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Some local and national news items and information of interest to Pedestrians.


Congestion Charge for Oxford?
Although the leader of the City Council rejected the idea, 58% of the public responding to an Oxford Times on-line poll were in favour of a congestion charge to provide funds for improvements to Oxford's traffic problems.
Cyclopathic behaviour
Oxford pedestrians injured by law-breaking cyclists. See Oxford Times reports.

Top Oxford cyclist condemns reckless pavement cycling. See Oxford Mail feature.
City danger zones
OxPA lists the danger spots and what needs to be done about them.


Commuting by walking or cycling may be good for your health.
A national study finds that commuting to work on foot was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Cycling was associated in addition with lower cancer risk and all-cause mortality. See abstract from the British Medical Journal.
Government initiatives on shared space.
Proposals for the redesign of Frideswide Square have included some sharing of space between pedestrians and cyclists. See Department for Transport webpage for access to reports of research and design guidance for local authorities considering shared space.
Pavement parking ban call by Guide Dogs charity
Motorists should be banned from parking on pavements because the practice forces vulnerable pedestrians to walk in the road, campaigners have said. See BBC report.
"Perhaps urban speeding will become as scorned as drink driving"
An article in The Economist takes an optimistic view of trends in car speeds.
Pedestrian crossings need retiming
Most older people in England cannot cross the road in the time allowed on pedestrian crossings. See summary of report.
20 mph zones reduce deaths and injuries!
See the summary report from the British Medical Journal.
Making the case for investment in the walking environment. A review of the evidence.
Living Streets commissioned this important study by the University of the West of England.
Department of Health:
Walking is good for you! See the evidence and DoH guidance
Department for Transport:
Guidance to local councils to consider 20mph limits.

Encouragement to stopping pavement parking.
National Audit Office:
Report on Improving Road Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Great Britain (2009).


How the car industry outlawed crossing the road.
"Streets are for cars and children need to stay out of them". How the American car industry
created the "crime" of jaywalking. BBC Magazine report.
Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health.
The 2012 research report from the OECD International Transport Forum sets the agenda for national governments to improve city environments for everyone.


20 mph in Texas
Thanks to OxPA member Bess Mullard for this inspiring postcard from the Lone Star State.
"Murder most foul"
JS Dean, President of the Pedestrians Association (now Living Streets) wrote this wonderful protest against the injustice of the slaughter of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads in 1947.

Many of Dean's arguments are still relevant today - although his linking of the motor car industry to fascism is now, one hopes, of purely historical interest.

Thanks to OxPA Member Tristram Wyatt for finding this interesting item on the Web.