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Study area: OxfordAge: 80sLocation: SuburbCycling history: DiminishedBike: E-bike Themes: Fitness, Mobility, Sociability, Topography, Exercise Michael had retired in 1998 and had lived with his wife in a bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac in East Oxford since 1988. Growing up in Ireland he had cycled very extensively with his friends, eventually selling his bike to cover his travel to a job in Southampton aged 19. He then moved to a series of workplaces around the UK, ending up in Oxford in 1955. Here he cycled to work at the Morris Motors Car Factory where he was a construction worker. Following this...

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Study area: OxfordAge: 60sLocation: VillageCycling history: Long breakBike: E-bike Themes: Exercise, Image, Enjoyment, Weather, Traffic, Infrastructure, Cost Jon retired in 2008 and moved to Forest Hill, a small village to the East of Oxford, in 2013 where he was rebuilding a cottage which he shared with his partner. He had cycled extensively when growing up and had been given a Raleigh bike for passing his 11+ which he used to go to school and also to roam with his brother and friends. Jon continued to cycle to school until it became ‘uncool’ and he graduated to bus, moped and then...

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Study area: OxfordAge: 60sLocation: SuburbCycling history: DiminishedBike: E-bike Themes: Fitness, Weight, Weather, Training, Safety, Mobility Deborah lived on her own in a sheltered accommodation flat in south east Oxford. She had lived in the city since 1987 when she arrived as a refugee from Uganda. After retiring from her academic career she continued to work voluntarily for a charity implementing community development projects in Eastern Uganda. Deborah learned to ride a bike as a teenager in rural Africa but after moving to Kampala she no longer had access to a bike and used taxis for getting around the city. Deborah...

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Study area: OxfordAge: 60sLocation: SuburbCycling history: DiminishedBike: E-bike Themes: Fitness, Weight, Training, Traffic, Topography, Safety, Weather, Mobility Val was a retired nurse living in Cumnor, on the western outskirts of Oxford with her husband. They had moved there four years ago and were in the process of renovating properties to enable their two sons and their families to live with them. Growing up in SW London, Val used her bike to ‘go everywhere’, cycling to secondary school daily. But as a teenager she stopped cycling as it was no longer seen as ‘cool’. She didn’t use a bike during her...

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Study area: ReadingAge: 50sLocation: SuburbCycling history: Long breakBike: E-bike Themes: Exercise, Fitness, Mobility, Enjoyment, Traffic, Infrastructure Dave lived in a quiet cul-de-sac in Reading with his wife and eldest son. He was recovering from a second heart attack twelve months previously and suffered from fatigue. He had cycled all his life until he became unwell in 2002 and was keen to see if cycling could improve his stamina and fitness. He was currently walking daily and volunteered at a cardio gym but did not own a bike. Growing up, Dave’s parents didn’t have a car and so they travelled by...

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