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A request for your input on local roads and travel from Councillor Yvonne Constance

on Tue, 26/05/2020 - 5:01pm

We have an opportunity to make some real improvements to active travel in our parishes throughout Oxfordshire.    Grant Schapps, Transport Secretary  recently committed £250million for local infrastructure improvements to encourage active travel – that really means walking and cycling.  OCC does not yet know how much we will get or what the conditions will be, but our share of national Gov grants is usually 1%, so we could have £2.5 million for improvements, and that could mean up to £40,000 in each County Division.   We aim to spend on immediate projects in June; and more complex schemes from July onwards.

I have initiated an enquiry through all the county councillors  to be sure we spend this money to make improvements in EVERY town and village.  So I’m writing now to ask you and your PC for your ‘wish list’, bearing in mind that we can make no promises, except that your list will be considered.    Listed below are the most talked about schemes in walking/cycling circles, and we present them to stimulate your ideas:

  •     INSTALLING POP-UP CYCLING LANES SEPARATED FROM OTHER TRAFFIC
  •     using CONES/BARRIERS TO WIDEN FOOTWAYS
  •     ENCOURAGE/REQUIRE WALKING CYCLING TO SCHOOL (introduce school streets)
  •     Introduce LOW TRAFFIC AREAS WITH PLANTERS or BARRIERS
  •     Introduce 20 m.p.h. SPEED LIMITS
  •     Introduce PEDESTRIAN/CYCLE- ONLY ZONES at certain times
  •     Provide ADDITONAL CYCLE PARKING AT KEY LOCATIONS – esp. SECURE CYCLE PARKING AT RURAL BUS STOPS
  •     Change JUNCTION DESIGN to ACCOMMODATE MORE CYCLISTS ( e.g. Advanced Stop Lines)
  •     ‘WHOLE ROUTE’ APPROACHES to create corridors for buses, cycles access only into towns and cities

So far I do know that there is widespread support in rural areas for 20 m.p.h speed limits ( despite police not enforcing, they are seen as advisory and do influence speed which encourages cycling) and cycle lanes and secure parking facilities.    But this is an opportunity to think about what would best improve active travel in your villages, and I’m not restricting any thoughts.

I must report from my Division after this ‘half term’ week, so please let me have your best ideas by Monday 1st June.

Yvonne Constance
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