Oxford City Council to invest £20,000 relining five miles of Oxford’s cycle network

Published: Tuesday, 1st March 2016

Oxford City Council is set to invest £20,000 relining five miles of Oxford’s cycle network.

The work, which will start this month (March), will see parts of the following routes relined and new cycle symbols added:

  • Botley Road
  • Abingdon Road
  • Magdalen Bridge
  • Longwall Street
  • Woodstock Road
  • Marston Road

The investment is on top of the £340,000 that the City Council has already spent to improve Oxford’s cycle network since 2012.

This project, called Oxford Cycle City, included installing new cycle signage in Headington, cycle training for inexperienced riders and the removal of barriers along the cycle network.

Oxford has the second highest rate of residents who cycle to work of any local authority area in England and Wales.

In 2011, 17 per cent of Oxford residents cycled to work – up two percentage points from 15 per cent in 2001.

Oxford City Council’s investment in the city’s cycle network aims to add value to Oxfordshire County Council’s work.

The County Council is the highways authority in Oxford and is responsible for upgrading and maintaining the majority of cycle tracks, on-road cycle facilities, and the identification and creation of new cycle routes.

Councillor Alex Hollingsworth, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for Planning, Transport and Regulatory Services, said: “We are committed to make cycling a safe and convenient option for as many people as possible.

“It’s really important to make sure that everyone – cyclists and others – are clear about where cycle tracks are. This re-lining work will help to do that.”