Activists plan cycle lane on ‘dangerous stretch of road’

Oxford Mail: From left, Ian Leggett, John Griffin and Graham Smith look at the designs for a cycle path between Botley and Eynsham From left, Ian Leggett, John Griffin and Graham Smith look at the designs for a cycle path between Botley and Eynsham

EARLY plans for a bike lane on a “dangerous” stretch of road between Botley and Eynsham have been drawn up.

Campaigners and community group Bike Safe have been looking to create the path, which would run alongside the B4044, for about 18 months.

The group has now had studies carried out to assess whether it is feasible and is in the early stages of getting a design to put forward for consultation.

And it hopes to submit a planning application for the project in April or May this year.

But Ian Leggett, chairman of Bike Safe, said the group still needs help with funding for the design process and background work, which would cost about £60,000.

In total, it is estimated the lane would cost £1m.

Last March the group called on the county council to bid for Government cash to help with the scheme.

However, the authority didn’t apply for the funds because, a spokesman said: “Although we understand the strong desire for the scheme locally, we are not able to commit the kind of funding that would be required to make up the shortfall.”

Mr Leggett said they want to present a “solid plan” to the council this year so it can try to get Government money.

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He said: “One of our members ran the Oxford Half Marathon recently and through him we raised about £3,000 and we have lots of events coming up to help with the costs.

“What we really want is to be able to present Oxfordshire County Council with a solid plan and if it gets approval from the planning department then what we ideally want to do is say to the county council, here is the idea and it is what is called ‘shovel ready’, so the council can try to get Government funding for it.”

The proposed path, wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians to use at the same time, would run alongside Eynsham Road from the Swinford toll bridge to Dean Court, at the A420 junction.

Mr Leggett added: “This is a dangerous stretch of road and people have been calling for something like this for a long time.

“There are little things we need to work out, like how the path would work at the toll bridge end and how it is incorporated, but everything that we have now will obviously be put in a consultation.

“There are many people who live in Eynsham and Farmoor who work in the Botley Road area, and many from Botley who work on the Eynsham industrial estate, so it would be well used.”

Last March Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron praised the campaign as he walked along part of the route.

A spokesman for the county council said the authority had spoken to the organisers and added that it would be “happy to help” with advice needed regarding the planning application.

He said one accident was recorded on the stretch of road last year involving a cyclist, but no injuries were recorded.

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9:05am Fri 3 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Miilion quid for a few cyclists?????
Miilion quid for a few cyclists????? Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: -195

9:06am Fri 3 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

Million quid for a few cyclists that contribute nothing to the roads, your having a laugh.
Million quid for a few cyclists that contribute nothing to the roads, your having a laugh. Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: -194

9:37am Fri 3 Jan 14

Dick Wolff says...

Most cyclists pay road tax, because they also run cars. It is ridiculous that is no safe cycle route into Oxford from the west apart from the A40 cycle path that drops into North Oxford. I wouldn't dream of cycling along that road, let alone in the dark - and I've been a commuting cyclist in several major cities for forty years. No wonder if there are few cyclists and therefore few accidents on that stretch - noone in their right mind would try it.
Most cyclists pay road tax, because they also run cars. It is ridiculous that is no safe cycle route into Oxford from the west apart from the A40 cycle path that drops into North Oxford. I wouldn't dream of cycling along that road, let alone in the dark - and I've been a commuting cyclist in several major cities for forty years. No wonder if there are few cyclists and therefore few accidents on that stretch - noone in their right mind would try it. Dick Wolff
  • Score: 21

11:05am Fri 3 Jan 14

fat Barry says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
Million quid for a few cyclists that contribute nothing to the roads, your having a laugh.
Everybody who has a job, and pays their taxes, is contributing to the roads.
So all those cyclists that you see everyday cycling to work, are in fact all contributing to the roads.
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Million quid for a few cyclists that contribute nothing to the roads, your having a laugh.[/p][/quote]Everybody who has a job, and pays their taxes, is contributing to the roads. So all those cyclists that you see everyday cycling to work, are in fact all contributing to the roads. fat Barry
  • Score: 21

11:23am Fri 3 Jan 14

Oxford Optimist says...

Roads are funded out of general taxation and compete for funding with other spending priorities. This is how cyclists contribute to the roads:
Many/most of them also run a car and so pay vehicle excise duty etc.
Many have jobs and so pay taxes as other employed people do.
By cycling they remove a car from the road or free up a bus space, freeing up road space for those who have to use a car (or choose to use a car).
They are maintaining thier own health and fitness, reducing their need to use the NHS and thier so cost to other tax payers.

Safe cycling facilities will encourage more people out of cars and onto bikes. £1million is a lot of money, but a fitter, more active population able to continue to work and pay taxes is a benefit to us all and increased cycle facilities accross the country is money well spent.
Roads are funded out of general taxation and compete for funding with other spending priorities. This is how cyclists contribute to the roads: Many/most of them also run a car and so pay vehicle excise duty etc. Many have jobs and so pay taxes as other employed people do. By cycling they remove a car from the road or free up a bus space, freeing up road space for those who have to use a car (or choose to use a car). They are maintaining thier own health and fitness, reducing their need to use the NHS and thier so cost to other tax payers. Safe cycling facilities will encourage more people out of cars and onto bikes. £1million is a lot of money, but a fitter, more active population able to continue to work and pay taxes is a benefit to us all and increased cycle facilities accross the country is money well spent. Oxford Optimist
  • Score: 21

2:32pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Dick Wolff wrote:
Most cyclists pay road tax, because they also run cars. It is ridiculous that is no safe cycle route into Oxford from the west apart from the A40 cycle path that drops into North Oxford. I wouldn't dream of cycling along that road, let alone in the dark - and I've been a commuting cyclist in several major cities for forty years. No wonder if there are few cyclists and therefore few accidents on that stretch - noone in their right mind would try it.
There isn't a safe route from Thame, Wallingford or Stadhampton either for cyclists.

£1M would be better spent on a contribution towards re-opening the railway between Oxford & Witney/Carterton. 8-12 minutes on the train from Witney to central Oxford would be more helpful to everyone than a stretch of cycle-track that will have a lower priority for maintainence than the London Road gravel track...
[quote][p][bold]Dick Wolff[/bold] wrote: Most cyclists pay road tax, because they also run cars. It is ridiculous that is no safe cycle route into Oxford from the west apart from the A40 cycle path that drops into North Oxford. I wouldn't dream of cycling along that road, let alone in the dark - and I've been a commuting cyclist in several major cities for forty years. No wonder if there are few cyclists and therefore few accidents on that stretch - noone in their right mind would try it.[/p][/quote]There isn't a safe route from Thame, Wallingford or Stadhampton either for cyclists. £1M would be better spent on a contribution towards re-opening the railway between Oxford & Witney/Carterton. 8-12 minutes on the train from Witney to central Oxford would be more helpful to everyone than a stretch of cycle-track that will have a lower priority for maintainence than the London Road gravel track... Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -25

4:29pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Bart_simpsonDoh says...

A motorist pays more tax towards the roads than a cyclist.
A motorist pays more tax towards the roads than a cyclist. Bart_simpsonDoh
  • Score: -196

9:22am Sun 5 Jan 14

grandconjuration says...

Bart_simpsonDoh wrote:
A motorist pays more tax towards the roads than a cyclist.
Please provide evidence for this statement.
[quote][p][bold]Bart_simpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: A motorist pays more tax towards the roads than a cyclist.[/p][/quote]Please provide evidence for this statement. grandconjuration
  • Score: 19

2:56pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BMW Z4 says...

"A spokesman for the county council said the authority had spoken to the organisers and added that it would be “happy to help” with advice"
Yeah right! Is this the same spokes"man" who removed this path from the County Transport Plan 2006 - 2012, just when local people were starting to support the County's own proposals?

Informed readers will know, the County are not responsible for granting planning permission - that's the role of VoWH District Council!
"A spokesman for the county council said the authority had spoken to the organisers and added that it would be “happy to help” with advice" Yeah right! Is this the same spokes"man" who removed this path from the County Transport Plan 2006 - 2012, just when local people were starting to support the County's own proposals? Informed readers will know, the County are not responsible for granting planning permission - that's the role of VoWH District Council! BMW Z4
  • Score: 0

3:05pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BMW Z4 says...

Andrew:Oxford says...

There isn't a safe route from Thame, either for cyclists.

Not true Andrew. There is an exceptional route from Thame to Princes Risborough: its a disused railway line! It would have also continued to Oxford if the M40 had not destroyed the railway bridge at Wheatley Services!
Andrew:Oxford says... There isn't a safe route from Thame, either for cyclists. Not true Andrew. There is an exceptional route from Thame to Princes Risborough: its a disused railway line! It would have also continued to Oxford if the M40 had not destroyed the railway bridge at Wheatley Services! BMW Z4
  • Score: 1

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