Last week’s relentless cold snap froze any idea of Oxford’s annual spring clean going ahead.
This year’s OxClean was unsurprisingly cancelled at the weekend as snow and ice blanketed vast areas of the city.
Spring begins on March 20 this year but the army of OxClean volunteers are regularly out on the streets ahead of that time of year without weather problems.
The 70-odd groups from communities across the city will head out this weekend instead.
Supporting OxClean for the first time is ofo, one of three dockless bike companies to launch in Oxford last year.
The firm, which has 450 bright yellow bikes darting around the city, is encouraging a ‘rusty’ bike amnesty.
Any unwanted bikes donated to the West Oxford Community Centre will be donated to the Windrush Bike Project, a west Oxfordshire firm that promotes cycling culture.
In return for broken, battered or unloved bicycles, ofo will hand out a three-month free voucher for ofo use, worth £465.
Operations manager Stuart McCarroll said: “We’re extremely proud of the uptake of users in ofo.
“As a thanks and hopefully to encourage more people to make short journeys by bike, we will be rewarding anyone who takes part in OxClean with free access to our local scheme.”