Improvements to cycling and walking for Banbury being planned


A plan is being created to identify the infrastructure improvements needed to enable people to cycle and walk more

A plan to enable us to cycle and walk more within Banbury and from our local villages is about to be created.

Officers at both Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council are beginning work on a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) for the town. The work will be jointly funded and managed by both councils.

The goal of the plan will be to identify the infrastructure improvements needed to enable people to cycle and walk more. It also aims to help win funding for a better cycling and walking infrastructure.

Councillor Yvonne Constance, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are committed to encouraging active, healthy and sustainable modes of travel, such as cycling, which benefit everybody by helping to reduce air pollution, noise pollution and greenhouse gases.

“Additional advantages for those who cycle as part of their everyday routine include improved physical and mental health, with associated gains of increased productivity and reduced sickness absence. Encouraging cycling, walking and active travel as a whole is an integral part of the council’s priorities to create healthy places and take meaningful climate action.”

The idea has received support from the local environmental pressure group Banbury Community Action.    The views of the wider public will be sought in the late spring and summer.

Work is currently being implemented on similar plans that have already been created for Bicester and Witney.

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