Night ride raises funds for Botley to Eynsham cycle path campaign

thisisoxfordshire: John Blackie, left, and Ian Leggett Buy this photo John Blackie, left, and Ian Leggett

A CYCLE campaigner completed a 62-mile midnight bike ride through London to raise money for a new path between Eynsham and Botley.

John Blackie from Cumnor, raised £2,000 after riding for seven hours and 40 minutes from Alexandra Palace to Crystal Palace during the London Nightrider event two weekends ago.

The former financial advisor took on the challenge in support of charity Bike Safe’s B4044 Community Path campaign.

Supporters want a path to be built from the A420 at Dean Court to the Swinford roundabout in Eynsham.

Mr Blackie, 67, said: “The purpose of the campaign is to make it safer and less congested for everyone.”

The group formed two years ago and a petition has gained almost 3,000 signatures.

Bike Safe chairman Ian Leggett said: “We have hundreds of people who are scared stiff of riding a bike on that route so the only people that ride on that route now are very confident cyclists.”

For more details of the campaign, see b4044path.org/

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12:31pm Mon 16 Jun 14

the wizard says...

While I congratulate this man for his efforts surely OCC has an obligation of care and accident prevention to instal a cycle path along this hazardous route.
One again OCC are failing to see the need and this again highlights their head in the sand attitude towards road users, commuters needs and safety as a rule. The needs of the public are not being met and once more there is no money allegedly, yet millions of pounds of tax/rate payers money is squirreled away into "reserves" when it should be spent on projects such as this.
While I congratulate this man for his efforts surely OCC has an obligation of care and accident prevention to instal a cycle path along this hazardous route. One again OCC are failing to see the need and this again highlights their head in the sand attitude towards road users, commuters needs and safety as a rule. The needs of the public are not being met and once more there is no money allegedly, yet millions of pounds of tax/rate payers money is squirreled away into "reserves" when it should be spent on projects such as this. the wizard
  • Score: 10

2:54pm Sun 22 Jun 14

rosken says...

Congratulations John Blackie - a brave effort for a very worthy cause!
Congratulations John Blackie - a brave effort for a very worthy cause! rosken
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