Affordable cycle safety training is desperately needed. The County has seen an increase in the number of accidents involving cyclists—bucking the national trend. We would also like to see improvements to the cycling infrastructure and awareness training for drivers; who in many cases are responsible for the accidents. Sometimes only simple improvements are necessary. For example, the Greens recently succeeded in getting the City Council to agree to re-paint the road markings on the Cowley Road - an accident hotspot for cyclists.
Broken Spoke’s expert on-road cycle training, based on the national Bikeability model, is available to any adult in Oxford at a reduced price of £5 for one session thanks to subsidy from Oxford City Council.
Both nervous cyclists and total beginners can quickly gain confidence and new skills in a friendly one or two-hour session. Depending on your previous experience you will initially learn to control and master your bike in an environment away from traffic and then get out on the roads in real traffic situations in Oxford. On-road cycle training gives you a real cycling experience so that you are able to deal with traffic on short journeys such as cycling to work.
Training is delivered on a one-to-one basis at locations which are convenient for the trainee and is available in one or two-hour sessions on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout early 2014. To book a personal training session please visit http://bsbcoop.org/cycling-courses/.
The Broken Spoke is a new cooperative enterprise that aims to address social inequality, create a healthier environment, and strengthen the culture of cycling in Oxfordshire by teaching people from all backgrounds to become self-sufficient and proficient in bicycle maintenance and riding.