Extinction Rebellion Oxford will be writing their ideas on city pavements using chalk on how the city can become more cycling-friendly.

As the lockdown begins to ease, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council are considering ways to encourage walking and cycling, and reduce traffic. 

This week Extinction Rebellion Oxford will be showing that there is widespread support for such measures, and encouraging the councils to work together and take bold action to prevent a return to pre-lockdown levels of traffic and air pollution.

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The environmental activist group will be chalking their ideas on the city's pavements and roads, and taking to their bikes to model the future they want to see.

Rabhya Dewshi said: “Our main aims for bike action this week are: build back better, clean air, healthy lungs, more bikes, fewer cars, more space for people.”

The group is encouraging people to take part in action on Thursday and Friday by chalking their ideas on roads and pavements near their home that they think are places where they would like to see new bike lanes, wider pavements and pedestrianised streets.

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On Saturday Extinction Rebellion says people can go for a bike ride alone or with others in your household. Make yourself a flag with your ‘build back better’ message on before taking a photo and sharing it on social media. Tweet your city and county councillors.

They are also planning a 'physically distanced' bike ride on Saturday at 2pm in Radcliffe Square where residents can bring flags with your messages on and cycle a continuous loop round part of the city, finishing in Broad Street at 4pm.