Active travel

Changes to help make journeys easier by bike and on foot as lockdown restrictions gradually ease.

We are introducing a range of measures to support people getting back to work, school, shopping and leisure as lockdown restrictions gradually ease.

£600,000 is being invested in a series of measures to help make journeys easier by bike and on foot. Temporary and permanent changes are being made to Oxfordshire’s cycling infrastructure, footpaths and parts of the road network to encourage more residents to choose active and sustainable forms of travel and to enable social distancing.

Phase 1

Over the next two months the focus will be on:

  • New cycle parking in all market towns and Oxford
  • Park and ride upgrades, with more room to park bikes
  • Freeing up routes for pedestrians only
  • Changing signal timings to prioritise people travelling by bike and on foot
  • Improved signage and road markings for cycle lanes
  • Enhanced maintenance for footpaths and cycle routes
  • Relocating bus stops to enable social distancing
  • Restricting hours of loading and servicing in key city centre streets

View a detailed list of planned changes below and our current work schedule for cycleways (pdf format, 133Kb).

Contact us

You can contact us on what is being proposed by using our online form.

Phase 2

Longer-term upgrades to the transport network are planned later this year as part of a £2.3m improvement programme, funded through the government’s active travel fund. This will support a range of schemes identified through a survey of county councillors and engagement with residents; district, town and parish councils; and local special interest groups.

Detailed phase 1 changes June - July

North and West Oxfordshire (Cherwell and West District areas)
Improvement Area/location
New cycle parking - all market towns  Up to 25 locations, including Banbury, Bicester, Chipping Norton, Witney, Woodstock, Burford, Charlbury, Bladon and Kingham
Install dashed markings to inform of cycle lanes including symbols and signs Locations within Banbury (Warwick Rd, Middleton Rd, Easington area), Kidlington (Evans Lane, Grovelands, Yarnton Rd, Lyne Rd, Benmead Rd, Almond Ave/Morton Ave), Bicester (Middleton Stoney Rd, Bucknell Road, Shakespeare Drive, Sheep Street)
Additional cycle parking to support park and pedal from park and ride sites Water Eaton and Bicester park and ride sites
Temporary traffic measures or restrictions to prioritise people travelling by bike and on foot Locations within Witney (Five Ways Roundabout, High Street), Chipping Norton, Bicester (Causeway, Fringford Rd, Middleton Stoney Rd, Launton Rd), Bampton, Kidlington (The Moors, Green Rd, Morton Ave, Almond Ave, Oxford Rd, Bicester Rd), Charlbury (The Slade), Banbury (Middleton Rd, Easington area)
Additional grass cutting on cycle routes Up to 2 additional grass cuts on key routes
Cycle lane refresh - all existing routes where required Market towns and interconnecting routes, including Enstone Road / Banbury Hill / B4437 / B4022
Southern Oxfordshire (South and Vale District areas)
Improvement Area/location
New cycle parking - all market towns  Up to 25 locations 
Install dashed markings to inform of cycle areas Didcot, Abingdon and Faringdon
Temporary traffic measures or restrictions to prioritise people travelling by bike and on foot 2 locations in Didcot
Thornhill park and pedal - extra cycle racks Thornhill Park and Ride
Remove A boards from narrow high streets Market towns
Cycle lane refresh - all existing routes where required Market towns and inter-connecting routes
Additional grass cutting on cycle routes  Up to 2 additional grass cuts on key routes
Oxford
Improvement Area/location
Additional cycle parking to support park and pedal from park and ride sites All park and rides serving Oxford
Additional cycle parking in the city centre Up to 40 locations 
Additional cycle parking in Oxford's district centres  Up to 40 locations, including Cowley, Headington and Summertown
Improved cycle route signage on key arterial routes  Main arterial routes
Creation of additional road space for people travelling by bike and on foot Abingdon Road 
Temporary traffic measures or restrictions to prioritise people travelling by bike and on foot Temple Road, Oxford Road Cowley, Rymers Lane, Little Hay Road, Cornwallis Road, Cowley Road, Marsh Road
Change signal timings to prioritise people travelling by bike and on foot High Street, St Aldates, St Giles, and District Centres including Botley, Cowley and Summertown
Limit hours of loading/servicing in key city centre streets High Street, St Aldates, Cowley Road  
Relocate bus stops to enable social distancing High Street, St Aldates, Cowley Road  
Undertake additional grass cutting and vegetation clearance on cycle routes  Up to 2 additional cuts on key routes
Refresh and improve cycle lane markings All city arterial routes, including Abingdon Road, Banbury Road, Iffley Road

Existing problems with roads and paths

You can report any existing street or path problems, through our online reporting tool Fixmystreet.