycling in Oxford is often the fastest way of getting round the city, but if you’re not used to cycling in traffic there are some important things you need to know to keep yourself safe.

Before you cycle in Oxford

  • Get the right equipment.  The absolute minimums are a mechanically safe bike that fits you, front and rear lights, rear reflector and a good quality lock. Most experienced Oxford cyclists wear a helmet (if you do decide to wear one make sure it is fitted correctly) and something high-visibility and reflective, particularly at night. 
  • Register your bike.  Theft of bicycles is very common in Oxford. A bicycle registration number will increase the chances of your bike being returned if stolen. Cycle registration packs are available in from the University Security Services (01865 272944). 
  • Improve your urban cycling skills – see details of cycle training at 

If you are involved in an accident, make sure that you get professional help either at the John Radcliffe Hospital (01865 741166) or from the Hall doctor.

To report a stolen bike contact the local Police station (0845 8 505 505) and also, if your bike is registered, the University Security Services (01865 272944).

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