Welcome to Beautiful Bicester
Celebrating Our Community
Re-opening the High Street Safely
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Re-Imagining Bicester
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Bicester in Bloom
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The Women's Cycling Tour

WT 2020 Col RGBOxfordshire will host the Grand Départ of the event for the first time in Women’s Tour history on Monday 4 October when Bicester and Banbury welcome nearly 100 of the world’s best riders for the start of the prestigious race.

The Women’s Tour will begin in the Bicester’s Market Square, which comprises part of its historic town trail, before riders eventually head north to finish in the market town of Banbury, which lies on the River Cherwell.

2021 marks the second year that Oxfordshire will host the Women’s Tour. Race organisers SweetSpot are working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and local district councils to deliver the event as part of a three-year commitment which began in 2019.

 

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Bicester in bloom

Bicester in Bloom

Do you want to get involved?

Britain in Bloom groups have regularly reported benefits for the wider community:

  • Increasing visitor numbers and building a stronger local economy
  • Creating a stronger sense of pride of place and contributing to reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Delvering cleaner and greener place to shop, work and play for residents and vistors alike, and establishing a greater awareness of our environment
  • Building new partnerships between local authorities, businesses and community groups
  • Attracting greater funding opportunities to support specific activities
  • Attracting larger volunteer numbers and enabling groups to have a big impact across town

What is the format of the competition?

There are 16 regional and national Britain in Bloom competitions around the UK. When we have signed up, we'll join the competition as a town.

If we do well in your regional or national competition, we would be nominated to take part in the UK Finals, which are organised by the RHS. The Finals involve the highest achieving communities across the UK.

Community groups are active in their neighbourhood all year-round. The finalists are announced in late January each year, before being visited in the summer by RHS Bloom judges who assess their level of achievement. The winners are announced at a national ceremony in October.

Groups who have made an impact for people or the environment in their community can also be nominated for a Discretionary Award.

So, how do we take part?

Bicester is not currently registered but there are a few gardening groups in the area that may well wish to get together to establish a Bicester group .

 

Can we restore a sense of pride in our Town and Town Centre  with this scheme?

Yes, we believe we can achieve all of the following: 

Community Gardening Impressive Retailers Volunteer army of helpers Inspiring individuals Cultivating Knowledge
  • Refreshing planting schemes
  • Encourage neighbourhood co-operation
  • Reduce isolation 
  • Shop front decoration and horticultural displays
  • Top notch high street
  • Mending and painting
  • Cleaning & Tidying
  • Planting and dead heading
  • Watering and weeding
  • Residents of all ages and abilities to get involved
  • Creating beneficial schemes that are inclusive for all
  • Learning about growing and how rewarding it can be
  • Helping others to realise their potential
  • Understanding of the natural world

 


Interested in getting involved?

We would really like to understand from you if and how you would like to get involved with Bicester in Bloom. Please register your interest by completing this form for us and we will be in touch soon to take thisngs further.

Many thanks,

Beautiful Bicester Team














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Active Travel

Rapidly growing Bicester is to benefit from active travel investment backed by funding from the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) with a focus on increasing cycle journeys. The Bicester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) sets out an ambitious target of doubling sustainable transport, at a minimum, from around 15,000 to 30,000 trips a day within the town.

This equates to a daily increase from around 3,000 to 9,000 bike trips a day and 18,000 to 24,000 walking trips a day. It is based on the development and delivery of a comprehensive network of cycle routes across the town by 2031, in tandem with development allocated within the local plan. A detailed household survey showed that in Bicester, 50 per cent of local car trips were easily replaced by cycling and 25 per cent of car trips by walking.

This proposed scheme incorporates the eastern end of Middleton Stoney Road. This corridor scheme will capture flows from the expanding south and west of Bicester and provide connectivity into the town centre through the central corridor (Oxford Road/Kings End) and Causeway. The scheme will be complemented by off-road pedestrian and cycle facilities and reduced traffic speeds, creating a safe and attractive environment for those who might have previously driven or taken the bus into town.

Links 

News from Oxfordshire County Council

The Bicester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP)

Meanwhile in Oxfordshire

The ‘Meanwhile in Oxfordshire…’ project will enable funding of low cost refurbishment work, for around 100 vacant units across the County of Oxfordshire, including market towns like Bicester, into a useable state, to allow for the activation of vacant or underused space and the wider animation of the high street and economic centres.

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