Queen Street should be opened up to cyclists

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First published in Letters

You report that bus companies would like their buses to be allowed back into Cornmarket Street thus eliminating the only fully-pedestrianised street in the city of Oxford. This is not acceptable.

However, the city council should reconsider its time-limited ban on cycling in Queen Street.

The Dutch CROW manual on road design quality for cyclists recommends assessing whether cycling should be allowed in a pedestrianised street according to the level of pedestrian use.

Where pedestrian levels are less than 100 per metre per hour, the manual recommends combining cyclists and pedestrians without restrictions.

At levels of between 100 and 200 pedestrians per hour it recommends marking out a separated cycle route. Above 200 no cycling should be allowed.

Cornmarket doesn’t feel like an area I would be comfortable cycling in: it may well come above that 200 per hour level. However, it would be desirable to have the figures for Queen Street to ascertain whether cycling should be allowed there.

A study by the Transport Research Laboratory, which included Oxford’s Queen Street, found only two collisions were recorded there in 15 years and neither of those was between a pedestrian and a cyclist.

In 66 hours of filmed observation at 21 sites (12 sites in the UK and nine in Europe) it found that cyclists adapt their speed to pedestrian density and will dismount if necessary.

The study’s general conclusion was that it was important not to exclude cyclists from pedestrian areas and force them to use more dangerous routes.

Oxford cyclists compelled to use the dangerous cycling gate between George Street and Hythe Bridge Street will doubtless concur.

Dr Hazel Dawe Treasurer

Oxford Green Party

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1:21pm Tue 26 Aug 14

norton manor says...

it is the speed at which a lot of these cyclist go that is the concern of most pedestrians and users of both Queens/Cornmarket streets that is the problem.
the other problems are the unauthorised vehicles that use Queen Street as a cut through. the number of private hire and taxis that do this and also break the speed limit of 5mph is unbelievable, when are the police and Councils going to address this menace??
it is the speed at which a lot of these cyclist go that is the concern of most pedestrians and users of both Queens/Cornmarket streets that is the problem. the other problems are the unauthorised vehicles that use Queen Street as a cut through. the number of private hire and taxis that do this and also break the speed limit of 5mph is unbelievable, when are the police and Councils going to address this menace?? norton manor
  • Score: 8

1:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

no if anything it should have measures undertaken to prevent cyclists from speeding down there
no if anything it should have measures undertaken to prevent cyclists from speeding down there yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 5

7:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

the wizard says...

Obviously a bit late with this letter, the 1st April has long gone, and add to which when the cyclists in Oxford adjust to the Dutch cyclists standards of behaviour there may be a case at some point to argue. Right now some of the bone idle "I'm not getting off my bike for you" crowd need to re address their code and for a start be sensible and adaptive to the conditions around them, but don't hold your breath as some, not all, despite their alleged intelligence are about as ignorant as it gets. That's what you get with so called intellect, and that seems to go hand in glove with their rather "holier than you" attitude, students, sorry the whole city at large would function better on a day to day basis without them, and their "baggage". Take them out of the equation and you may have a case, but right now, I don't think so, and I'm not alone.
Obviously a bit late with this letter, the 1st April has long gone, and add to which when the cyclists in Oxford adjust to the Dutch cyclists standards of behaviour there may be a case at some point to argue. Right now some of the bone idle "I'm not getting off my bike for you" crowd need to re address their code and for a start be sensible and adaptive to the conditions around them, but don't hold your breath as some, not all, despite their alleged intelligence are about as ignorant as it gets. That's what you get with so called intellect, and that seems to go hand in glove with their rather "holier than you" attitude, students, sorry the whole city at large would function better on a day to day basis without them, and their "baggage". Take them out of the equation and you may have a case, but right now, I don't think so, and I'm not alone. the wizard
  • Score: 5

10:25pm Tue 26 Aug 14

the wizard says...

norton manor wrote:
it is the speed at which a lot of these cyclist go that is the concern of most pedestrians and users of both Queens/Cornmarket streets that is the problem.
the other problems are the unauthorised vehicles that use Queen Street as a cut through. the number of private hire and taxis that do this and also break the speed limit of 5mph is unbelievable, when are the police and Councils going to address this menace??
They will not though, because they are far too busy with soft targets in St. Giles.
[quote][p][bold]norton manor[/bold] wrote: it is the speed at which a lot of these cyclist go that is the concern of most pedestrians and users of both Queens/Cornmarket streets that is the problem. the other problems are the unauthorised vehicles that use Queen Street as a cut through. the number of private hire and taxis that do this and also break the speed limit of 5mph is unbelievable, when are the police and Councils going to address this menace??[/p][/quote]They will not though, because they are far too busy with soft targets in St. Giles. the wizard
  • Score: 2

11:09pm Tue 26 Aug 14

JanetJ says...

Any afternoon in Queen Street you need to play "dodge the cyclist" now. The signs are generally ignored by cyclists during the day and I have never seen any enforcement. Hazel Dawes needs to spend some time in Queen Street to see how ridiculous her letter seems.
Any afternoon in Queen Street you need to play "dodge the cyclist" now. The signs are generally ignored by cyclists during the day and I have never seen any enforcement. Hazel Dawes needs to spend some time in Queen Street to see how ridiculous her letter seems. JanetJ
  • Score: 7

11:56pm Tue 26 Aug 14

the wizard says...

If its £100 fine for exceeding the limit in St Giles why is not the same penalty applied to cyclists in Queen St ? The law applies to all road users just the same so why are car users victimized continuously in Oxford.
If its £100 fine for exceeding the limit in St Giles why is not the same penalty applied to cyclists in Queen St ? The law applies to all road users just the same so why are car users victimized continuously in Oxford. the wizard
  • Score: 4

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