Cycle path extension and new crossing proposed for Garsington Road

People who use Oxford’s busy Garsington Road (B480) are invited to share their views on proposals designed to make cycling and walking safer for residents and local businesses.

From today (28 February) until Wednesday 27 March, Oxfordshire County Council is asking for people’s views on extending the cycle path on Garsington Road between Hollow Way and John Smith Drive on the southern side.

The council is proposing a new 200 metre stretch of cycleway, linking the existing sections, along with safer crossings. The feedback will help inform a county council cabinet decision on whether to approve the work.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport Management, said: “I encourage people to look at the proposals and help us understand the impact they’ll have. We believe change to travel and transport has a role to play in improving individual health and wellbeing. That’s why we’re working to make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to walk, wheel and cycle in Oxford and across the county, especially on some of our busiest routes.”

The proposals include replacing a crossing on the western side of Garsington Road/John Smith Drive Roundabout with a wider crossing with lights to give more space for people walking, wheeling, pushing prams or with bicycles; and installing a new crossing on the northern (Oxford Business Park entrance) and southern (John Smith Drive) arms of Garsington Road/John Smith Drive.

People can take part in an online survey on the county council’s digital engagement and consultation platform, Let’s talk Oxfordshire. The consultation closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 27 March 2024.

Subject to approval by the council’s cabinet, the proposed works would be carried out in the summer ahead of the planned traffic filters trial..

The project is funded by the government’s Active Travel Fund and would provide pedestrians, people using mobility aids, cyclists and school children safer crossing facilities and priority through the area in line with the UK Highway Code.

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