Oxford is a great place to walk and cycle, being fairly small for a city. East Oxford is largely flat and if you're going somewhere uphill, (e.g. Headington, Rose Hill, Cowley, Cumnor) it's downhill on the way home! Walking and cycling to your destination means that you can reliably gauge your arrival time, get some exercise and not damage the environment, and it can even be quicker than going by car.
There is an oft repeated mantra that cycling is not safe. This is not true. Indeed, there are occasional serious accidents and fatalities, but these are avoidable if you ride sensibly and don’t take risks, for example by avoiding waiting next to an HGV in the driver’s blind spot area. Drivers don’t want to injure or kill people riding bicycles, to state the obvious!
East Oxford’s narrow streets are perfectly safe, as motorists expect to give way to people on bikes and this would be further improved if the long-awaited Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are implemented.
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