CYCLIST campaigners have announced that there has been 'quiet' support for the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) that have been introduced as trial schemes across the city.

Cyclox chairwoman, Dr Alison Hill, looked at the implications of the removal of the Walton Street barrier for cyclists and pedestrians, stating that 'there is considerable, if quiet, community support for LTNs'.

The LTNs that were most recently introduced by Oxfordshire County Council as part of a six-month trial in Church Cowley, Temple Cowley and Florence Park, have been a source of division within the community.

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Here is what our readers said in response to Dr Hill's statement:

SUSANNAH BRADY: “If you live in the wrong side of Littlemore Road barrier you are trapped.

“You’re not supposed to go down Bartholomew Road so the only way out is via Newman Road onto Iffley Road.

“The council, in their wisdom, narrowed the road there which causes major queues from both directions.

“And if you want to turn right onto Iffley Road - forget it.”

WILL BAYLISS: “Ridiculous queues around Cowley this afternoon all because of this.

“All it is doing is creating more pollution and moving it down the road.”

DANNY YEE: “90 per cent of this is the roadworks and temporary traffic lights at the Marsh junction.

“You can see those lights operating in Google’s traffic display.”

SIMON HAND: “Totally for them, expand them soon, it’s so much nicer living by one.

“Eventually people will stop using their cars fro short journeys, however, I agree the current situation isn’t the best.”

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GREG HOWSE: “Get rid of them.

“Cowley Road is complete gridlock most of the day which cannot be good for the environment.”

OWEN MOORE: “The scheme is poorly designed and has created more traffic.

“I suggest time-based restrictions would be better and a huge improvement.”

ANNA RATCLIFF: “Definitely support them, but it can't stop with the LTNs - more measures needed to reduce car travel and increase travel by bus, train, cycling or walking.

"Cycling is quite enjoyable - if you take it steady and you don’t arrive sweaty at all and a good rain jacket and trousers mean wet weather isn’t such a massive problem.

“Appreciate it’s not for everyone but it is not as bad as you make out.”

CHRISSIE EARL: “Looks lovely.

“Realistically it doesn’t seem to be working but time will tell.”

OWEN MCKNIGHT: “But the Conservative candidate for the city council elections in Littlemore, who ran his whole campaign on removing the LTNs, did very badly.”

INES AFFCHEN: “Fantastic, bring on more.”

ALBERT MAZEY: “This scheme has just moved problems to other areas.

“Those residents whose are now safer or quieter don’t seem to realise that these bollards have increased traffic other roads are now safer or quieter don’t seem to realise that these bollards have increase traffic other roads where young and elderly people live.

“We now see traffic queuing from Donnington Bridge Road to Rose hill roundabout and along Church Cowley Road. This scheme increases journey times for people going to work and hospital appointments and higher pollution levels on these now busier road’s”

DANIELLE BALLANTINE-DRAKE: “Yes. Absolutely awesome to see positive changes in our neighbourhoods.

“Hope it is taken further and the whole transport network across Oxford is improved.”

A spokesperson for the council said: "Oxfordshire County Council is monitoring the success of the experimental LTNs and encourages residents to comment on their experience of them by sending feedback to us in an open consultation."

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The trial is set to last until September, but may be extended for a further 12 months.