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From the Oxford Mail – Balancing the tensions between city navigators
Simon Hunt, left, is taking over from James Styring, right, as the chairman of Oxford cyclists’ campaign group Cyclox [photo copyright Oxford Mail]
“Now that James Styring has stepped down as chairman of Cyclox, he is able to look back and assess the past decade for cyclists in Oxford.
And he counts the 2009 introduction of 20mph limits in the city centre, new cycle stands and improvements to The Plain, among his biggest achievements.
Not that it’s been easy, given the city’s often acrimonious relationship between vehicles and cycles as both attempt to share its winding, packed streets.
The East Oxford resident, 46, moved to Oxford from teaching in Spain in his mid-20s and soon fell under the spell of two wheels, helping to form Cyclox in 2003. …
NEW Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt said his key ambition is to extend its activities outside the city boundary.
He said: “We want to enable anyone in the Oxford city region to feel safe cycling here, using proper joined-up bicycle infrastructure.
“This includes the five miles reach-out beyond the ring road in every direction, taking in Abingdon, Eynsham, Woodstock, Kidlington, Islip and Wheatley.
“Cyclox’s mission is to persuade the councils to turn our aspirations of cycletopia in the Oxford city region into reality. …
Issues on Mr Hunt’s wishlist include:
- Improve the present network around the Oxford city region, to cater for and attract both more-confident and less experienced cyclists
- Optimise access by walkers and cyclists, especially noting the needs of families and the disabled, to and within the Frideswide Square/New Westgate/Science Oxford cluster. This has to include a good solution to the Botley Road Railway Bridge problem
- Include a bike hub and plentiful cycle parking as an integral part of the Covered Market/Turl Street future opportunities
- Incorporate improvements to cycling infrastructure at little or no extra cost as part of the regular road and pavement maintenance programme
- Promote responsible cycling, and the thank-you culture for shared space
- Highlight, especially to transport authorities, how street-space can be a first-class community resource in addition to its role in moving people and goods. This applies equally to ordinary residential streets as to the grander historical legacies that Oxford enjoys
- Ensure physical infrastructure will welcome families and the disabled. Tandems and tagalongs, tricycles, bikes with trailers, cargo bikes and so forth should all be able to pass through unobstructed, as well as conventional two-wheelers
- When someone starts a new job or moves into new accommodation, or a child starts a new school or patients and visitors work out their routes to healthcare sites, provide brief one-to-one advice how to make their journeys sustainably
- Celebrate Oxford as a premier cycling and walking city by public artworks, of all kinds
The County Council has nearly a million pounds to spend on making The Plain roundabout cycle-friendly and to encourage a step-change increase in cycling. The thousands of cars jostling along the narrow medieval streets around The Plain spell danger for the 5,000 cyclists using the junction every day. There have been 30 crashes leading to injuries in the past five years. Reported collisions are concentrated at the Cowley and Iffley Road entries, but the main bugbear is getting into the right-hand lane after Magdalen Bridge (heading east) so that you can cross to Cowley and Iffley Roads.
At a recent public Cyclox meeting, there was a clear call for segregation at the Plain, in other words completely separate paths for people on bikes. Read The Plain Cyclox Submission Oct 13.
Our annual report for 2012 is here: Cyclox Annual Review – Winter 2012-13 (web)
We lobby Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council for better conditions.
Students, professionals, mechanics, artists, writers, designers, community leaders, stay-at-home mums and dads, scientists, and even a few cycling fanatics are all part of Cyclox.