Reported via desktop in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 12:33, Fri 25 March 2022
Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later
A new cycle lane has been painted on Marsh Lane since the resurfacing. This cycle lane does not give cyclists enough room according to the new Highway Code guidelines, effectively giving cars licence to pass too close, and to ignore the Highway Code. The cycle paths in this area are generally poor - the path southbound on Marston Road after leaving Hedley Way again goes against the advice given in the Highway Code, being placed in the recommended 1m that cyclists should move out when passing car doors (the cycle lane is hard up against the side of parked cars, putting bikes in that 1m space where motorists are likely to open their doors). Together, these cycle routes feel badly thought out and tokenistic; they give motorists carte blanche to ignore the Highway code; and they are likely to endanger (or in the case of Marston Road have long endangered) cyclists. This is rather frustrating when cities should be trying to encourage green transport, and protect those using it.