It is no secret that Oxford is a cycling city. However, if you find yourself on Broad Street in the city centre on the 21st of October 2017, you will be in for quite the sight. Hundreds of customised bikes will be taking to the streets in a parade celebrating creativity, community and healthy living through cycling. This is all part of Great British Bike Off, the alternative customised bike festival.
Everybody and anybody is welcome to join in and bring a customised bike or other mobility aid to ride in the parade. The more creative and flashy the decorations are the better! You can use colour schemes, spray paint and whatever else comes to mind. Just make sure that your bike is road legal.
You can even enter online competitions to win prizes on the Great British Bike Off website. There are categories ranging from ‘Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids’ to ‘Previously Customised’ for you to take part in.
This project is incredibly exciting and will bring hundreds of people from all over Oxford together in the city centre. Youth clubs in areas from Blackbird Leys, to Wood Farm, to Wolvercote have already been working on bikes to represent their groups with community artists. They are restoring old, damaged bikes to their former glory, and far beyond.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Ark-T centre in Cowley. This charity uses creativity as a tool for self-empowerment and aims to increase wellbeing and personal resilience for people facing multiple disadvantages.
So roll up your sleeves, roll out your bikes and start creating!
Find out more and enter the event at Greatbritishbikeoff.org