CTC teams with world's sixth best university to help freshers onto two wheels

Oxford University freshers get free cycle training

Last week’s Parliamentary Get Britain Cycling debate saw Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood question the lack of cycle training for students coming to the city and cycling for the first time on unfamiliar roads.

Now the CTC has answered that call by offering its services to the Oxford University Student Union, which snapped up the offer. CTC’s Senior Training Officer Greg Woodford will run the ‘The CTC Commuter Tutor’ course for a group, who will be able to sign up for free at the Fresher’s Fair.

Woodford said: “We will be developing on road cycling skills and learning how to deal with all traffic conditions during the training.”

Dan Tomlinson, vice-president for Charities and Community at the Oxford University Student Union, 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.”

It’s not just Oxford Uni (recently rated the sixth best University in the world) getting in on the action. This autumn CTC will also be providing cycle training to students at Plymouth, Reading and Leeds Universities.

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