Time to get serious about cycling


Paul Harris, Liberal Democrat candidate for St. Margaret's ward in the Oxford City Council elections in May, has written to the Oxford Times about cycling.

Paul writes:

"There is much talk about reducing vehicle congestion by encouraging a cycling alternative, but Oxfordshire County Council, which is responsible for roads, has no budget for promoting cycling.  A serious cycling policy will have to be prepared to spend money – if necessary by accepting crowd-funding if council resources are inadequate – and put real effort into creating a cycling alternative that is convenient, safe and suitable for most people.

As a start the County and City Councils should urgently extend the Woodstock Road cycle track so it runs along the whole Woodstock Road instead of nonsensically stopping half way; construct the Botley to Eynsham cycle track to provide a safe alternative to what is now a very busy B4044; provide an alternative coach parking location so that coaches no longer block the St. Giles cycle lane as they do every day at present; and install the promised bicycle parking at the main entrance to the Westgate Centre in Bonn Square."

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