Roundabout gets go ahead for safety revamp

Oxford Mail: Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt

PLANS to make an East Oxford roundabout safer have taken a step forward.

The Plain junction, which connects five roads, including High Street, Iffley Road and Cowley Road, is to have a larger central island and a central cycle lane to be added on approach.

Roads leading to it will also be narrowed and junctions modified under the near £1m scheme.

But cycle group Cyclox has claimed the measures fall short and that many cyclists are intimidated by the roundabout’s lay-out.

At a meeting in County Hall yesterday, Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt expressed support for the scheme but called it “seriously unambitious”.

He said: “Cyclox supports the county council’s aim to increase levels of cycling in Oxford, but have concluded these changes will hardly make any difference.”

Mr Hunt said not enough was being done to reduce vehicle speeds.

He added: “If speeds do not slow, then the scheme will not work.”

Cyclox has also called for other types of bikes, such as those towing trailers for children, to be considered when planning the width of the lanes.

Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for transport David Nimmo-Smith approved the measures, but said it would be “an evolving process”.

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8:13am Fri 28 Mar 14

Geoff Roberts says...

If the measures don't go far enough, what will? Are people really speeding around the plain? That surprises me, considering the amount of traffic. I am absolutely not against making things safer for cyclists, quite the opposite but not sure if it is actually possible everywhere without getting rid of traffic.
If the measures don't go far enough, what will? Are people really speeding around the plain? That surprises me, considering the amount of traffic. I am absolutely not against making things safer for cyclists, quite the opposite but not sure if it is actually possible everywhere without getting rid of traffic. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 0

9:42am Fri 28 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Geoff Roberts wrote:
If the measures don't go far enough, what will? Are people really speeding around the plain? That surprises me, considering the amount of traffic. I am absolutely not against making things safer for cyclists, quite the opposite but not sure if it is actually possible everywhere without getting rid of traffic.
£1m scheme...

Perhaps it would be cheaper for OCC to sponsor Thames Valley Police to permanently station a pair of traffic officers to monitor the roundabout from 7am to 7pm daily?

Cost it out at an average of £100k a year - so enough money to last 10 years...

After an initial period of intensive fines for no cycle lights, using mobile whilst driving, smoking with children in the car (maybe not yet), smoking in work vehicles/taxis, not using seatbelts, uninsured, speeding, poor lane management, failing to indicate, broken lights, worn out tyres, poor visibility, incorrect formatting of number plates...

It would settle down to being one of the safest and most courteous to use roundabouts in England.
[quote][p][bold]Geoff Roberts[/bold] wrote: If the measures don't go far enough, what will? Are people really speeding around the plain? That surprises me, considering the amount of traffic. I am absolutely not against making things safer for cyclists, quite the opposite but not sure if it is actually possible everywhere without getting rid of traffic.[/p][/quote]£1m scheme... Perhaps it would be cheaper for OCC to sponsor Thames Valley Police to permanently station a pair of traffic officers to monitor the roundabout from 7am to 7pm daily? Cost it out at an average of £100k a year - so enough money to last 10 years... After an initial period of intensive fines for no cycle lights, using mobile whilst driving, smoking with children in the car (maybe not yet), smoking in work vehicles/taxis, not using seatbelts, uninsured, speeding, poor lane management, failing to indicate, broken lights, worn out tyres, poor visibility, incorrect formatting of number plates... It would settle down to being one of the safest and most courteous to use roundabouts in England. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 7

2:24pm Fri 28 Mar 14

The racer says...

Great idea Andrew, and it would save ruining one of Oxford's historic landmarks in the name of 'road safety'. Roads are made unsafe by their users, not the architecture.
Great idea Andrew, and it would save ruining one of Oxford's historic landmarks in the name of 'road safety'. Roads are made unsafe by their users, not the architecture. The racer
  • Score: 4

8:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Redbulls says...

the £1,000,000 would be better spent by buying lights and fluorescent vests for all cyclists and then teaching them how to observe road regulations like other motorists ( and observing speed limits and traffic lights ) some are a law unto themselves !!
what a absolute waste of money...............
. there was nothing wrong with original roundabout until some of the councilors got hold of some paper and coloring pencils oh and a lot of money that is not theirs..............
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the £1,000,000 would be better spent by buying lights and fluorescent vests for all cyclists and then teaching them how to observe road regulations like other motorists ( and observing speed limits and traffic lights ) some are a law unto themselves !! what a absolute waste of money............... . there was nothing wrong with original roundabout until some of the councilors got hold of some paper and coloring pencils oh and a lot of money that is not theirs.............. . Redbulls
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