We are strongly committed to improving roads and paths for walkers, cycling and mobile scooter users. Councillor Ruth Smith says: “When the government funding for active travel was announced in the first lockdown, I contacted everyone who cares about active travel in Witney, from all groups and parties. I put their ideas into a document that made the case for Witney’s walking, cycling and accessible travel needs. County councillors brought it to the attention of Oxfordshire County Council. Planners developed faith in Witney and we were awarded the East-West Active Travel corridor. When people feel safer, they make more journeys without a car – great news for public health, air quality and the climate. This route, which runs from Woodstock Road and Madley Park in the east to Tower Hill and Curbridge Road in the west, is very much a starting point – a plan for the whole of Witney is in the pipeline: keep asking for it and welcoming these positive changes.”
Witney Town Council and Oxfordshire County Council are working together to introduce a 20 mph zone covering most of Witney – all the residential roads and roads with shops, schools, clinics, churches etc. The aim is to keep the system simple and consistent. A public consultation will be held. Lower speeds go hand in hand with how safe it is to walk and cycle in Witney. Labour councillors continue to work for improved paths and cycle routes to connect and enhance Witney.