February 11 2017
A civic society has warned that new roads circumnavigating the £440m renovated Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford could be deadly for cyclists.
Oxford Civic Society says the corners are often too tight, meaning there is little room for vehicles and unnecessary conflict with bikes.
The society warns that at its narrowest point, one of the road’s corners will leave just 60cm between passing buses.
The group has taken its concerns to the county council, who say the plans are safe, but the Oxford Times discovered that one of the bus companies is seeking an ‘urgent’ explanation.
Civic society chairman Peter Thompson said: “Our issue is about the numbers of buses and the capacity for the roads to accommodate them all without causing massive obstructions or accidents.
“If you put into the equation the fact there will be cyclists mixed up with that, and these really tight corners, we think it is a recipe for disaster.
“These things are a consequence of the way they have tried to fill the site as much as possible with the buildings.
“You can argue it shouldn’t waste space but to compromise safety by designing it to gain a few square metres is pretty reprehensible.”