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Safety Improvements to Footpaths

Reported via desktop anonymously at 18:26, Tuesday 21 September 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council less than a minute later

Currently, cyclists (school children & adults) travel at high speed from The Springs downhill along this path to the five-way junction with the paths to The Leys, Weavers Close, Gordon Way & the segregated path to Ducklington Lane. They have no way of seeing any pedestrian or cyclist emerging from adjoining paths.

This is not only a danger to the many pedestrians, some of whom are elderly or disabled, who use this path regularly but also to other cyclists & to themselves.

Obviously, most shouldn't be riding on the footpaths at all, but the small strips of tactile paving are of little deterrent & the signage on all five paths is inadequate.

Please can you provide clear signage in all directions so that all path users know their rights & responsibilities, painted path markings as appropriate and some form of chicane (either barriers or bollards) at the middle and bottom of the path to The Springs so that those that do ignore the rules are forced to reduce their speed before they arrive at the five-way junction.

Council ref: ENQ21905961

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 18:26, Tuesday 21 September 2021

  • Might it also be possible to resurface this path with a non-slip surface. It can be slippery when wet & is treacherous when we have frost or snow.

    Posted anonymously at 12:51, Wednesday 22 September 2021

  • Thank you for your report. The areas you refer to are registered on the Definitive Map and Statement as bridleways and not footpaths. Cyclists are allowed to ride on a bridleway.

    I will forward on your request for road markings however this location would be a very low priority due to the pressure on our available funding and requirement to maintain the major routes of the highway network in a good condition. The road marking budget for the 2021/22 financial year has now been used and no further work is planned this year.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:17, Wednesday 29 September 2021

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