Banbury Community Action Group

Banbury Active Travel Supporters – BATS

BATS . . who are we?

Banbury Active Travel Supporters (BATS) is a project set up by Banbury Community Action Group (BCAG). We are a group of local people based in Banbury interested in making our public thoroughfares safer and more accessible for all active travellers (cyclists, walkers and people needing to use wheelchairs or other mobility aids).

Everyone in Banbury would benefit if there was less air and noise pollution. Less use of petrol and diesel vehicles would make Banbury a safer, healthier and friendlier place to live and work.

This is a campaign not just for cyclists and walkers but for anyone concerned about air quality, the safety of our streets, traffic congestion and noise.

Got any suggestions or ideas? Email us and let us know about:

  • other groups we could approach to consult and work with
  • “Quick wins”. How small changes could be easily and cheaply carried out to make travelling in and around Banbury easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • safe cycle and walking routes in Banbury – bearing in mind that the most popular destinations are schools, rail station, bus station, shops and leisure centres

Want to write to a local councillor about an active travel issue? We have a contact list here and a set of template letters here.

We support:

  • general improvements to public transport e.g. more frequent and reliable services especially using buses which have low emissions.
  • easy access to public transport links to make car-free journeys easier e.g. safer walking and cycling routes to bus stops and the railway station.
  • improvements to infrastructure to make roads and pathways more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. We like smooth, wide and unobstructed pavements and pedestrian crossings where we don’t have to wait minutes before starting to cross . . and even then we might only get half way, where we have to wait again, gasping for clean air. We also want cycle routes that are clearly signed, direct, safe, comfortable and attractive.
  • calmer traffic and less of it. Did you know that 64% of vehicles in 2022 had only ONE occupant?
  • lower speed limits: 20mph in residential areas.

Walks and rides

Families Active Sporting Together (FAST) Cycling / walking routes in Banbury

Banbury Fringe, 10 mile Circular Walk

Komoot Walks and rides all over the place . . create your own and share them too.

Mapmyride Similar to Komoot but not so many rides near Banbury.

Local walks around Banbury: banbury

Cherwell District Council Circular Walks and Historic Trails

Local walks

Useful links

Cycling groups

Banbury Star Cycling Club

Bicester Bike Users Group

Cycling UK Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Cycling Network (OCN) Robin Tucker

Oxfordshire Cycling Network (OCN) includes members from 30 cycling and supporting organisations in the county. OCN represents the 180,000 people in the county who cycle regularly and the 480,000 who would cycle if it were safe, convenient and pleasant.

Schemes are still being developed, both by authorities in the county and by private developers that fall short of the needs of people who want to cycle to work, to school or for other reasons.  If you would like to help, please email OCN, or follow us on Twitter at @OxonCyclingNet. Part of Cycling UK

Active travel at street level

20’s Plenty Campaign

Active Oxfordshire https:// www.activeoxfordshire. org/who-we-are

At Active Oxfordshire, we are passionate about finding sustainable approaches to fighting inactivity and challenging health inequalities. We focus our key interventions on increasing physical activity opportunities for children and young people, older people, people living with health conditions or disabilities and people affected by mental health difficulties. We also adopt a place based approach to these interventions and, through partners, focus on the ten wards experiencing the highest levels of deprivation across Oxfordshire.

COHSAT: The Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel Oxfordshire

CoHSAT is a group of voluntary and campaigning organisations working across Oxfordshire to create attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets. We do this by encouraging efficient, active, low carbon and sustainable travel, which will reduce traffic, air pollution and noise, and enable healthy and thriving communities. CoHSAT’s role is to amplify member and partner voices, facilitate discussion, and increase engagement on healthy streets and active travel across Oxfordshire.

Associated organisations:


Oxford Friends of the Earth

Oxfordshire Liveable Streets

We advocate integrated transport systems that put active modes first, supplemented by public transport options. We call for pedestrianized city and town centres, as well as an end to rat-running in residential neighbourhoods.

Council contacts

How to report a pothole on using Fix My Street (Oxfordshire)

Oxfordshire Active Travel Promoting walking & cycling in Oxfordshire

Joaquim Muntané, Active and Healthy Travel Officer Oxfordshire County Council Mobile: 07526973012

Oxfordshire Local Transport and Connectivity Plan


  1. I Dooley

    I Would love to walk along Bloxham Rd OX169JR without being splashed by mud from speeding articulated lorries, as would many other pedestrians, cyclists, families and dog walkers.
    I believe this road may be due for resurfacing, however more
    tree planting, bollards to deter lorries driving on the footpaths could make the experience a better quality of life for all of us!
    I wonder if we could campaign for a cleaner quieter road with a Speed Camera?
    Even bolder, reduce the legal speed limit to 20 near the five schools nearby
    Like Bloxham itself?
    thank you

  2. jane rogers

    A quick update: Cherwell District Council have now commissioned an LCWIP, and a number of us are volunteering to walk and cycle various key routes in Banbury which need improving to make them safer and more accessible. Please do get in touch if you would like to help. The LCWIP will be put out to public consultation in July, so then is your chance to comment and give feedback.

  3. Richard Sykes

    A couple of questions:
    i. Does BATS have a view on ASLs? They’re a mixed blessing, but arguably a visible commitment to prioritising cyclists’ safety. I can’t think of any in Banbury.

    ii. Is BATS pressing for the introduction of more cycle parking stations in the town centre and at parks, and other leisure locations? There don’t seem to be many. And they’re certainly not routinely provided, even in smaller numbers, at some places one might expect to find them. As one example – Grimsbury Community Centre has been a vaccination point in the last several months. When I cycled to my first appointment I had to lock my bike to a tree. Not a cycle rack to be seen.

    When I contacted CD&SNC in April 2019 about the lack of bike racks I had a reply from Tom Duckham which included the following:

    ‘I’m sorry you were unable to find any bike racks, unfortunately a recent scheme by Oxfordshire County Council to improve the paving surrounding the trees in the town centre meant that most of our bike racks were removed. The new flexi-pave system which was installed isn’t suitable to anchor/fix the racks back in, therefore we need to find new areas suitable to house replacement bike racks.

    I’m sourcing products and will ensure more racking is installed in the town centre in the coming weeks.’

    Does anybody know of new bike racks installed in Banbury since April 2019?

  4. Simon Park

    Although not highways related, there is a new installation at Banbury Railway Station of two tier secure racks and a pump and tool station. This is a significant improvement on the previous racks and could be used to securely park up as the station is central to the Town.

  5. Charlie

    Would it be possible to get Dr bike to Banbury to help keen cyclists who are lapsed get their bikes roadworthy?


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