Councillor calls for co-ordinated cycling routes

Councillor Andrew Gant says bicycle lanes in side roads should co-ordinate better with those on major roads

Councillor Andrew Gant says bicycle lanes in side roads should co-ordinate better with those on major roads

First published in News

A LIBERAL Democrat councillor has called for a more “co-ordinated approach” to cycling routes across the city.

Andrew Gant, Oxford City Council representative for Summertown, said longer through-routes should be considered.

It comes after council head of transport John Tanner, of the Labour party, appealed for Oxford Mail readers on where cycle cash should be spent.

In July, we revealed that only about £15,000 of a dedicated £362,000 has been spent on the Cycle City scheme over the past two years.

Mr Gant said cycle lanes on streets such as Woodstock Road should extend all the way on both sides.

He said: “We welcome Cllr Tanner’s initiative.

“Bicycle lanes in side roads should co-ordinate better with those on major roads, for example the east end of Oakthorpe Road and west end of South Parade.

“We need a thought through and coordinated approach to through routes across the city.

“Too often bike lanes appear on new developments without sufficient thought about how they join up with the wider network.

“If Oxford residents can cycle safely and pleasantly across the city, they will.”

 

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5:20pm Sat 16 Aug 14

shippondame says...

A co-ordinated approach in dealing with cycle paths is long overdue and simply a common sense approach. What is lacking is the political will of all local politicians who represent all of us.
If they do ever get around to a co-ordinated oversight of the cycle paths in Oxfordshire, I have to warn them in advance, that ALL of the cycle pathways, and adjacent pedestrian pathways are overgrown with bushes and obstructed by low-lying tree branches along much of their routes in North Abingdon.
Do not Oxfordshire County Council and local councils not have a duty of care in keeping these pathways clear? Does anyone with responsibility actually ensure that routine checks of the pathways are carried out and that the pathways/cycle paths are not overgrown or obstructed?
A co-ordinated approach in dealing with cycle paths is long overdue and simply a common sense approach. What is lacking is the political will of all local politicians who represent all of us. If they do ever get around to a co-ordinated oversight of the cycle paths in Oxfordshire, I have to warn them in advance, that ALL of the cycle pathways, and adjacent pedestrian pathways are overgrown with bushes and obstructed by low-lying tree branches along much of their routes in North Abingdon. Do not Oxfordshire County Council and local councils not have a duty of care in keeping these pathways clear? Does anyone with responsibility actually ensure that routine checks of the pathways are carried out and that the pathways/cycle paths are not overgrown or obstructed? shippondame
  • Score: 26

6:24pm Sat 16 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

How about spending some of the money on educating cyclists.
How about spending some of the money on educating cyclists. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -23

7:42pm Sat 16 Aug 14

fishstew says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
How about spending some of the money on educating cyclists.
As a cyclist I actually agree with you. when I cycle to work and actually respect other road users I do get that respect back 98% of the time. but it is the idiots who are colourbind or the "cycle ninjas" that are the real threat
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: How about spending some of the money on educating cyclists.[/p][/quote]As a cyclist I actually agree with you. when I cycle to work and actually respect other road users I do get that respect back 98% of the time. but it is the idiots who are colourbind or the "cycle ninjas" that are the real threat fishstew
  • Score: 8

9:20pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

shippondame wrote:
A co-ordinated approach in dealing with cycle paths is long overdue and simply a common sense approach. What is lacking is the political will of all local politicians who represent all of us.
If they do ever get around to a co-ordinated oversight of the cycle paths in Oxfordshire, I have to warn them in advance, that ALL of the cycle pathways, and adjacent pedestrian pathways are overgrown with bushes and obstructed by low-lying tree branches along much of their routes in North Abingdon.
Do not Oxfordshire County Council and local councils not have a duty of care in keeping these pathways clear? Does anyone with responsibility actually ensure that routine checks of the pathways are carried out and that the pathways/cycle paths are not overgrown or obstructed?
Not a hope.

When walking along Iffley Road, I can't even stand up straight at some points due to overhanging greenery. The side streets throughout East Oxford are just as bad with bushes taking over a considerable proportion of the pavement.
[quote][p][bold]shippondame[/bold] wrote: A co-ordinated approach in dealing with cycle paths is long overdue and simply a common sense approach. What is lacking is the political will of all local politicians who represent all of us. If they do ever get around to a co-ordinated oversight of the cycle paths in Oxfordshire, I have to warn them in advance, that ALL of the cycle pathways, and adjacent pedestrian pathways are overgrown with bushes and obstructed by low-lying tree branches along much of their routes in North Abingdon. Do not Oxfordshire County Council and local councils not have a duty of care in keeping these pathways clear? Does anyone with responsibility actually ensure that routine checks of the pathways are carried out and that the pathways/cycle paths are not overgrown or obstructed?[/p][/quote]Not a hope. When walking along Iffley Road, I can't even stand up straight at some points due to overhanging greenery. The side streets throughout East Oxford are just as bad with bushes taking over a considerable proportion of the pavement. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 13

9:36pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Richard of Wantage says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
How about spending some of the money on educating cyclists.
Agree. Every child should be taught cycling profeciancey, at the moment it's left to volunteering parents if they are lucky. With better cycling education there would more confident cyclists leading to more cyclists on the road.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: How about spending some of the money on educating cyclists.[/p][/quote]Agree. Every child should be taught cycling profeciancey, at the moment it's left to volunteering parents if they are lucky. With better cycling education there would more confident cyclists leading to more cyclists on the road. Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 10

2:14am Sun 17 Aug 14

cowley bob says...

It's beyond belief. It took 3 minutes to filter into cowley road,only to find no spaces at the rail station,a wasted journey,all the time bikes wizzing up my nearside mirror!!
It's beyond belief. It took 3 minutes to filter into cowley road,only to find no spaces at the rail station,a wasted journey,all the time bikes wizzing up my nearside mirror!! cowley bob
  • Score: -16

7:50am Sun 17 Aug 14

abidonian says...

Woodstock road cycle path needs more than just extension. I currently feel safer on the road as there are a huge number of motorists, approaching from side-streets, who drive straight up to the second give way road marking, crossing the cycle lane without looking. And due to some overgrown hedges and large garden walls it is impossible to see round the corner until you are upon it. This worries me!
I would like nothing more as a cyclist for a usable safe cycle track which doesn't need to dodge lampposts, bus stops and more thought out junctions which can make road users aware when they are approaching a cycle-path crossing.
Woodstock road cycle path needs more than just extension. I currently feel safer on the road as there are a huge number of motorists, approaching from side-streets, who drive straight up to the second give way road marking, crossing the cycle lane without looking. And due to some overgrown hedges and large garden walls it is impossible to see round the corner until you are upon it. This worries me! I would like nothing more as a cyclist for a usable safe cycle track which doesn't need to dodge lampposts, bus stops and more thought out junctions which can make road users aware when they are approaching a cycle-path crossing. abidonian
  • Score: 21

2:31pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Wolvercote Res says...

There's nothing safe about cycling down Banbury Road in the cycle lane at the moment. Somebody very cleverly decided to resurface the road only UP TO the edge of the cycle lane so it is full of loose sharp stones and extra lumps and bumps. Add to that the cars that haven't been driving at the recommended speed as they go past you so loose chippings come at you from all directions. Appalling.
There's nothing safe about cycling down Banbury Road in the cycle lane at the moment. Somebody very cleverly decided to resurface the road only UP TO the edge of the cycle lane so it is full of loose sharp stones and extra lumps and bumps. Add to that the cars that haven't been driving at the recommended speed as they go past you so loose chippings come at you from all directions. Appalling. Wolvercote Res
  • Score: 14

10:11pm Sun 17 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Wolvercote Res wrote:
There's nothing safe about cycling down Banbury Road in the cycle lane at the moment. Somebody very cleverly decided to resurface the road only UP TO the edge of the cycle lane so it is full of loose sharp stones and extra lumps and bumps. Add to that the cars that haven't been driving at the recommended speed as they go past you so loose chippings come at you from all directions. Appalling.
How do you know what speed they are driving?.
[quote][p][bold]Wolvercote Res[/bold] wrote: There's nothing safe about cycling down Banbury Road in the cycle lane at the moment. Somebody very cleverly decided to resurface the road only UP TO the edge of the cycle lane so it is full of loose sharp stones and extra lumps and bumps. Add to that the cars that haven't been driving at the recommended speed as they go past you so loose chippings come at you from all directions. Appalling.[/p][/quote]How do you know what speed they are driving?. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -8

5:08pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Wolvercote Res says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Wolvercote Res wrote:
There's nothing safe about cycling down Banbury Road in the cycle lane at the moment. Somebody very cleverly decided to resurface the road only UP TO the edge of the cycle lane so it is full of loose sharp stones and extra lumps and bumps. Add to that the cars that haven't been driving at the recommended speed as they go past you so loose chippings come at you from all directions. Appalling.
How do you know what speed they are driving?.
Trust me, when your young child is showered by sharp road chippings from a car zooming past you know they are doing more than 20mph.
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wolvercote Res[/bold] wrote: There's nothing safe about cycling down Banbury Road in the cycle lane at the moment. Somebody very cleverly decided to resurface the road only UP TO the edge of the cycle lane so it is full of loose sharp stones and extra lumps and bumps. Add to that the cars that haven't been driving at the recommended speed as they go past you so loose chippings come at you from all directions. Appalling.[/p][/quote]How do you know what speed they are driving?.[/p][/quote]Trust me, when your young child is showered by sharp road chippings from a car zooming past you know they are doing more than 20mph. Wolvercote Res
  • Score: 6

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