New lit sign to go up to stop wrong-way cyclists

thisisoxfordshire: County council leader Ian Hudspeth receives the petition from Tom Hayes Picture: OX66472 Marc West Buy this photo County council leader Ian Hudspeth receives the petition from Tom Hayes Picture: OX66472 Marc West

A PETITION calling on Oxfordshire County Council to improve signs to prevent cyclists travelling the wrong way down a street has been handed in.

Residents in Rectory Road have signed the document which asks the council to emphasise more clearly an instruction for cyclists to not enter the road from the Cowley Road end.

The street is one-way, with traffic flowing from St Clement’s Street.

Tom Hayes, who is standing for Labour in Oxford City Council’s May 22 elections in St Clements ward, gave the petition in to council leader Ian Hudspeth last Tuesday.

Mr Hayes said residents had raised concerns with him the fact that cyclists were travelling the wrong way down the road, putting both their safety and the safety of pedestrians at risk.

Of the 72 houses in the street, 50 people signed the petition.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed it will put an illuminated “no entry” sign on the road and will repaint worn road markings to help combat the problem.

It hopes to complete the work by the end next month.

Mr Hayes said: "Many residents have been telling me that cyclists going the wrong way down Rectory Road is a huge safety concern.

“I've talked to residents, door-to-door, collecting signatures to my petition calling on Oxfordshire County Council to improve the signs to emphasise to cyclists not to enter Rectory Road from Cowley Road.”

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Oxfordshire County Council spokesman Martin Crabtree said: “We were aware of concerns on Rectory Road and we are happy that residents have been in touch with us.

“The good news is that we had already placed an order for an illuminated ‘no entry’ sign and for the accompanying road markings to be repainted as they are worn.

“The works should be complete by the end of May and we will be happy to hear from residents about whether they have the desired effect.”

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10:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

What a waste of money, you could put a 60ft sign up and cyclists would still ignore it, remember they are above the law.
What a waste of money, you could put a 60ft sign up and cyclists would still ignore it, remember they are above the law. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -2

10:57pm Tue 15 Apr 14

grandconjuration says...

Yes, only cyclists go the wrong way...

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-cam
bridgeshire-26131962


http://www.sussex.po
lice.uk/whats-happen
ing/latest/news-stor
ies/2014/03/13/car-d
riving-wrong-way-dow
n-a24-fails-to-stop-
after-crash

http://news.uk.msn.c
om/drink-driver-trav
elled-wrong-way

Look at this one. 177 motorists caught going the wrong way in 10 days!

http://www.hertsande
ssexobserver.co.uk/N
ews/Bishops-Stortfor
d/CCTV-captures-177-
incidents-of-people-
driving-the-wrong-wa
y-down-Stortford-str
eet-in-just-10-days-
20140117100007.htm

Maybe we should also have signs outside all shops asking motorists not to drive through the shop window (see story published earlier today).

How large should we make the speed limit sign for motorists?
Yes, only cyclists go the wrong way... http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-cam bridgeshire-26131962 http://www.sussex.po lice.uk/whats-happen ing/latest/news-stor ies/2014/03/13/car-d riving-wrong-way-dow n-a24-fails-to-stop- after-crash http://news.uk.msn.c om/drink-driver-trav elled-wrong-way Look at this one. 177 motorists caught going the wrong way in 10 days! http://www.hertsande ssexobserver.co.uk/N ews/Bishops-Stortfor d/CCTV-captures-177- incidents-of-people- driving-the-wrong-wa y-down-Stortford-str eet-in-just-10-days- 20140117100007.htm Maybe we should also have signs outside all shops asking motorists not to drive through the shop window (see story published earlier today). How large should we make the speed limit sign for motorists? grandconjuration
  • Score: 16

11:13pm Tue 15 Apr 14

melyn am byth says...

Why make it illuminated?, it's just more expense, no cyclist is going to take a blind bit of notice.
Just do what has been done to Little Clarendon Street & put a cycle lane in against the flow of traffic ( pure genius ) or even better, turn half of the pavement heading towards St Clements into a cycle path ( yes, we can cycle on the pavement )
These kinds of initiatives just give cyclists carte blanche to behave how they like.
Why make it illuminated?, it's just more expense, no cyclist is going to take a blind bit of notice. Just do what has been done to Little Clarendon Street & put a cycle lane in against the flow of traffic ( pure genius ) or even better, turn half of the pavement heading towards St Clements into a cycle path ( yes, we can cycle on the pavement ) These kinds of initiatives just give cyclists carte blanche to behave how they like. melyn am byth
  • Score: -1

11:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

cuckoo says...

April 1st was over 2 weeks ago!
In all honesty this a total waste of money and highly unlikely to change the fact that some cyclists choose to cycle the 'wrong way' in Rectory Road.
April 1st was over 2 weeks ago! In all honesty this a total waste of money and highly unlikely to change the fact that some cyclists choose to cycle the 'wrong way' in Rectory Road. cuckoo
  • Score: 1

7:11am Wed 16 Apr 14

gel says...

And woe betide any motorist/ pedestrian they plough into, as they will be in the wrong, you can bet!
And woe betide any motorist/ pedestrian they plough into, as they will be in the wrong, you can bet! gel
  • Score: -2

7:12am Wed 16 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Talk about two faced, cyclists moan when motorists comment about cyclists in a 'car story' yet here we have a story about cyclists yet car drivers are mentioned. Just sums up all the law breaking cyclists!
Talk about two faced, cyclists moan when motorists comment about cyclists in a 'car story' yet here we have a story about cyclists yet car drivers are mentioned. Just sums up all the law breaking cyclists! HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -7

7:46am Wed 16 Apr 14

Floflo says...

Why not permit people to cycle down this street in either direction?
Why not permit people to cycle down this street in either direction? Floflo
  • Score: 6

8:21am Wed 16 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Why don't cyclists just obey the law?????
Why don't cyclists just obey the law????? HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -5

8:29am Wed 16 Apr 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

grandconjuration says...

Yes, only cyclists go the wrong way...

mmm, where does it mention motorists in the story????????????
Once again cyclists unable to take blame with out blaming others.
grandconjuration says... Yes, only cyclists go the wrong way... mmm, where does it mention motorists in the story???????????? Once again cyclists unable to take blame with out blaming others. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: -3

8:33am Wed 16 Apr 14

Madi50n says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
Why don't cyclists just obey the law?????
Why don't motorists just obey the law?
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: Why don't cyclists just obey the law?????[/p][/quote]Why don't motorists just obey the law? Madi50n
  • Score: 8

9:29am Wed 16 Apr 14

grandconjuration says...

Why not have a major rethink on the design of Rectory Road?

The reason it is one way is because it is a narrow road, too narrow for motor vehicles to pass (but not bicycles). The major reason for this narrowness is the provision of parking spaces for motor vehicles on the road.

A public road in England is defined as an open public way for the passage of vehicles, people and animals. Note the word 'passage'. A road is not a site for the storage of personal property such as a car.

A nice wide two-way segregated cycle lane could be added in the space currently assigned to the storage of resident's personal property. Then the road will be used as intended - for the passage of vehicles and people.

Since the residents are such avid campaigners for safety, I'm sure that they will have no problem with this.
Why not have a major rethink on the design of Rectory Road? The reason it is one way is because it is a narrow road, too narrow for motor vehicles to pass (but not bicycles). The major reason for this narrowness is the provision of parking spaces for motor vehicles on the road. A public road in England is defined as an open public way for the passage of vehicles, people and animals. Note the word 'passage'. A road is not a site for the storage of personal property such as a car. A nice wide two-way segregated cycle lane could be added in the space currently assigned to the storage of resident's personal property. Then the road will be used as intended - for the passage of vehicles and people. Since the residents are such avid campaigners for safety, I'm sure that they will have no problem with this. grandconjuration
  • Score: 6

9:39am Wed 16 Apr 14

robbo81 says...

it's not about cyclists being above the law. But many think that as they're on two wheels then going the wrong way up a one-way street won't matter as they can duck in.

I'd bet it's mainly students heading to the sports ground on iffley rd. before you claim I'm an anti-student cyclists hater. I'm a cyclist and I live locally and the behaviour of cyclists around here is appalling. Most without lights, loads turn in to the sports ground without so much as a hand signal and since they've built the crossing there, a lot of cyclists just career through and weave around pedestrians.

I don't think a sign will help. Casual cyclists are the issue and the problem being anyone can own and ride a bike without formal training or the need for a highway code and there are way too many of these type of people in oxford.
it's not about cyclists being above the law. But many think that as they're on two wheels then going the wrong way up a one-way street won't matter as they can duck in. I'd bet it's mainly students heading to the sports ground on iffley rd. before you claim I'm an anti-student cyclists hater. I'm a cyclist and I live locally and the behaviour of cyclists around here is appalling. Most without lights, loads turn in to the sports ground without so much as a hand signal and since they've built the crossing there, a lot of cyclists just career through and weave around pedestrians. I don't think a sign will help. Casual cyclists are the issue and the problem being anyone can own and ride a bike without formal training or the need for a highway code and there are way too many of these type of people in oxford. robbo81
  • Score: 12

9:50am Wed 16 Apr 14

Wackojacko says...

What a waste of public money. I was a police officer in Oxford over 30 years ago and cyclists were habitually riding the wrong way then. No amount of prosecutions will change cyclists' behaviour.
What a waste of public money. I was a police officer in Oxford over 30 years ago and cyclists were habitually riding the wrong way then. No amount of prosecutions will change cyclists' behaviour. Wackojacko
  • Score: 6

10:57am Wed 16 Apr 14

John Batey says...

We must be able to identify cyclists with a plate number that has to be registered so that action can be taken against them. The law breakers bring the whole cycling community into, at best disrepute, at worst kind of hate figures.
We must be able to identify cyclists with a plate number that has to be registered so that action can be taken against them. The law breakers bring the whole cycling community into, at best disrepute, at worst kind of hate figures. John Batey
  • Score: 1

11:19am Wed 16 Apr 14

xenarthra says...

melyn am byth wrote:
Why make it illuminated?, it's just more expense, no cyclist is going to take a blind bit of notice.
Just do what has been done to Little Clarendon Street & put a cycle lane in against the flow of traffic ( pure genius ) or even better, turn half of the pavement heading towards St Clements into a cycle path ( yes, we can cycle on the pavement )
These kinds of initiatives just give cyclists carte blanche to behave how they like.
I was agreeing with until I got to your last sentence. Now I wonder whether you were being straight or ironic. If it's the latter, your irony is misplaced because these are indeed perfectly sensible suggestions: the road may be too narrow for two motor cars to pass each other, but why should cyclists have to be penalised because other road users choose to drive less practical vehicles?
[quote][p][bold]melyn am byth[/bold] wrote: Why make it illuminated?, it's just more expense, no cyclist is going to take a blind bit of notice. Just do what has been done to Little Clarendon Street & put a cycle lane in against the flow of traffic ( pure genius ) or even better, turn half of the pavement heading towards St Clements into a cycle path ( yes, we can cycle on the pavement ) These kinds of initiatives just give cyclists carte blanche to behave how they like.[/p][/quote]I was agreeing with until I got to your last sentence. Now I wonder whether you were being straight or ironic. If it's the latter, your irony is misplaced because these are indeed perfectly sensible suggestions: the road may be too narrow for two motor cars to pass each other, but why should cyclists have to be penalised because other road users choose to drive less practical vehicles? xenarthra
  • Score: 5

1:09pm Wed 16 Apr 14

MrMurf says...

Residents in Rectory Road have signed the document which asks the council to emphasise more clearly an instruction for cyclists to enter the road from the Cowley Road end.

Good old Oxford Mail. Think there should be a 'not' between 'cyclists' and 'to' seeing as the street is one way travelling from St Clements!
Residents in Rectory Road have signed the document which asks the council to emphasise more clearly an instruction for cyclists to enter the road from the Cowley Road end. Good old Oxford Mail. Think there should be a 'not' between 'cyclists' and 'to' seeing as the street is one way travelling from St Clements! MrMurf
  • Score: 3

2:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

A brick wall maybe better.. make it a no through road, that will stop them
A brick wall maybe better.. make it a no through road, that will stop them yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: 0

2:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

GaryOxford says...

The sign needs to be illuminated otherwise the cyclists without lights won't be able to see it at night ;-)
The sign needs to be illuminated otherwise the cyclists without lights won't be able to see it at night ;-) GaryOxford
  • Score: 9

10:24pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The New Private Eye says...

I have a better idea. Just put the words "not applicable to cyclists" on the front cover of the highway code, and all road problems solved.
I have a better idea. Just put the words "not applicable to cyclists" on the front cover of the highway code, and all road problems solved. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 0

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