Active travel

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

An introduction to our active travel measures

Following receipt of DfT Active Travel Emergency Funding and our own investment, 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
  • parts of the road network.

These changes are to encourage more residents to choose active and sustainable forms of travel. And to enable social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Phase 1 (June - August 2020)

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

Find out how we are getting on with the active travel measures.

Contact us

Respond to our proposals through the active travel consultation.

Phase 2  (September 2020 - March 2021)

We're developing a wider set of active travel schemes as part of a funding bid to the Department for Transport's Active Travel Emergency Fund. The fund supports plans to reallocate road space to cyclists and pedestrians. And to create an environment that is safer for walking and cycling. 

See further details of the schemes to be included in the bid.

Sustainable travel programme

Work continues on our broader plans to increase cycling, walking and sustainable travel across the county.

We are delivering an ambitious programme in partnership with our city and district council partners. It includes:

  • Streets for Schools to support a safe return to schools in September
  • 20mph speed limits to slow down traffic in local communities
  • temporary bus gates in Oxford city centre to reduce congestion and facilitate faster bus journeys. 

Local walking and cycling plans

We're investing over £20 million in cycling and walking routes across the county. We're making local cycling and walking plans (LCWIPs) for Oxford, Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot and Kidlington. These plans identify a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks. 

The Cabinet approved the Oxford LCWIP (pdf format, 5 MB) in March 2020. We developed this plan in partnership with Oxford City Council and local cycling and walking groups. It sets out a comprehensive city-wide cycling and walking network comprising over 100 miles of cycle and walking routes. 

Botley to Eynsham cycle path

Planning work is underway for a three-mile cycle path along the B4044 between Botley and Eynsham.

Wantage to Harwell cycle path

The Science Vale Cycle Network (SVCN) is a major scheme designed to provide sustainable travel across the area. Once complete, this route will link Harwell Campus, Milton Park and Culham Science Centre with Didcot, Abingdon and Wantage. Construction has begun on the Icknield Greenway cycle route which links Wantage to Harwell. 

Our commitment

These major schemes reflect our commitment to creating a future for Oxfordshire, that is:

  • sustainable
  • inclusive 
  • resilient.

Our target is to increase cycling by 50% by 2031 and boost commuting by bike from 25% to 38%. 

We commit to:

  • reduce carbon emissions
  • support a sustainable recovery from the pandemic 
  • make Oxfordshire a healthy place to live and visit.

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.