Background to DfT Active Travel Fund

Summary of previous Active Travel schemes delivered using the DfT’s Active Travel Fund

An introduction to our active travel measures

Following receipt of DfT Active Travel Emergency Funding and our own investment, we introduced a range of measures to support people getting back to work, school, shopping and leisure as lockdown restrictions gradually ease.   

£600,000 was 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 were to encourage more residents to choose active and sustainable forms of travel and to enable social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Phase 1 (May 2020 – September 2020)

Our phase 1 programme delivered:

  • Over 75 new cycle parking locations in all market towns and Oxford and including our park and rides where requested
  • Enhanced signage and road markings for cycle routes on approximately 56km of our highways and roads
  • Cycleway clearance and repair on approximately 48km of our highways and roads
  • Installation of temporary traffic measures or restrictions to prioritise people travelling by bike and on foot across in Witney, Wantage and Upton
  • Signal timings were changed over 22 sites to prioritise people travelling by bike or on foot in Oxford City

Road space reallocation to cyclists in Oxford including Magdalen Bridge and Abingdon Road, along with quiet routes from park and ride sites

Phase 2  (September 2020 - March 2022)

Oxfordshire County Council successfully received funding of £2.98 million from the Department for Transport as part of the Active Travel fund in November 2020.

The funding will enable a number of active travel schemes to be delivered between March 2021 and March 2022. Further details of these schemes can be found here.

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, Banbury, Didcot and Kidlington. These plans identify a long-term approach to developing local cycling and walking networks. 

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.

Existing problems with roads and paths

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