Simon MacMichael August 30 2016
Campaigners say stance of police and council in Oxfordshire shows exactly why off-road path is needed
A group in Oxfordshire campaigning for a safe cycling and walking route along a busy road have been told by the police and local council that they cannot hold a planned Sunday afternoon ride there next month – because it is too dangerous.
Bike Safe has been fighting for the route on the B4044 between the village of Eynsham and Botley on the western fringe of Oxford for five years now.
The ride along the 5 kilometre stretch of road, which passes through Farmoor, was to have formed part of a Fun Day Out the group is organising in Eynsham.
However, on its website, the group says: “Oxfordshire County Council and Thames Valley Police have declared that the B4044 is too dangerous for our planned Sunday afternoon cycle ride, walk or run from Botley to Eynsham on September 11th.”