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Cycling is good for businesses in the city says campaign group Cyclox

Cycling is good for businesses in the city says campaign group Cyclox

Andy Chivers, a member of cycling campaign group Cyclox, looks at way in which bikes can be good for business in Oxford , and urges…

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Andy Chivers, a member of cycling campaign group Cyclox, looks at way in which bikes can be good for business in Oxford , and urges drivers to think about alternatives to using a car.

We hear a lot about how closing roads to private motor vehicles will be bad for business.

The assumption is that nearly every form of work depends on vans or lorries to move people and equipment around, and that cars are the only form of personal mobility.

But just look around Oxford and it is clear that cargo bikes are now providing an alternative form of carriage. Oxford Mail: I was lucky enough to work as a GP in Oxford and able to do my visits on a bike. I carried all the equipment I needed in panniers.

And I was not alone – perhaps half the GPs working in central Oxford found they could get to patients more quickly by bike than by car, and without the hassle of finding a parking place when they got there.

Journey times by bike are remarkably predictable which makes planning your day easier and you can use nice routes such as the canal towpath.

Clearly this is not for all professions and trades, but the opportunities are perhaps more than we assume.District nurses and midwives used to be seen on bikes until the 60s, and window cleaners performed the impossible by cycling with a ladder on their shoulder. Posties were a familiar sight on bicycles.The climate crisis and congestion are changing attitudes […]

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