Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) have recently made changes to improve cycling and walking in Bicester and Witney. These include improved infrastructure (walking and cycling routes) and projects to help encourage people to try walking and cycling (e.g. bike loans, guided walks). Researchers from the University of Bristol will be conducting some research into this throughout 2022.
The study will look at how two groups of people might be encouraged to walk or cycle more instead of using the car. These groups are
a) people who commute to work
b) older adults between 65 and 75 years.
The research study will collect data throughout 2022 by conducting group discussions and individual interviews with residents of Witney and Bicester.
We are looking for up to six members of the public to work with the research team to advise on how the research is conducted.
Who can get involved?
- Are interested in research
- Live in Bicester or Witney
- Either a) commute to work at least three days a week OR b) are aged between 65-75 years
What is required?
The role of lay panel members is to use their local knowledge and expertise to help design research tools, including recruitment notices, information sheets, and questions the research team will ask during the study.
These materials will be drafted by the research team for lay panel members to comment on. They will be sent these materials by post or email, and invited to comment and advise on how they can be improved during two online meetings in January/February 2022.
You don’t have to be an expert on research. You will have local knowledge of Witney and Bicester, and what it is like to live there, that will help ensure the research tools are accessible and relevant.
The online meetings will last around one hour and may take place during the day, or early evening depending on lay panel members’ preference.
The work will take around 3-4 hours in total in January/early February 2022. There will also be an opportunity for some lay panel members to remain involved with the Study Management Group throughout 2022 (though this is optional).
What reward is offered for taking part?
Lay panel members will have the opportunity to shape the research that takes place in their communities.
The University of Bristol will offer payment of £25 per hour. Payment can be by vouchers for those in receipt of state benefits (For those in receipt of state benefit confidential advice is available via the Benefits Advice Service for Involvement)
What do I do if I want to be involved?
You can find out more, or register your interest in taking part, by contacting Tricia Jessiman, the lead researcher for the study. Email Tricia.Jessiman@bristol.ac.uk