Put the morning of Saturday 14 September in your diary now for the third Great Charlbury Children’s Bike Rally round Charlbury’s five churches.
The rally will start at 11.30

Last year’s rally was enjoyed by some 40 children (and panting parents) despite the weather. This year it will again be organised jointly by the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust and the Windrush Bike Project but will also be raising money for Charlbury School and OHCT.

Balance bikes and scooters will be eligible for the youngest category. Like last year the routes will start at St Mary’s churchyard gate and end at the Windrush Bike Project tent on the Playing Close where all children who complete their route will receive certificates and prizes. Over 8s will have a longer course via Park Street, 5-Ways and Hixet Wood.

Parents must sign their children in at St Mary’s from 10.00 and must accompany their children (on a bike or on foot). All children must wear helmets.

Charlbury School Association is the parent-led fundraising body of Charlbury Primary School. It is currently raising funds to renew the school playground.

See the CSA Facebook page.

The Windrush Bike Project is a social enterprise which promotes cycling for short journeys in West Oxfordshire. As well as cycle training and campaigning, the project runs a community workshop where volunteers recycle old bikes either to give away to people who need them or for sale. If you would like to donate the old bike from your shed, please drop it off at the WBP tent at the Farmers’ Market where children can also try the Bubble Bike.

See the Windrush Bike Project website.

  • Ground Rules

    Ground Rules

    Parents may decide not to accompany their children round the course but they are responsible for them before, during and after the rally and must ensure that they do not endanger themselves or others. They should read the more detailed instructions in the Risk Assessment.

    The children will be divided into accompanied groups that will set off at intervals.  The organisers are not responsible for your child’s safety.

    Please make sure that your child understands that this is not a race and that the roads have not been closed for this event. All children must wear helmets.

    Children should pay particular care at junctions. (“Stop. Look. Listen”). Marshals are at the junctions in order to direct them in the correct direction, not to tell them when it is safe to go. Please make sure your child understands this.

    Each child must get his or her card initialled at:

    1. The Friends Meeting House, Market St
    2. The Baptist Church, Dyer’s Hill
    3. St Mary’s via Church Lane
    4. St Teresa’s (RC) Church, Sheep St/Fisher’s Lane
    5. The Methodist Church, Fisher’s Lane

    before claiming his or her prize and certificate at

    1. The Windrush Bike Project tent on the Playing Close

    Between stops 3 and 4 children aged 8 and above will be cycling via Park Street, 5-Ways and Hixet Wood. Younger children will be going via Church Street and Sheep Street.

    Before the start all children must be signed in by a parent or responsible adult who has read and accepts these rules.

  • Risk Assessment and Instructions

    Risk Assessment and Instructions 

    The route is through the streets of Charlbury on a busy day with increased volumes of cars and pedestrians because of the Farmers’ Market. The surface on the roads is not great and there are potholes especially on Church Lane.  These are residential streets and there are many parked cars.

    Riders will start in small groups accompanied by an adult. These groups may break down but should help initially to instil good practice.

    There will be stewards at the junctions and warning signs for cars, but parents are responsible for their children’s safety.

    This is not a race and reckless riders may be disqualified.

    Start at St Mary’s churchyard gate

    From the start point you will be crossing over the pavement and there may be pedestrians you need to give way to.  Look left and right before turning left onto Church Street.

    Church Street

    Is uphill and buses may be coming down, the bus stop is on the right of the road. At the junction, beside the Rose and Crown, turn left into Market Street. STOP, LOOK, LISTEN. Take care and look left, right and ahead as it is a crossroads. You may need to give way.

    Market Street

    Turn left into Market Street, a one way street.   The road surface is a bit potholey and there will be parked cars.  There are shops along here and you may have to watch out for pedestrians crossing. Your stop at the Quaker Meeting House is about half way along and on the right behind a narrow gate. Leave your bike outside against the wall while you get your card signed. After your stop carry on along the street turning left into Dyers Hill.

    Dyers Hill

    Watch out for cars coming from Thames Street opposite and turning down Dyers Hill. They have right of way and this can be a particularly busy and awkward crossroad with poor sight lines for cyclists. Please be extra vigilant here.  You need to stop at the Baptist Church on the other side of Dyers Hill for the next signature on your card. It is probably best to dismount at the end of Market Street and walk across to the Baptists. Afterwards ride down the hill for 50 yards and turn left into Church Lane back towards St Marys Church.

    Church Lane

    Here there will definitely be lots of parked cars, and the road is very narrow and the road surface is poor.  Watch out for other cyclists and pedestrians at the back gate into churchyard. Take it in turns.  Cycle through and back up to St Mary’s Church Porch for your next signature.

    Church Street (second time)

    Then back up through the front gate and back up Church Street. This time turn right into Sheep Street. Again take care here  You may need to give way at junction to traffic coming down Brown’s Lane and continuing down Church Street..

    Sheep Street

    This is one way. There will be lots of parked cars and poor road surface.  Halfway along you start to go sharply downhill.  Your next stop is St Teresa’s Church. The entrance is on your left before the turn left into Fishers Lane.

    Fishers Lane

    Leave the catholic church and turn left in to Fisher’s Lane. Be prepared to give way to vehicles or cycllists coming from your right at this junction. Slightly uphill and one way.  There are a lot of parked cars.  You need to stop before junction to get another signature at the Methodist Church before carrying on to the junction.  Be prepared to give way and watch out for potholes.

    Pooles Lane

    Uphill, parked cars and one way. Cycle along to finish at the Windrush Bike Project gazebo on Playing Close to collect  your prize and certificate.