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Making it possible for more people to choose to cycle or walk for their journeys in Oxford, because it feels safe, enjoyable and convenient, is a crucial element of improving Oxford’s transport network and environment.

Travelling by foot or bicycle has many benefits to our health and the environment, but the volume of vehicles on our roads, and the improvements still needed to the cycle network deters many people from cycling or walking. It was clear in the first Covid-19 lockdown that when there is less traffic on the roads, more people start cycling and walking.

The Connecting Oxford plans are designed to remove as many barriers as possible to cycling and walking by coordinating different activities and providing a walking and cycling network that is continuous and high-quality.

Funds from central government will pay for immediate improvements to the cycling and walking infrastructure when the Workplace Parking Levy begins. Then, once operational, the levy generates its own revenue which funds further improvement to cycling and walking routes within the city, also made possible through less traffic on the roads.

This could mean cycle lanes that are wider and more clearly separated from the road and located in parts of Oxford which are less well served by cycle lanes at present.

This map shows the proposed, much more developed cycling and walking network for Oxford in 2050 and Connecting Oxford will allow work to start on some of the routes now.

This map is taken from Oxford’s approved Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which you can read in this online document: Oxford LCWIP.

If you would like to register for more information about cycling or walking infrastructure or to be involved in any future consultations or debates about them, please let us know on this site: register views and news.

A map showing a high quality connected cycling and walking network in Oxford envisaged by 2050

You can see the map in more detail by going to this webpage: Oxford Cycling & Walking network.