We have ambitious plans to give residents more options for travel as outlined in our county-wide Local Transport and Connectivity Plan. By supporting and encouraging active travel – walking and cycling – we can help improve people’s health and wellbeing, reduce traffic congestion and help address the climate crisis.
- Walking to school is now easier with local initiatives designed to make it safer and more enjoyable. Getting to school without a car
- Initiatives that support travelling for work or leisure by foot, bike or on public transport are better for the environment and your health. Different ways to travel for work or leisure
- Initiatives that make it easier and safer to travel help us make different decisions. Safer and healthier travel
Active Travel Strategy
Our Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP), adopted by full council in July 2022, includes our Active Travel Strategy (ATS) (pdf format, 455Kb).
The Active Travel Strategy focuses on active travel modes (walking, wheeling and cycling), which are key to delivering our transport plans for the next 10 years.
The strategy includes 79 actions for active travel which are organised around 13 different areas. The areas include council transformation, collaboration and engagement, data, design guidance, network development and accessibility.
It also sets a county-wide target to increase the number of cycle trips to 1 million per week by 2031, from our current level of 600,000 cycle trips per week.
Walking and cycling design standards
In 2017 we adopted the following design standards:
We are currently working on an update of these county-specific standards, following the publication of relevant national guidance such as LTN 1/20 and Inclusive Mobility. In the meantime, information on how to use our design standards in the development process can be found on our section on Transport Development Control (TDC).
Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs)
In 2017 the Government published its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy. It sets out the Government’s ambition to make walking and cycling the natural choices for shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey.
LCWIPs are a strategic approach to identifying cycling and walking improvements at the local level. They enable a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks over the next ten years and form a vital part of the Government’s strategy to increase the number of trips made on foot or by cycle.
- set out an analysis of the current network and opportunities for improvements
- contain a network plan for walking and cycling which identifies preferred routes and core routes for further development
- contain a prioritised programme of infrastructure improvements for future investment.
LCWIPs will assist local authorities to:
- identify cycling and walking infrastructure improvements for future investment in the short, medium and long term
- ensure that consideration is given to cycling and walking within local planning and transport policies and strategies
- make a case for future funding for walking and cycling infrastructure.
The National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018) supports the introduction of LCWIPs. The framework states that planning policies should:
"provide for high-quality walking and cycling networks and supporting facilities such as cycle parking (drawing on local cycling and walking infrastructure plans)."
We have developed and approved LCWIPs for the following locations:
Oxford – approved by Cabinet on 17 March 2020
- Oxford Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (docx format, 3.6Mb)
- Oxford LCWIP cycle and walking network map (pdf format, 4.6 Mb)
Bicester – approved by Cabinet on 15 September 2020
- Bicester LCWIP Town (update 2023) (pdf format, 846Kb)
- Bicester LCWIP Town and Villages map (Update 2023) (pdf format, 1.5Mb)
- Bicester Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (pdf format, 3.5Mb)
- Bicester LCWIP town map (pdf format, 2.8Mb)
- Bicester LCWIP town and villages map (pdf format, 3Mb)
Kidlington – approved by Cabinet on 18 January 2022
Abingdon – approved by Cabinet Member for Highway Management on 23 February 2023
- Abingdon Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (pdf format, 4.9Mb)
- Abingdon LCWIP key maps (pdf format, 2.3Mb)
Witney – approved by Cabinet Member for Highway Management on 23 March 2023
We are currently working on the development of the following LCWIPs:
- Chipping Norton
Going forward, LCWIPs will also be considered for other towns of the county as funding or opportunities arise.
Strategic Active Travel Network (SATN)
We are also developing a strategic active travel network to link villages to towns and towns to town, primarily focused on creating comfortable safe cycle routes.
The active travel fund
The Department for Transport's active travel fund supports plans to reallocate road space to cyclists and pedestrians and create an environment that is safer for walking and cycling. Since 2020 we’ve secured over £3 million of funding, including additional funds from OxLEP to deliver:
- improved and new cycle routes in Bicester and Witney
- six low traffic neighbourhoods – read more about the Cowley low traffic neighbourhoods, the East Oxford low traffic neighbourhoods
- Quietways through the LTNs
- five Quickways – read more about the Oxford City Quickways
- 20mph routes in the City along Cowley Road/Oxford Road, Iffley Road/Henley Avenue/Rose Hill, St Clement's Street, Donnington Bridge Road/Weirs Lane, Marston Road, Morrell Avenue, Between Towns Road/Church Cowley Road, and Abingdon Road
Oxfordshire Cycling Survey 2019
We did the Oxfordshire Cycle Survey 2019 (pdf format, 824Kb) survey to support the production of Oxfordshire’s LCWIPs.
What we wanted to understand:
- Cyclists’ main problems when cycling in terms of location and type of problem.
- Cyclists’ route choice in terms of road types and paths.
- Factors (gender, age, cyclist experience) that affect cyclists’ route choice.
The data from the survey was used extensively in the Oxford LCWIP and will be used to prepare other future LCWIPs.