Cyclists use of The Plain Roundabout increases following £1.35m improvement project


The number of cyclists using The Plain roundabout in the centre of Oxford has increased since Oxfordshire County Council completed an improvement scheme at the landmark in May 2015.

The project included a new feeder lane specifically for cyclists entering the five-arm roundabout from the High Street as well as widening the pedestrian footpath and other physical improvements.

Results show a more than six per cent increase in cycle journeys through the roundabout between 2013 and 2016. Over a 12 hour period (07:00-19:00) around 10,800 cyclists used the roundabout in 2013. This rose to 11,500 in 2016.

The £1.35 project was paid for with Cycle City Ambition grant money that the county council won as part of a bidding process to central Government. It began in January 2015 and was completed in May 2015.

Increasingly popular

Councillor David Nimmo-Smith, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment & Economy, said: “It is a pleasure to see that The Plain is increasingly popular with cyclists who are using the area in increasing numbers.

“We will continue to monitor The Plain to see what future trends show. However for now, a year and a half on from the completion of the work, we are pleased with the results and the investment we made.”