Cycling to Botley

The shops along Botley Road and at Botley are significant destinations, but the surroundings aren’t exactly pleasant (so people will tend to cycle rather than walk). Botley Road is also a cycle commuting corridor. The cycle track needs to be improved to be effective both as a fast route and a “quiet” route.

Lamarsh Road: replace steps with a ramp (this is the access to the warehouse shops). This may need the pavement to be raised. When houses are built on the south side of Lamarsh Road, we hope this pavement will be widened, and connect to a cycle track through the development to King George’s Playing Field.

Earl Street-Lamarsh Road: convert to cycle track (ie legalise cycling for the short stretch from Earl Street to the existing cycle track)

Earl Street-Lamarsh Road: narrow the turning lane to make enough room for a cycle lane in addition to the cycle track on the pavement (keep fast cyclists on the road)

PC World: widen pavement into shrubbery. Given the lack of space, it would be better for the cycle track to be unsegregated from Earl Street to the bus stop. Beyond the bus stop, divert cyclists and pedestrians to the back pavement (to be in a better position to cross Lamarsh Road).

Lamarsh Road: move the crossing one car-length back from the main road, and provide a traffic island. After the crossing (just past the first tree), make a diagonal link to the front pavement for cyclists.

Lamarsh Road – Wickes access: narrow the turning lane and refuges to make enough room for a cycle lane, as well as the cycle track on the pavement (keep fast cyclists on the road).

Wickes access: move the crossing one car-length back from the main road, provide a traffic island, and create a link to upper path on the far side. Road cyclists tend to join the cycle track just beyond the junction.