Oxford to Cambridge cycle link supported

Oxford Mail: Oxford to Cambridge cycle link supported Oxford to Cambridge cycle link supported

CALLS for a cycle highway linking Oxford and Cambridge have been supported by an Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member.

Cambridge MP Dr Julian Huppert, who suggested the idea, said the idea “should be considered” alongside plans for the reopening of the Varsity Line railway link.

David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, also voiced support for the idea.

He said: “I think it’s a very good idea. I don’t know how much it would cost, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

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10:16am Sat 15 Mar 14

Headington Jim says...

All seems fine on flat stretches but what about cuttings, embankments and bridges? Don't forget this is an existing trackbed.
Also it would have to be securely separated with an eyesore high fence otherwise it could become suicide alley!
All seems fine on flat stretches but what about cuttings, embankments and bridges? Don't forget this is an existing trackbed. Also it would have to be securely separated with an eyesore high fence otherwise it could become suicide alley! Headington Jim
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12:38pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Dick Wolff says...

Top priority needs to go to good direct commuting cycle access through to city centre from Witney and from Chalgrove direction. Routes from the north aren't too bad, and from east could be made acceptable at not too great a cost. But cycling is usually an afterthought in the County’s highway schemes, and it's extremely expensive trying adapt something designed badly in first place. Planners need to design for cyclists and pedestrians first, then fit powered traffic around them - not the pther way round.
Top priority needs to go to good direct commuting cycle access through to city centre from Witney and from Chalgrove direction. Routes from the north aren't too bad, and from east could be made acceptable at not too great a cost. But cycling is usually an afterthought in the County’s highway schemes, and it's extremely expensive trying adapt something designed badly in first place. Planners need to design for cyclists and pedestrians first, then fit powered traffic around them - not the pther way round. Dick Wolff
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1:29pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Dick Wolff wrote:
Top priority needs to go to good direct commuting cycle access through to city centre from Witney and from Chalgrove direction. Routes from the north aren't too bad, and from east could be made acceptable at not too great a cost. But cycling is usually an afterthought in the County’s highway schemes, and it's extremely expensive trying adapt something designed badly in first place. Planners need to design for cyclists and pedestrians first, then fit powered traffic around them - not the pther way round.
Not quite...

Planners need to design a cycle lane that:

Can readily be kept clear of snow and ice during the winter using standard road or pavement equipment.
Can be swept using standard road or pavement equipment.
Is well lit at night and during foggy/misty conditions.
Is free of standing water in even the heaviest rain.

Essentially it needs to be built to motorway standards, albeit only one lane wide.
[quote][p][bold]Dick Wolff[/bold] wrote: Top priority needs to go to good direct commuting cycle access through to city centre from Witney and from Chalgrove direction. Routes from the north aren't too bad, and from east could be made acceptable at not too great a cost. But cycling is usually an afterthought in the County’s highway schemes, and it's extremely expensive trying adapt something designed badly in first place. Planners need to design for cyclists and pedestrians first, then fit powered traffic around them - not the pther way round.[/p][/quote]Not quite... Planners need to design a cycle lane that: Can readily be kept clear of snow and ice during the winter using standard road or pavement equipment. Can be swept using standard road or pavement equipment. Is well lit at night and during foggy/misty conditions. Is free of standing water in even the heaviest rain. Essentially it needs to be built to motorway standards, albeit only one lane wide. Andrew:Oxford
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11:37pm Sat 15 Mar 14

davidrnewman says...

More important than a cycle lane all the way to Cambridge, are cycle carriages on the trains that will go there (or at least to Bedford). In Austria they have whole carriages where you can hang up a bicyle. In the spaces not used by bicycles, there are pull down seats.

None of this phoning up to book the 2 bicycle places on a train.
More important than a cycle lane all the way to Cambridge, are cycle carriages on the trains that will go there (or at least to Bedford). In Austria they have whole carriages where you can hang up a bicyle. In the spaces not used by bicycles, there are pull down seats. None of this phoning up to book the 2 bicycle places on a train. davidrnewman
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1:08pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Paul0 says...

Why is this a good idea? Few people want to make the full 66 mile journey by bicycle.

"“I think it’s a very good idea. I don’t know how much it would cost, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Good to see financial responsibility at the heart of local government ;-)
Why is this a good idea? Few people want to make the full 66 mile journey by bicycle. "“I think it’s a very good idea. I don’t know how much it would cost, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.” Good to see financial responsibility at the heart of local government ;-) Paul0
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