Exploring Oxford with OFO

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On a crisp autumnal Saturday, when the leaves are turning golden and russet against the backdrop of buttery sandstone Colleges, Anna and I headed out into Oxford in search of some of the cities finest attractions and awesome independent businesses. To aid our adventure we hired a couple of ofo bikes.

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Anna with our ofo bikes under the famous Bridge of Sighs.

How it works

  • ofo’s eye-catching yellow bikes are hired through a smartphone app for just 50p for 30 minutes and can be picked up and dropped off anywhere that bike parking is allowed. ofo does not require riders to pay a deposit before use.
  • To get access to a bike, all riders have to do is download the ofo app and unlock their nearest bike using ofo’s Bluetooth system. Once their ride is complete, users simply close the lock to complete their ride and make it available for the next person to use.
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We started our day at indie Oxford favourite, Turl Street Kitchen in the heart of the city, to fuel up for our city adventure.

Turl Street kitchen oxford

Set up for our morning ride, we headed out onto historic Broad Street, lined with Oxford University Colleges, museums and the iconic Blackwells shop. Passed the Sheldonion and Clarendon building, we headed for Radcliffe Square, home of the Radcliffe Camera, opened in 1749, and funded from the estate of John Radcliffe. The Camera is an Oxford landmark and a must see for visitors to the city.

Radcliffe Camera Oxford

From this cultural hub, we took our bikes for a ride passed the neo-Gothic Oxford Museum of Natural History, along the edge of University Parks and up to North Parade for their bimonthly market.

North Parade Oxford

There is a gorgeous selection of indies at the market selling produce, and locally made crafts, as well as food trucks and even a live jazz band. You can check out Rose’s blog here about North Parade Market.

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Miller and Jeeves Oxford

Stopping off just round the corner, we parked up our bikes to check out the awesome autumn displays at Fabulous Flowers & Gees, wonderful independents nestled together along Banbury Road.

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Making our way back passed parks and colleges basking in the golden autumn light, we peddled on to Holywell Street a must see for visitors to the city. It’s a quiet road in the heart of town, flanked with gorgeous pastel houses, a perfect instagram back drop!

If you’re headed there around lunch time, or early evening on Thursday to Saturday, check out Edamame. It’s the tiniest restaurant so you might have to share a table, but their home style Japanese food is totally delicious, and worth the wait in the queue.

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holywell street oxford

We had such a great time on our ofo bikes. They are so easy and comfy to ride, and are perfect for exploring the city. Whether you’re visiting, and want to explore different areas of Oxford, or, live here and want an affordable, low carbon and convenient way to get around, ofo really does offer a great way to travel in our city.

ofo are a living wage employer seeking to improve the urban transport environment by reducing congestion and emissions by working in collaboration with communities, businesses and local authorities.

Oxford City councillor Louise Upton added:

“Oxford is a leading cycling city and bike sharing when implemented well can get more people cycling, improving health and reducing the problems of congestion and air pollution. We have been in conversation with ofo for some time now and are encouraged by the way they have approached Oxford, as they have engaged with the Councils and the cycling community and are working with local bike shops to maintain their bikes, as well as being a living wage employer. We look forward to seeing how this new form of bike sharing develops in Oxford.”

In June, ofo released its ‘UK Charter’, outlining its on-going commitment to service management, responsible growth, and improving the UK’s transport infrastructure. The charter details safety specifications, community principles, responsible business practices and general service guidance. They actively listening to voices from the local community and constantly responding to their concerns and needs. ofo is also the first station-free bike sharing service to join the Bikeplus accreditation scheme. Bikeplus’ accreditation provides assurance to local authorities on an agreed set of standards expected by operators when providing services.

This is a large business that listens to the communities it works with. It makes travelling the length and breadth of the city far easier, so exploring our indie community  from OX1 to OX4 is a piece of cake!

Take one for a spin this weekend and let us know how you got on, where you explored and which indies you visited along the way!

Love, Rosie

xxx

This post is a sponsored collaboration with ofo. All views are my own.

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