Working to make Oxford a better place for people on foot


Meetings:

Our next meeting will be the Members-only Winter Party with Cyclox at 7.30 pm on January 30th at St Michael at the North Gate.

(Note that this will be the 5th Tuesday in the month not our usual 4th!)

Live issues:

Hope at last?  Research commissioned by our Councils has been focusing on how to make Oxford's streets "less unpleasant" places to walk in. Could this concern for quality of life rather than maximising traffic flow be the start of a new planning era ? There are even suggestions of a congestion charge and reduction in the "dominance of buses". See the Oxford Times of January 11th.

Healthy Streets. Transport for London (TfL) has published a Guide to ten indicators of Healthy Streets as places that attract pedestrians from all walks of life and where people prefer to walk, cycle, or use public transport. TfL has also provided a checklist for designers to rate their plans for street layouts against Healthy Street criteria.

OxPA goes walkabout. We have begun a series of street audits to identify what could be done to make life easier and safer for pedestrians of all ages and abilities. See our comments on Cowley Road and Botley Road.

Buses in Oxford - a solution, or part of the problem? See the comments at our discussion meeting.

Hope for St Giles. Together with Oxford Civic Society and Cyclox we are pressing for a major revision of what could be one of Oxford's most beautiful public spaces. See St Giles Report.

Queen Street U-turn. Buses, taxis and bicycles were to be banned from Queen Street. Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet, overruling an earlier decision, decreed that the street should be fully pedestrianized. Higher authority has now decided otherwise. The concern is possible danger to the large numbers of shoppers expected to visit the new Westgate Shopping Centre.

See our News section for information on other events at local and national level.

Publications:

Oxford on Foot. See here for more information about this popular OxPA book - £6.00 + £1.00 post and packing.

A More Walkable Oxford. OxPA's prescription for what needs to be done to create a better environment for pedestrians in Oxford. Price £2.50 including postage (see shop) or free download.

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