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Oxford cycle business targets rail commuters with while-you-work servicing

Bainton Bikes operating from Oxford railway station on Mondays with plans to offer seven-day-a-week service

An Oxford-based bicycle business has set up shop at the city’s railway station to enable commuters to have their bikes serviced or repaired while they are away at work. Bainton Bikes, operating from a gazebo at the First Great Western-operated station, is also renting bikes from the facility to visitors to the university city.

Kevin Moreland of Bainton Bikes told the Oxford Mail: “We were talking to First Great Western about putting hire bikes at the station and they said they wanted a repair service as well.”

Having visited Cambridge to see a business there called Station Cycles, Mr Moreland believed that a similar, train station-based initiative could work in Oxford. “We know people in Oxford want longer opening hours,” he explained. “The feedback we have had is that they just don’t get the chance to get to a bike shop.”

To begin with the facility is open each Monday from 6.30m to 7.30pm, although it is planned that within the coming months it will start operating on a daily basis.

“It has also allowed us to offer hire and cycle tours to visitors and we are planning to open seven days a week from March or April, depending on how things go,” said Mr Moreland, who also runs Walton Street Cycles in the city’s Jericho area.

Andy Saunders, integrated transport manager at First Great Western, said: “Oxford is one of our most popular stations for commuting cyclists and I’m delighted to partner Walton Street Cycles and Bainton Bikes to offer this innovative service.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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mad_scot_rider | 12 years ago

... operating from a gazebo at the First Great Western-operated station ...

Am I missing something or does that not sound like an all-weather solution?

a.jumper | 12 years ago

There's often a bike shop caravan by the NCN (side) exit from Bristol Temple Meads, too, which is another First Great Western station.

However, FGW there treats cyclists as an annoyance that they're required to accommodate: overcrowded parking (which were approaching the levels of the notorious Cambridge station until a recent expansion on platform 3), two-bikes-per-train, no reservations allowed, no CCTV on the bike parking at most suburban stations and so on.

Is Oxford station nicer to cycle through?

cornelim | 12 years ago


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