Botley Road plans – Cyclox Headline Response

This is the Cyclox Headline Response to the Botley Road proposals.  For further details, please see our draft response.

1. Design of cycle paths
Cross sectional diagrams suggest that the cycle paths are not going to be semi-segregated and we are objecting strongly to this. Substantial sections of the cycle paths are planned to be on-road, and without any form of segregation or colour demarcation. On-carriageway cycle lanes that depend on a painted line alone present unacceptable risks for cycle users and encourage close passing.   There has to be some form of physical segregation along the whole length of the project, without any physically unprotected segments.

2. Side road entry
We are pleased to see continuous foot-and-cycle paths across side roads, though the design shown needs substantial improvement. Incursion into the cycle track by a left turning vehicle must be prevented. There is a special risk of unacceptable threat for left-turning motor vehicles if the cycle path is on road (see above). There should be some form of effective segregation at that point, or a blended crossing.

3. On road carriageway width
We are pleased to see that there is quite significant reallocation of space where it is possible.  We would like to see the carriageway width minimised along the whole route. Sometimes it is 3.75m and sometime 3.25. We would like to see a consistent 3.25m width.

4. Signalled junctions
We are asking for cycle advance stops and cycle advance green on all traffic lighted junctions.  The junction with the Eynsham Rd is still under review so we are making some suggestions. The junction with the A420 slip road is very complex and is particularly important to get right. We are suggesting some changes in our response.

5. Traffic speed
We would like to see 20mph along the whole length of Botley Road right out to the Eynsham Road, but if that isn’t supported then we urge the county to make the speed limit 20mph  round Westway and the road east from Bulstake Bridge, which will improve the experience for cycle users around the Waitrose entry and exit.

6. Traffic modelling for reduced private car journeys
The plans assume no reduction in traffic flow. This is unrealistic given that within 10 years we must see a big reduction in private vehicles as we move away from single occupant journeys in private cars. We strongly urge that plans should model for reduced traffic to make the road less congested, less polluted and safer for all users.

7. Audits of plans: Cycling Level of Service (CLoS); non-motorised user (NMU) audit; road safety audit (RSA)
Nowhere in the exhibition plans was there any indication that they have been independently professionally audited for adherence to CLoS requirements; or been subjected to NMU and RSA audits.  When will these audits be completed, by whom, and when will Officer responses to them be published? Stakeholders including Cyclox, wish to receive, and to have the chance to comment on, these audits, including all four Stages of RSA, as soon as they are complete.