Have your say on updated plans to improve walking and cycling in Banbury

People who live in or visit Banbury are being asked for their views on detailed plans to encourage cycling and walking in and around the town.

Oxfordshire County Council has started its second and final consultation for the Banbury Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), which will set out how to improve the town’s active travel network over the next 10 years.

Councillor Andrew Gant, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Management, said: “We are grateful to the people who took part in our consultation in May, and we would urge them – and others – to get involved again to see the plans in full, including more details about the proposed walking routes.

“Our aim is to prioritise active travel, such as cycling and walking, over road capacity for cars. Projects like this Banbury LCWIP show practical ways that we can help people to reduce their reliance on cars for short journeys, and helps the council tackle climate action, improve air quality and create a healthier Oxfordshire.

“The feedback we receive from the public, from businesses and other organisations will help us make these proposals a success. We want as many people as possible to take part so we can develop a better-connected active travel network.”

People can take part in the consultation, including the full document and maps of suggested routes within Banbury and connections to neighbouring villages, at letstalk.oxfordshire.gov.uk/banbury-lcwip until 26 February.

Anyone wanting more information can attend a drop-in session at Banbury Town Hall on Wednesday 1 February, 11am - 5pm.

LCWIPs help councils identify where transport infrastructure – such as cycleways and pedestrian crossings – should be implemented or improved to enable residents to cycle and walk safely and conveniently over the next 10 years. They also increase the chances of securing funds from the government and developers for active travel infrastructure.

If approved, the Banbury plan would follow on from LCWIPs in Oxford, Bicester, and Kidlington, while others are proposed for Abingdon and Witney.

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