Banbury Active Travel Supporters (BATS) is a project set up by Banbury Community Action Group (BCAG), keen to promote cycling, walking, and clean air in Banbury. We are looking for others who share our aims, to join us.
BATS wants to see safe pavements and cycle lanes provided as through routes in Banbury, so that more people can choose to leave the car at home. Fewer cars on Banbury roads will also mean cleaner air: at present, in places Banbury has some of the most polluted roads in Oxfordshire.
We are already in contact with very helpful people at Sustrans (the main UK cycling charity), at Oxfordshire Cycling Network, Oxfordshire’s Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel, and at Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council.
It is clear that Banbury needs an Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) in order to guide improvements and attract funding for active travel. The County Council is responsible for highways, and for creating an LCWIP, but the more support and information we, as Banbury residents, can provide, the sooner it will happen.
Considerable work has already been done on which we can build, such as the excellent Sustrans cycle plan for Banbury, written back in 2009 but never implemented, and the more recent Ideas map from Banbury Star Cycling Club.
This is a campaign not just for cyclists and walkers, but for anyone concerned about air quality, the safety of our streets, reduction of traffic congestion and noise, and a healthier population generally.
It would be great if you could share suggestions for;
1) other groups we could approach to consult and work with;
2) ‘quick wins’, ie. places where roads could easily and cheaply be made safer for cyclists and pedestrians, and improvement tasks that would not require a substantial budget;
3) 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.
If those of you who walk or cycle in and around the town – or who don’t cycle around the town but would like to – wish to have a say in advance of our survey, then please do feel free to send us your comments: we’d really like to hear from you!
Families Active Sporting Together (FAST) Cycling / walking routes in Banbury https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/downloads/download/1404/fast-cycling-routes
Banbury Fringe, 10 mile Circular Walk https://www.cherwell.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/9695/banbury-fringe-walk.pdf