During last week’s well-attended cycling debate in Parliament, Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood questioned the lack of cycle training for students coming to the city and cycling for the first time on unfamiliar roads.
After campaigning with other cycling organisations for the debate, and the recent ‘Cycling Revolution’ cash announced by David Cameron, CTC the national cycling charity, has offered to help.
The university’s Student Union has welcomed the move and CTC Senior Training Officer Greg Woodford will run the ‘The CTC Commuter Tutor’ course for free to students who sign up at the Fresher’s Fair. Greg said: “We will be developing on road cycling skills and learning how to deal with all traffic conditions during the training.”
The Vice-President for Charities and Community at the Oxford University Student Union, Dan Tomlinson, said: “Oxford is definitely a cycling city and we want our students to enjoy cycling safely during their time here. We have a good cycling focus at the Fresher’s Fair this year and are also helping students make sure their bikes are safe with a discounted bike lock scheme.”
This autumn, CTC will also be providing cycle training to students at Plymouth, Reading and Leeds universities.