Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

Cycle path closure a 'fiasco' as Oxford Lib Dems protest for safe cycling


Oxford Liberal Democrats led a protest of local cyclists against the closure of a national cycle path on Parks Road due to University development and a lack of safe cycling provision from the County Council. 

The protest took place on rush hour on Tuesday, with protestors making clear attitudes to cyclist safety needed to change.
 
A memorial adjacent to the closed path has already appeared, and there have been reports of near misses and people being put in severe danger due to the closure.
Oxford Liberal Democrats have pledged to "Prioritise the creation of separate cycle lanes and build new infrastructure for cycling/walking."
James Cox, Liberal Democrat candidate for University Parks, said:
 
"The closure has been a fiasco, with both Oxford University and the Conservative-led County Council failing to take responsibility. Closing the path has put cyclists' safety and welfare at risk forcing cyclists onto a busy road.
"This road is dangerous. Residents and commuters have already reported near misses and the County Council has a duty of care to all road users, not just drivers.
"Liberal Democrats are fighting for a fairer, greener, more caring Oxford. We will improve and promote active travel in Oxford, ensuring that cyclists can travel safely across the city. As County Councillor for University Parks, I will champion cyclists and get safe routes open."
Joanne Bowlt, a local cyclist who attended the protest, said:
 
"This part of the national cycle route was always dangerous for cyclists, now it is even worse.  If cycling was safer more people would cycle instead of driving - less congestion and pollution for all. 
 
The Council and the University need to act together and get the hierarchy of road users the right way around - 'pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles' and make Oxford genuinely a 'Cycling City' we can be proud of."

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