Many of my regular readers will know that I used to live in Oxford. We lived there for 3 years in total, it’s where we rented our first marital home and raised our baby boy for the first year of his life – it’s safe to say it holds a special place in our hearts.
It goes without saying that Oxford and surrounding areas are stunning, steeped in history, culture, and beautiful architecture. However, I’m sure most of you will agree that you miss so much of where you live because you are busying yourself with everyday life. I can’t believe how much of the city we had missed while we had lived there, it’s quite sad really because it was all on our doorstep.
Ofo, a station-free bike sharing company invited me to take in the sights of Oxford while using one of their bikes. Like Cambridge, Oxford is synonymous with cycling; it’s like the butter to its bread. If I remember correctly, the Christmas decorations down one of the main streets in town feature bicycles. The bike sharing service is very clever because like most things these days is controlled by an app on your phone. Once you’ve located a bright yellow Ofo bike using the interactive map on the app you unlock the bike by scanning its QR code. Each of your journeys is chargeable and when you’ve finished you simply dock the bike in a safe place where bike-parking is allowed, so the next user can find it.
It felt good to swap my own 2 feet for a bike. I haven’t used a road bike since before I found out I was pregnant so it was nice to whizz round the streets on one again. I was sure to check out the university buildings, particularly the Bridge of Sighs, the Radcliffe Camera, Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian Library before heading off to find some lunch.
Ah, Oxford you really are beautiful, it always feels like home when I visit. At least I know that it’s not too far up the motorway and I can pop back for fun day trips to visit friends and enjoy all it has to offer on foot or by bike.
*This post was commissioned by Ofo, but all opinions are my own.