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    WitneyGreen wrote:
    King Joke wrote:
    Firstly a cycle path virtually twice as long is not 'perfectly good' - who in their right mind would use it? It's a number of miles longer.

    Secondly who's to say that people cycling to Oxford are not 'vulnerable'? THey might be working or going to care for somebody else, and the bike may be their only transport.
    It's 7.2 miles from central Eynsham along the B4044, over the Toll Bridge, through Farmoor and Dean Court to Botley Road into central Oxford. Via the A40 it is 8.6 miles. I don't see why that isn't good enough for now. If money was no object I'd say build the new path tomorrow, but money IS tight - I'm just not sure a second cycle path serving a village of less than 5000 people is an absolute priority for funding.
    It's still a tiny fraction of the road budget for Oxfordshire. This budget has noting to do with any other budgets.

    How its spent is a matter or priorities. You could perhaps resurface a small part of a busy road for the same amount of cash. There's plenty of roads that are 'perfectly good' but then get many millions spent on improvements.

    Even if this investment is made spending on cycle infrastructure will remain a tiny proportion of the road budget."
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£30,000 boost for Eynsham cycle path into Oxford + Video

Bike Safe chairman Ian Leggett looks at plans for the cycle path with John Griffin and Graham Smith                           Pictures: OX63950 David Fleming

Bike Safe chairman Ian Leggett looks at plans for the cycle path with John Griffin and Graham Smith Pictures: OX63950 David Fleming

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering North Oxford, Jericho and Summertown. Call me on 01865 425498

PLANS for an Eynsham to Oxford cycle path are speeding up, thanks to a £30,000 cash injection.

Bike Safe has received £5,000 from Vale of the White Horse District Council and £25,000 from the Department for Communities and Local Government, after it applied for funding.

The proposed route would follow the A420 from Swinford roundabout, outside Eynsham, to Dean Court, Oxford, where it would link up with city cycle paths.

Group chairman and Farmoor resident Ian Leggett said the money would be spent on putting together detailed plans that could be submitted to the county council.

The father-of-three said: “We have been campaigning for this for a couple of years, so we are absolutely delighted.

“If we can secure funding for construction quickly enough then this could be ready to go before the end of the year.”

The group currently estimates the final cost will be about £1.25m.

Mr Leggett added: “Oxfordshire presents itself as the cycling centre of the UK but we spend far less on it than they do in London.

“That is disgraceful and needs to change.”

Farmoor councillor Janet Godden, of Oxfordshire County Council, said she would champion the scheme at county level when it comes forward for consideration.

She said: “I hope it will demonstrate how this sort of path is much more than a leisure route.

“It is also a key economic one for those who wish to cycle to work and the path will make it much safer for everyone, cyclists and drivers.

“Bike Safe has shown real drive and commitment to this project, so I wish them well.”

But county council cabinet member for environment David Nimmo Smith said that funding would have to come from central government and that the route length should be reduced.

He said: “To secure the funding from central government you have to show it is really on an economic route.

“Eynsham residents can already use the cycle path on the A40 if they wish to cycle into Oxford.

“It has been suggested to campaigners that they reduce the size of the route to go from Farmoor to Botley instead, as it is more likely to gain funding.”

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