If your bike is stolen
Report the theft to the police, and your insurance company, if the bike is insured or covered by your household insurance - you will normally need to report the theft to the police first.
Instant expert: All about keeping your bike safe, from Thames Valley Police
Public transport includes trains, buses and coaches. Oxfordshire has good transport connections, with overnight services available on the most popular routes. There are discounts for some young people on some routes and services. You may need to buy tickets in advance, provide proof of age or buy a travel card.
Crucial: If you have a permanent disability, or a disability that is expected to last at least 12 months, then you may be able to apply for a Disabled Person's Bus Pass. Check eligibility and find out how to apply on the Oxfordshire County Council website.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired, Journey Assistance Cards are available from Stagecoach or Oxford Bus Company.
How to plan a route on Public Transport anywhere in Oxfordshire:
- Go to Traveline South East.
- Enter where you are starting from (usually your home post code) and where you want to go.
- Click on Submit (the green button) and you will be given a choice of different routes.
Although buses can be noisy places (especially at busy times) they are usually very safe. They have CCTV and the drivers are all trained to deal with emergencies and problems. They also keep in touch by radio, so can easily report problems to their company or the police.
Crucial: Younger travellers can often get discounts from their local bus company, for example the Get Around card allows under 18s to only pay a £1 flat fare (single) on any Oxford Bus Company or Thames Travel service within the cityzone.
Trains are a popular choice for longer journeys and commuting. There are good train links to some parts of Oxfordshire, and it is a popular way to travel to Didcot, Banbury, Bicester and of course Oxford.
How to plan a journey by train:
- Go to National Rail Enquiries.
- Enter your journey details.
- Click on Go.
If travelling alone, in the dark, or at night, you may feel safer near the driver or with other people.
Crucial: Always know when your last train or bus leaves, and have a plan ready (for example: money for a taxi, or someone you can call for a lift) in case there are delays.
Taxis and minicabs
Taxis can be hailed in the street, or from a Taxi stand. They are often called black cabs, but may be different colours.
Minicabs need to be pre-booked. You must book them by phone or using an app.
All taxis and minicabs in Oxfordshire must be registered and licensed with your District Authority. Licensed taxis have plates, a fare meter, and the driver should also display their ID and License in a place visible to passengers.
Crucial: Never accept a ride or lift from a taxi if it does not have Taxi plates.
All taxi and minicab drivers have to pass an extra driving tests and receive information about safeguarding their passengers before they are licensed. If you have a problem with a taxi driver, you can complain to the Police or District Authority.
You can find lists of local Taxi firms and locations of taxi ranks on your District Council website.
Crucial: If you have mobility problems or are disabled, you may be able to get transport from Dial-a-ride.
Getting a lift
For many young people, getting a lift with family, friends, or parents is the most practical way to get around. A lift from someone you trust may also be the best option if you're travelling late or early, over long distances, or to remote locations.
Do it right:
- Only get a lift with someone you know and trust.
- Never get a lift with someone who's been drinking.
- Never get a lift with someone you don't know
If you are 18+ you can lift share with drivers around Oxfordshire to save on petrol. For more information visit Oxfordshire Lift Sharing.
Learning to drive
When you are sixteen you can learn to drive a moped, and when you are seventeen you can learn to drive a car. Your can apply for your licence three months before your sixteenth or seventeenth birthday. To get your first provisional driving licence online for a car, motorcycle or moped you need to:
- Go to www.gov.uk/apply-first-provisional-driving-licence
- Fill in the online form
- Pay the fee
Your license will usually arrive within a week. You then need to learn to drive, and pass your driving test.
Crucial: Want to get started on learning to drive right away? Companies like Young Driver offer experiences and lessons to people as young as eleven.
Take Action: All Oxfordshire Library Members aged 16+ can access free Driving Theory Practice via Theory Test Pro
Driving with a disability
Many people with disabilities find driving can help their mobility. If you have a disability, and are old enough to drive, the Regional Driving Assessment Centre based in Oxford can help. It provides specialist driving instructors, and occupational therapists to assess capability. Contact them to find out more.
Independent travel for people with SEN
The Frank Wise school has produced a video all about independent travel for people with SEN on buses, trains, and in taxis. You can watch the full version here, or the shorter version here.