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Potholes

If you have been back cycling this year then you will have noticed that there are a lot of potholes around on the roads.

Potholes are particularly dangerous for cyclists so please take the time to report potholes to the County Council and get them repaired.

Oxfordshire use FixMyStreet to report potholes and other road issues. You can enter details here: Oxfordshire Potholes

Alternatively you can download the FixMyStreet app from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android. Using a smartphone is convenient as you can send the details directly from the pothole.

 

Backhill Tunnel Now Open

The Backhill Tunnel inbetween Milton Park and Milton Gate (on the  A4130 at the start of the Milton Interchange from Didcot) is now open for cyclists.

HarBUG has been keen to see this link open as it is a key for future cycle routes to the Campus from Abingdon avoiding the Milton Interchange. The next stage will see a dedicated crossing on the A4130 due in spring next year.

As Didcot expands there will be a cycle path from the new crossing to an unused bridge across the A34 to Cow Lane / Townsend in Harwell Village and onto the Winnaway. Another cycle path will lead to a new cycle / pedestrian bridge across the A34 to Milton Heights.

The tunnel was saved from permanent closure because a waste pipe (now redundant) from the Harwell Campus Magnox site to the Thames ran through it. The route of the pipe through Milton Park has not been built on either and plans are being investigated to see if this land could be converted to a cycle path and link onto Abingdon.

On-line Cycling Survey: Highway Incidents affecting Cyclists – September 2015 to August 2017

Cyclox, the Oxford cycle campaigning group, have been having some meetings with the County Council Roadworks Team to see if road works/road maintenance around the County can be improved. The Roadworks Team have devised a questionnaire to help understand the issues faced by cyclists on the road.

The aim of the questionnaire is to provide a clearer picture to the council of the problems experienced by cylists on the county’s roads and cycleways, particularly with regard to how surface condition may have contributed to spills or other issues (eg potholes, slippery road, etc)

We know this type of problem is under-reported, so by better understanding the nature, frequency and location of these incidents, the council’s can more pro-actively target defect repairs and also larger scale resurfacing works to specific places or routes.

The survey is very straight-forward  and quick, and may be completed anonymously. It is available on the Oxfordshire County Council website via this link:     https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/highway_incidents_cyclists/

Please note

Please only log incidents that occurred between September 2015 and August 2017. 

The closing date for completing the questionnaire is October 22, 2017

This questionnaire is a trial run, so is not public, and is only open to members of clubs/organisations.

The questionnaire is only accessible via the above link, and cannot be found on the County Council’s website. 

The results of the survey should be made available within one month of this date and will be discussed in follow-up meetings between user groups and the council highways department. 

Please do not use the questionnaire to report current defects. These can be reported via:    https://fixmystreet.oxfordshire.gov.uk/

The Winnaway and Strava Segments

HarBUG has flagged the Strava segments that use the downhill, narrow path, part of the Winnaway as hazardous. This means that cyclists can no longer record Goals and Achievements on these segments.

HarBUG is trying to get the Winnaway re-designated as a Bridleway from a foothpath. Using the path for recording fast decents could undermine our case for change.

Apologies if you have been recording your time whilst using the path responsibly but we have had a complaint, from a Winnaway resident,  about cyclists not slowing down to pass pedestrians on the downhill section.

The segments that go uphill have been left and we have not changed any running segments.

If you have no idea what Strava Segments are you can find out here:  What are segments?

 

Cycle to Work Day – This Wednesday

Don’t forget, HarBUG is celebrating National Cycle to Work Day this Wednesday 13th September with a Campus Cycle to Work Day event.

The weather forecast for Wednesday morning is dry and fine but Tuesday evening is wet and windy, so don’t let this put you off.

It is great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus or to try cycling to work by joining one of our escorted rides in to the Campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Harwell Campus, for any Campus staff who cycle to work on the Cycle to Work Day. Vegetarian option available. Breakfast will be served at the Harwell Pavilion, Thomson Entrance between 07:30 to 09:00.

Pledge now to cycle to work and be in with a chance of winning prizes including bikes and holidays. Pledge here: cycletoworkday.org

There will be free Science Vale cycle maps and other information available.

If you have never cycled to work before or are getting back in the saddle then join one of our easy paced escorted rides to the Campus, suitable for all fitness levels. Just turn up before the departure time detailed below:

  • Didcot Parkway, Brompton hire lockers – Depart 07:50
  • Wantage, Nelson Pub – Depart 07:45
  • Grove, Millbrook Square – Depart 07:30

Notes:

  • If you are joining the escorted rides, please ensure your cycle is road worthy.
  • Cycle helmets are not mandatory on escorted rides but are recommended.
  • Ride leaders for the escorted rides will be wearing HarBUG fluorescent jackets.
  • We cannot connect the Didcot ride with trains from Oxford and Reading due to restrictions carrying cycles on some trains and timetable changes.
  • Free breakfasts will be available whilst stocks last.
  • Please contact chair@harbug.org.uk if you have any questions.

Also don’t forget the HarBUG AGM on the same day in Diamond House G59 at 12:30.

Cycling to Work is ‘Staggeringly’ Good For You

We all know cycling to work is the best way to get to and from work and it’s probably doing you some good. However a recent major study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggests that the health benefits are staggering, slashing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

You can read an article here at The Conversation website and you the original research is here at the BMJ website.

Celebrate taking the healthy and fun commuting choice by joining in the Campus, and National, Cycle to Work Day next Wednesday (13th september) and encourage colleagues to try cycling to work.Don’t forget to pledge your ride at cycletowork.org with a chance to win prizes.

We also still need ride leaders for the escorted rides from Didcot, Wantage and Grove. Please if you can help out or would like to know more information about what being a ride leader entails contact harbug at web@harbug.org.uk. Thanks.

National Cycle to Work Day – Wednesday 13th September

HarBUG is celebrating National Cycle to Work Day by running a Campus Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 13th September.

It is great event to meet other cyclists who commute to the campus or to try cycling to work by joining one of our escorted rides in to the Campus.

There will be a free breakfast for cyclists, sponsored by Harwell Campus, for any Campus staff who cycle to work on the Cycle to Work Day. Vegetarian option available. Breakfast will be served at the Harwell Pavilion, Thomson Entrance between 07:30 to 09:00.

Pledge now to cycle to work and be in with a chance of winning prizes including bikes and holidays. Pledge here: cycletoworkday.org

There will be free Science Vale cycle maps and other information available.

If you have never cycled to work before or are getting back in the saddle then join one of our easy paced escorted rides to the Campus, suitable for all fitness levels. Just turn up before the departure time detailed below:

  • Didcot Parkway, Brompton hire lockers – Depart 07:50
  • Wantage, Nelson Pub – Depart 07:45
  • Grove, Millbrook Square – Depart 07:30

Please download the poster for the event and display it on your organisation’s notice board: Cycle to Work Poster 2017

Please download the word document and publish on your organisation’s intranet / newsletter / email: Cycle to Work Text

Notes:

  • If you are joining the escorted rides, please ensure your cycle is road worthy.
  • Cycle helmets are not mandatory on escorted rides but are recommended.
  • Ride leaders for the escorted rides will be wearing HarBUG fluorescent jackets.
  • We cannot connect the Didcot ride with trains from Oxford and Reading due to restrictions carrying cycles on some trains and timetable changes.
  • Free breakfasts will be available whilst stocks last.
  • Please contact chair@harbug.org.uk if you have any questions.

We are looking for ride leaders for the escorted rides from Didcot, Wantage and Grove. If you could help HarBUG out by leading a ride please contact chair@harbug.org.uk

Also don’t forget the HarBUG AGM on the same day, more details soon.

 

 

Cycle to Work Day And Annual General Meeting

Book your diaries for National Cycle to Work Day on Wednesday 13th September.

HarBUG will be hosting a free Cycle to Work breakfast, sponsored by Harwell Campus. Breakfasts will served at the Harwell Pavilion, Thomson Avenue, from 07:30 to 09:00. We will also be running group rides to the Campus from Didcot, Wantage, Grove and Abingdon.

At lunchtime we will be holding our annual general meeting.

There will be more details later for both events.

For the AGM all the commitee posts will be up for re-election. If you would like to get involved with helping HarBUG, one of the biggest and most active BUGs in the country, to continue with its success please email us at: secretary@harbug.org.uk. Our long term Treasurer, Justin, is retiring so we have to have a new treasurer for next year.

Also, for the group rides from the towns we need ride leaders. If you would like to help by being a ride leader or know more about being a ride leader please email us at: secretary@harbug.org.uk

Science Vale Cycling Update – Wantage, Didcot & A34

Hello,

Wantage New Cycle Route. Several years ago HarBUG proposed a new cycle route to Wantage connecting the villages along the A417; the Hendreds and Ardington. This project has funding but has been stalled for a couple of years. The County Council are currently in discussions with landowners, these discussions are sensitive so we don’t know any details about where the final route will run. As soon as we have information we can pass on we will but the project is ongoing.

Didcot Garden Town. The delivery plan for Didcot Garden Town is open for consultation until 31st July. It mentions cycling in quite a few places. It is a large document but the main places for cycling are contained in:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Cycling featured as on the Early Priority Projects (p62)
  3. The main section on ‘Transport’ (p97) including cycling on many pages but particularly p118-119

HarBUG will be putting in a response but please also support cycling in the Garden Town with an individual responses. The report and appendices can be downloaded from: Didcot Garden Town

A34 Link. Last year HarBUG and the Oxfordshire Cycling Network put in a bid to the Highways Agency to get a path built alongside the A34 linking the Chilton Junction with the Ridgeway Junction. Our bid was supported by Oxfordshire County Council and West Berkshire Council. We have had no updates on the bid as yet.