Quickways cycle route consultation

Cycle routes linking key destinations via main routes into the city centre

The Oxford quickway cycle route Traffic Regulation Order statutory consultation is open until midnight on 4 December 2021. It is specific to the planned road use changes that would be made to particular roads in order for the cycle lanes to operate safely and efficiently for everyone.

As a key part of the overall active travel programme, we are proposing to introduce quickways routes to some of the main highways in Oxford. This will make cycling safer and smoother across the city with fewer delays.

Quickways are continuous and well-designed cycle lanes on main routes to improve traffic flow and safety, with revision of speed limits where necessary to ease flow and boost safety for all our road users. They are a key part of the wider Active Travel initiative, to establish a dual choice cycle network for direct cycling (answering to Policy OC10 in the Oxfordshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan). The project is funded by the Department for Transport (Active Travel Fund Tranche 2).

Oxford’s historic streets and built density mean that it is not always possible to create fully separate cycle lanes, so where road width allows the preferred option is to create a minimum 1.5m width cycle lane at the side of the highway. This can be achieved through using space that already exists at the roadside, though it will reduce some on-street parking options. Additionally, there will be advanced stop lines at traffic light junctions and pedestrian crossings.

Key dates

  • 20 September 2021- Informal consultation opens
  • 31 October 2021 - Informal consultation closed
  • 11 November 2021 - Traffic Regulation Order statutory consultation opens
  • 10 December 2021 - Traffic Regulation Order statutory consultation closes
  • 23 December 2021 - Cabinet member decision
  • Spring/Summer 2022 - On-street implementation

The Oxford quickway cycle route consultation has been extended by two weeks and will now remain open until midnight on 31 October 2021.

Go to the consultation

For further questions you can contact: quickways@oxfordshire.gov.uk or, for general information, speak to our customer service team: 01865 792422

Proposed quickways Traffic Regulation Order is for:

  • Banbury Road/St Giles (waiting restrictions/car parking space removal, clearways – a stretch of road where stopping or parking a vehicle is restricted)
  • Church Cowley Road/Between Towns Road (mandatory cycle lanes, clearway, 20 mph speed limits and waiting restrictions)
  • Cowley Road/Oxford Road (Zebra crossing, clearway, 20 mph speed limits and waiting restrictions)
  • Donnington Bridge Road (20 mph speed limits, clearway and waiting restrictions)
  • Iffley Road/Henley Avenue/Rose Hill (mandatory cycle lanes, clearway, 20 mph speed limits, road layout changes (Iffley Turn) and waiting restrictions)
  • Marston Road (mandatory cycle lanes, 20 mph speed limits, clearway, side road entry treatments, and waiting restrictions)
  • Morrell Avenue/Warneford Lane (mandatory cycle lanes and waiting restrictions)
  • St Clement’s Street (mandatory cycle lanes, 20 mph speed limits and waiting restrictions)
  • Parks Road: Quietway (a well-connected cycle route – to link to Banbury Road/St Giles quickway, with similar principles as quickways but following highway routes with lower traffic activity and less direct)
  • Abingdon Road (20mph speed limit)

The consultation and all related plans are available on Let’s Talk Oxfordshire, under the “Highway traffic regulation orders and public notices” heading.