All posts by Guy W

Launch of The Claudia Charter for Safer Cycling in Oxford

Message posted on behalf of Broken Spoke Bike Co-op from Oxford:

This Thursday, Nov 9th, come to the launch of The Claudia Charter for Safer Cycling in Oxford at Tap Social (Curtis Estate, off Botley Road, near Seacourt Park & Ride, Oxford).

Six months ago, our friend Claudia Comberti was killed while riding her bike on Botley Road. Since the collision, we’ve been working together to develop The Claudia Charter, for a safer, friendlier, and more collaborative environment on Oxford’s roads.

We know that Oxford is full of people who walk, ride, and drive on our city’s roads. We also know that a lot of people want to feel safer on their daily journeys. If this includes you then we would love you to join us!

  • Doors will be open from 5.30pm to anyone interested in finding out more about Claudia, the Charter, and what’s next.
  • From 6.45pm there will be a few short speeches. Tap Social will be open until 11pm.

We know that the 9th will be a difficult day for many. You are welcome to simply pop-in on your way home, stay for a pint, or join us for the whole evening.

The Claudia Charter has been collaboratively created by Broken Spoke, Cyclox, two of Oxford’s City Councillors, members of the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute, and friends of Claudia.

For more information and updates see The Claudia Charter Facebook page.

Illegal Use of Winnaway Path

Posted by Guy W on behalf of A Iwi

Dear cyclists,

This morning while walking on the Winnaway, I was passed by a motorcycle on the footpath. Obviously this is illegal, and also unpleasant and potentially dangerous for other users of the path.
This should be addressed while still relatively uncommon, and not allowed to escalate, so please can you report any similar incidents to the police, particularly with any camera footage you may have. I imagine they might not do much on the first report, but hopefully will do if the same registration is reported by multiple people. There is a reporting form at

The incident occurred on the hill, and I couldn’t see from there whether the rider was going to a property on the Winnaway or continuing towards the labs. But even if it was a local resident, the footpath is not a private track. The surface of a public footpath belongs to the council by law, and it was resurfaced at public expense for unmotorised use. It is open to the residents to resurface their private road adjacent to the footpath for more comfortable use by motor vehicles if they so wish.

Thank you,

AGM 2017 Reminder

Don’t forget the HarBUG 2017 AGM will be held this week, as part of our Cycle-to-Work Day, Wednesday 13th September.

AGM will be in Room G59, Diamond House (on the RAL site, beside Restaurant).   Meeting Room signed from the Diamond House entrance.

Please come along, get involved, and help with the running of HarBUG, one of the largest and most successful  Bicycle User Groups in the country.    Feel free to bring your lunch!


Chairman’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Election of Committee
Discussion of Cycling Issues

Guy W

Annual General Meeting 2017

This year’s AGM will be on WEDNESDAY 13th SEPTEMBER at 1230, as part of the Cycle-to-Work Day.

The venue is still being finalised, but is likely to be Diamond House on the RAL site.

The AGM is a great opportunity to have your say on campus cycling matters.   Don’t forget, HarBUG is one of the biggest and most active BUGs in the country.  So please come along, get involved, and help to continue HarBUG’s success!

All committee posts will be up for re-election at the AGM.  In particular, our long-serving Treasurer, Justin, is retiring.  So we do need a new treasurer for next year!

If you’re interested in joining the committee, or if you’d like a particular topic to be discussed, please email us at:

Guy W

Cycle Campaign Event This Saturday – Please join us!

As part of its ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign, Cycling UK is holding a number of rides and events around the country this Saturday 22nd April.

In Oxford, there will be a gathering outside County Hall at 2pm.

Please join us if you can.

Join one of the groups riding in from towns around Oxfordshire (eg Wantage).  Or join at one of Oxford’s Park & Rides.  Or just turn up at County Hall, before 2pm.  You don’t even need to bring your bike!  All the details of rides are here:

The event will give candidates in the forthcoming local elections the chance to show their support for cycling to the assembled cyclists and media.  Further information here:

Guy W


AGM 2016 – Wednesday 28th September

The HarBUG Annual General Meeting will take place on WEDNESDAY 28th SEPTEMBER from 12:30 to 13:30, in the Lounge (top floor) at RIDGEWAY HOUSE.

Ridgeway House is on Fermi Avenue opposite RAL Main Entrance, just behind the Nursery.

Please put the date in your diary and please attend if you can – feel free to bring your lunch with you.

If you have any proposals / issues you would like to discuss please let me know before Friday 23rd September.

All HarBUG committee posts are up for election, so please consider helping to run HarBUG!  The posts up for election are Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, plus general committee members.  If you think you might be interested, let me know by Friday 23rd September.

Notes from last year’s meeting:  HarBUG AGM 2015 Notes

If you have any other questions please contact me.

Guy W