Cycle Industry News)
Able to quickly cover its costs in return on investment, the OCN – a network of 29 local cycling organisations – calculates that, if approved, the network would be worth £112 million a year in health and journey time benefits alone.
Proposed for development is a 366-mile network designed specifically to reduce the county’s reliance on motor vehicles for easily cycled journeys.
“Our vision is that people of all abilities can choose to cycle anywhere, feeling safe and comfortable,” said Robin Tucker, Chair of OCN. The only proven way to achieve this is to have high quality routes linking places that people want to go.
“Instead of stop-starting in traffic jams, fretting about where to park, I can bike the five miles from home to Abingdon more quickly and more predictably. Plus, I will have done my exercise for the day.”
Calling for Dutch or German standard cycle path, the advocates first and foremost want to achieve safe conditions for all ages and abilities to make journeys by bike. Therefore, the lanes would feature smooth tarmac, at least 3 metres wide and separated from busy roads by a green verge. In town, cycle tracks would be separated from both pedestrians and motor vehicles, and would continue across junctions.
“All ages, all abilities. These are the four As of best-practice standards for cycling. The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark – and even Cambridge – have shown that this works. Now let’s bring similar 4A benefits to Oxfordshire,” added Simon Hunt, Chair of Cyclox.