Oxfordshire Cycling Network – Strategic Cycle Network

Oxfordshire Cycling Network today has today launched it’s vision for a countywide strategic cycle network.

More information can be found here: http://cyclingukoxfordshire.org/strategic-cycle-network/

There is a new Twitter account for Oxfordshire Cycling: @OxonCyclingNet https://twitter.com/OxonCyclingNet #OxonCycleNet

The Oxfordshire Cycling Network (OCN) is an umbrella group to provide a unified vision and voice for cyclists in Oxfordshire at a county level. It is made up from representitives of cycling organisations in the county and HarBUG is an active member. OCN is represented on the County Council’s active travel steering group and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s transport steering group.

Please note the date of  Sunday 22nd April when there will be a gathering of cyclists at County Hall in Oxford at 2pm to promote the proposal and to get support from County councillors. It would be great if HarBUG members could join in and show support. More details closer to the date.

OCN will be asking County Council candidates to support Space for Cycling, to Plan, Invest and Build a network like this.

The OCN proposal, is based on a sound economic basis.  The benefits in health and travel time would be many times the investment.  London, Cambridge, Bristol and most recently Cheshire have all seen these benefits and are investing to gain them


Didcot Garden Town Consultation

The consultation for the Didcot Garden Town proposals had been extended till Tuesday 28th February.

Please have a look at the proposals and email your comments to info@didcotgardentown.co.uk

Transport information, including cycling, can be found here: https://didcotgardentownplan.commonplace.is/schemes/transport/overview/details

More detailed information about transport can be downloaded here: www.southoxon.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Stakeholder presentation Part 2 Housing and Infrastructurepptx.pdf  Information about cycling is best shown on page 31, 41 and 42, although transport in general starts on page 16.

Please send in a comment to support cycling in the Garden Town proposals. A one line email stating your support is fine. Even if you don’t live in Didcot, please send in your support as any good practice / examples can be used to support schemes elsewhere.

HarBUG Website is Back


The HarBUG web site is up and running after a fashion.

Apologies for being out of service for so long. The webhosting company updated its servers in November and although we had instructions of things to look for and change, we could not get the site back.

In the end the problem was not with the server changeover but with the WordPress theme we have been using. We also found that we needed to change the email smtp. We have now changed the theme and the smtp to get us back on the web. The layout of the pages has changed and you will see the look of the site needs attention. Please bear with us as we sort things out.

In the meantime you can access the forums by clicking on Forum along the top line and log into the site on the left of the webpage.

Please email us at web@harbug.org.uk if you have any problems.


Kevin Wilkinson – HarBUG Chair

Didcot Garden Town – Public Drop In Session

Didcot has been designated a ‘Garden Town’ by the Government, which should mean extra cash for infrastructure. HarBUG has already atttended an initial stakeholder reception where a team of consultants introduced the concept of a Garden Town and what can be achieved. There were no solid plans put forward, just healine ideas. One of the slides in the presentation, did make the point that Didcot is over reliant on cars as a transport mode and there are transport problems. After the meeting HarBUG handed over a folder to Quod, the lead consultants, containing our responses to Oxfordshire’s Local Transport Plans 3 and 4 and a copy of the posters we produced for a Didcot Cycling event held a couple of years ago. They did ask for input from stakeholder groups so hopefully they will see what we have been trying to achieve over the years.

On Wednesday (9th) from 7:00 to 9:00pm and Thursday (10th) from 10:00am to 8:00pm there is a public drop in session at Cornerstone Arts Centre. This is an opportunity for everyone to have there say on how Didcot develops in the future. This does not just affect Didcot but also the surrounding villages. If you have the opportunity, please go along and let them know your views and how they can improve Greater Didcot for cyclists.


Harwell Link Road

We have just found out there is an exhibition for the Harwell Link Road tomorrow (Saturday 5th) in Harwell Village Hall from 10am to 3pm.



More details can be found here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/harwell-link-road

Please, if you have a chance go along and comment on the cycling provision, especially the roundabout with Wantage Road from Didcot.

  • Ask them what will happen when Valley Park is built and needs access to the junction.
  • Ask them how the roundabout will be part of the premium cycle route from Didcot Parkway to the Harwell Campus.
  • Ask them how this will encourage sustainable transport from Harwell Village and Campus to Didcot schools and facilities.

This will affect your cycle to work from Didcot so have your say now.

Icknield Way – Route 544 Diversion

We have received notification from Magnox, that the Icknield Way running along the top of the Campus will be closed from Monday 17th 2016 until March 2019. This is to allow for land remediation of the Liquid Effluent Treatment Plant (Tank Farm) and the Sewage Farm on either side of the path.

There will be a signed diversion through the Campus, the same as when it was shut a couple of years ago.

When it is finished the path will be re-instated and re-routed, straight, avoiding the sub station.

HarBUG AGM – A Message From The Chair of HarBUG

HarBUG now has a record 225 members which makes us a significant cycle group in Oxfordshire and one of the largest work based BUGs in the country. HarBUG has raised the profile of Campus cyclists and cyclists in the Science Vale area, we could have easily been overlooked being in a remote location at the edge of the county. This raised profile and campaigning has resulted in investment in cycle routes and better cycling facilities for cyclists on campus. HarBUG has also run very successful cycle events to encourage people to try cycling to work including our popular Cycle to work Days, free cycle training, electric bike try outs and free cycle checks and repairs.

These events and the campaigning are the result of the efforts of the HarBUG committee and support from members. The committee has been made up of the same few people for several years from three Campus organisations; Diamond, STFC & Ricardo. HarBUG would like to encourage all members to become active in the running of the group and with new organisations moving to the Campus it would be good to get some fresh perspectives and ideas on cycling. With the AGM coming up please consider joining in with the running of the group. All committee posts are up for election at the AGM. If you would like to know more about the committee positions and about the running of HarBUG please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

In particular if you would like to get involved in fund raising and publicity or could help in running the website (we would like to give the website an update and fresh look) please get in touch.

Gradually Government, local authorities and companies are realising the benefits of getting people on cycles. HarBUG needs to be in the forefront to make sure cyclists on the Campus and Science Vale get the best deal.


Kevin Wilkinson

HarBUG Chair.


Didcot Parkway Sustainable Transport Links

HarBUG will be attending a meeting on Friday (23rd September) to discuss better access and links for sustainable transport at Didcot Parkway and Oxford stations.

The meeting is being organised by Great Western Railway and will include bus companies, local authorities as well as other cycling groups. If you have any suggestions on how to improve things for cyclists at Didcot Parkway please email HarBUG or leave a comment in the forum. Similarly if you have had any good or bad experiences with GWR please let HarBUG know.

It doesn’t look like they are not prepared to discuss issues like making mores space on trains for cycles, in fact with the introduction of new electric trains they may be less space and more restrictions. We will raise this point and see what they say. However if you have comments regarding cycle parking, access to platforms, access to the station, information for cyclists, marking on platforms for cycle loading points etc. please let HarBUG know.

If you have any comments on Oxford station please send them through, although we expect Cyclox and other Oxford groups to cover this.

Cycle to Work Day – 14th September 2016

Cycle to Work Day is a national event to encourage everybody to cycle to work on Wednesday (14th September).

HarBUG is not organising any events for the Cycle to Work Day but you can pledge to cycle to work on Wednesday and be in with a chance to win prizes. Also pledging support for the Cycle to Work Day will help the success of the event and bring cycling into the public focus. You can pledge your support here: https://www.cycletoworkday.org/


HarBUG has not organised any events because we already run two Bike to Work Days earlier in the year. Our Bike to Work Days are run to try encourage people to try cycling to work. We believe this is best carried out in the spring when new cyclists are more likely to carry on cycling through the summer with the best weather.

If you feel that HarBUG should be more pro-active in supporting the national Cycle to Work Day, then please raise this as an agenda item for the AGM on the 28th September.