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Cyclists are hoping to make roads safer

Oxford Mail: Simon Hunt Simon Hunt

Headington residents have grouped together to make their streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

The group has been formed following criticism of the £500,000 Oxfordshire County Council scheme to make road conditions for cyclists and pedestrians safer in the area.

Some of the group’s suggestions so far include preparing a map of cycle-friendly routes through Headington and lobbying for better cycle tracks.

The group will also press for cycle lanes to be repainted and is thinking about organising a bike repair service at the suburb’s monthly farmers’ market.

Stephen Road resident Dom Francis said: “One of the issues we talked about was promoting cycling to work and to schools.

“In the UK as a whole the percentage of journeys carried out by bike is lower than the rest of Europe, so if we can encourage people to cycle to work more then hopefully we have done a good thing.

“There are also issues with people riding on pavements around the shops.”

The group held its first meeting last week.

It hopes to meet with local councillors to discuss ways in which it can influence safety on Headington’s roads in future.

Fellow member Simon Hunt, who is also a member of Oxford cycle campaign group Cyclox, said: “I hope Headington can benefit from having a group like this, and there are precedents in West Oxford.

“But there are an awful lot of things which need to be done.”

The county council started work on the New Headington Transport Improvements scheme last year.

But the project has come in for criticism from some residents.

They branded the revamped junction of London Road and Windmill Road one of the most dangerous in the city for cyclists.

The county said it was monitoring the junction in the light of the complaints.

It also said it had worked with residents to develop the transport improvements scheme and believed it was a good use of funding.

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7:10pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Sid Hunt says...

Conservatively, I would estimate that 1 in 10 of the cyclists I see are actually on the road. The rest are on the footpath.
Conservatively, I would estimate that 1 in 10 of the cyclists I see are actually on the road. The rest are on the footpath. Sid Hunt
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8:00pm Mon 30 Apr 12

regerme.com says...

regerme is the peer pressure solution to road safety. Cyclists can post constructive comments or incriminating pictures on the site and timeline the actions of persistent inconsiderate, anti social or simply dangerous drivers. Although unable to be used for prosecution the site can be used for intelligence. Search regerme, log on and post a constructive comment or picture and make a difference.
regerme is the peer pressure solution to road safety. Cyclists can post constructive comments or incriminating pictures on the site and timeline the actions of persistent inconsiderate, anti social or simply dangerous drivers. Although unable to be used for prosecution the site can be used for intelligence. Search regerme, log on and post a constructive comment or picture and make a difference. regerme.com
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8:59pm Mon 30 Apr 12

cynicality says...

Sid Hunt wrote:
Conservatively, I would estimate that 1 in 10 of the cyclists I see are actually on the road. The rest are on the footpath.
Agree totally - the OM headline about cyclists wanting to make roads safer for *them* made me angry - most of them a) go the wrong way down one-way streets; b) jump red lights at pedestrian crossings; and c) cycle on the pavement. There are very few who actually obey the rules of the road all the time (like wot I used to when I cycled, 30-odd years ago).
[quote][p][bold]Sid Hunt[/bold] wrote: Conservatively, I would estimate that 1 in 10 of the cyclists I see are actually on the road. The rest are on the footpath.[/p][/quote]Agree totally - the OM headline about cyclists wanting to make roads safer for *them* made me angry - most of them a) go the wrong way down one-way streets; b) jump red lights at pedestrian crossings; and c) cycle on the pavement. There are very few who actually obey the rules of the road all the time (like wot I used to when I cycled, 30-odd years ago). cynicality
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9:59pm Mon 30 Apr 12

TypicalStudent says...

Are you guys not bored of this? Every time an article is posted on here about cyclists or motorists the same old tired points are religiously typed up about pavements, red lights and "good and bad in both motorists and cyclists".
Boring.
Are you guys not bored of this? Every time an article is posted on here about cyclists or motorists the same old tired points are religiously typed up about pavements, red lights and "good and bad in both motorists and cyclists". Boring. TypicalStudent
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7:18am Tue 1 May 12

Pundit says...

It may be boring but it is true. Pedestrians are put at risk by cyclists and the police prefer to do nothing about it. I think pedestrians need to challenge cyclists breaking the law to see if they can get through to them just how selfish and arrogant they are. If the police won't act perhaps it is time for a few vigilantes to step forward.
It may be boring but it is true. Pedestrians are put at risk by cyclists and the police prefer to do nothing about it. I think pedestrians need to challenge cyclists breaking the law to see if they can get through to them just how selfish and arrogant they are. If the police won't act perhaps it is time for a few vigilantes to step forward. Pundit
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8:28am Tue 1 May 12

the wizard says...

The fact of the matter is, there are many cyclists in Oxford and for years no proper provision has been made for them despite the increase in numbers. Nothing has been constructively done to create a safer environment for all road users. Painting a white line in the gutter is not the way to create a cycle track. The councillors of Oxford for many years have had a very narrow minded approach and now they have painted themselves into a corner. If you look at the cities in France, Germany, Netherlands and so on it is easy to see the dedicated provision for bikes. The other side of the coin is, cyclists who flaunt the rules get heavily penalised, because they have dedicated traffic police who are visible at all times. this is the way to go, the modern way. If we choose to stay in the 1950's then we reap what we sow. If we go the same way as others who set an example then we can dispel all the usual arguments as they cease to exist.
The thing is Oxford is stuck in a time warp, and until it gets a good shaking, and the sh~te shook out, it will remain so.
A modern approach, with lots of new faces in positions that matter would go a long way to serving this city better, until then, you will remain, a dull, dark, dingy, dirty place that offers little in the balance of life that is needed between the incumbent population and the students, and those that matter in the colleges are happy for things to continue as they are as they are getting THEIR way over that of the rate paying population.
The fact of the matter is, there are many cyclists in Oxford and for years no proper provision has been made for them despite the increase in numbers. Nothing has been constructively done to create a safer environment for all road users. Painting a white line in the gutter is not the way to create a cycle track. The councillors of Oxford for many years have had a very narrow minded approach and now they have painted themselves into a corner. If you look at the cities in France, Germany, Netherlands and so on it is easy to see the dedicated provision for bikes. The other side of the coin is, cyclists who flaunt the rules get heavily penalised, because they have dedicated traffic police who are visible at all times. this is the way to go, the modern way. If we choose to stay in the 1950's then we reap what we sow. If we go the same way as others who set an example then we can dispel all the usual arguments as they cease to exist. The thing is Oxford is stuck in a time warp, and until it gets a good shaking, and the sh~te shook out, it will remain so. A modern approach, with lots of new faces in positions that matter would go a long way to serving this city better, until then, you will remain, a dull, dark, dingy, dirty place that offers little in the balance of life that is needed between the incumbent population and the students, and those that matter in the colleges are happy for things to continue as they are as they are getting THEIR way over that of the rate paying population. the wizard
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9:27am Tue 1 May 12

L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG says...

regerme.com wrote:
regerme is the peer pressure solution to road safety. Cyclists can post constructive comments or incriminating pictures on the site and timeline the actions of persistent inconsiderate, anti social or simply dangerous drivers. Although unable to be used for prosecution the site can be used for intelligence. Search regerme, log on and post a constructive comment or picture and make a difference.
And if us motorist were a petty minded and had a similar website it would crash (no pun intended) in ten minutes with all of the pics of anti-social and dangerous cyclist breaking the law en-masse.
[quote][p][bold]regerme.com[/bold] wrote: regerme is the peer pressure solution to road safety. Cyclists can post constructive comments or incriminating pictures on the site and timeline the actions of persistent inconsiderate, anti social or simply dangerous drivers. Although unable to be used for prosecution the site can be used for intelligence. Search regerme, log on and post a constructive comment or picture and make a difference.[/p][/quote]And if us motorist were a petty minded and had a similar website it would crash (no pun intended) in ten minutes with all of the pics of anti-social and dangerous cyclist breaking the law en-masse. L0RD PETER MCVEY 0X2 6EG
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12:18pm Tue 1 May 12

Wanchai says...

Pundit wrote:
It may be boring but it is true. Pedestrians are put at risk by cyclists and the police prefer to do nothing about it. I think pedestrians need to challenge cyclists breaking the law to see if they can get through to them just how selfish and arrogant they are. If the police won't act perhaps it is time for a few vigilantes to step forward.
Do it. I can understand your frustration with cyclists on the pavement. When you do cycle on the road though, you must be continuously on your guard against bad driving. Regular problem areas include the lights next to Kwik Fit on Hythe Bridge St. Not the easiest set of lights to understand it seems, and the advanced stop line for cyclists is guaranteed to make your average car driver’s blood boil. And Gloucester Green bus station. Bus drivers pulling out of the station while checking their phones don't appear to think about any cyclists who may be passing.
[quote][p][bold]Pundit[/bold] wrote: It may be boring but it is true. Pedestrians are put at risk by cyclists and the police prefer to do nothing about it. I think pedestrians need to challenge cyclists breaking the law to see if they can get through to them just how selfish and arrogant they are. If the police won't act perhaps it is time for a few vigilantes to step forward.[/p][/quote]Do it. I can understand your frustration with cyclists on the pavement. When you do cycle on the road though, you must be continuously on your guard against bad driving. Regular problem areas include the lights next to Kwik Fit on Hythe Bridge St. Not the easiest set of lights to understand it seems, and the advanced stop line for cyclists is guaranteed to make your average car driver’s blood boil. And Gloucester Green bus station. Bus drivers pulling out of the station while checking their phones don't appear to think about any cyclists who may be passing. Wanchai
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1:00pm Tue 1 May 12

Christine Hovis says...

Guys,

go with the logic of your arguments here. If being on the road is too dangerous, and there are no concessions to cyclists, then they'll go on pavements and jump lights etc. Make it better, and they'll be safe on the road where they should be.

Simples.
Guys, go with the logic of your arguments here. If being on the road is too dangerous, and there are no concessions to cyclists, then they'll go on pavements and jump lights etc. Make it better, and they'll be safe on the road where they should be. Simples. Christine Hovis
  • Score: 1

3:09pm Tue 1 May 12

King Joke says...

What is the problem with London Rd x Windmill Rd? The two main flows are now on separate phases so it's a lot safer than it was before. Now cyclists turning right from the London Rd onto Windmill Rd get a filter light and don't need to wait in the middle of the road for oncoming traffic.
What is the problem with London Rd x Windmill Rd? The two main flows are now on separate phases so it's a lot safer than it was before. Now cyclists turning right from the London Rd onto Windmill Rd get a filter light and don't need to wait in the middle of the road for oncoming traffic. King Joke
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8:52am Wed 2 May 12

djlw84 says...

The most frustrating thing about cyclists for me is when they ride on the road when there is a cycle path on the pathway!
The most frustrating thing about cyclists for me is when they ride on the road when there is a cycle path on the pathway! djlw84
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10:55am Wed 2 May 12

Madi50n says...

On & on & on; Over & over & over again.

The same old lines, the same old rubbish.
On & on & on; Over & over & over again. The same old lines, the same old rubbish. Madi50n
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10:59am Wed 2 May 12

King Joke says...

djlw84 wrote:
The most frustrating thing about cyclists for me is when they ride on the road when there is a cycle path on the pathway!
We've been over this before. Pathway cycle paths are fine for children and older cyclists but no use for commuters. Next question.
[quote][p][bold]djlw84[/bold] wrote: The most frustrating thing about cyclists for me is when they ride on the road when there is a cycle path on the pathway![/p][/quote]We've been over this before. Pathway cycle paths are fine for children and older cyclists but no use for commuters. Next question. King Joke
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