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Repeated near misses and several cyclists hit on the cycle lane at this junction

Reported via desktop in the Suggested improvements category by Dick Wolff at 13:18, Tue 29 November 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

I have previously reported three collisions - cyclists being hit by cars at this Seacourt Retail Park access road junction. Another near miss happened on Friday - as usual, westbound cars turning right into the access road through queueing eastbound traffic and not noticing eastbound cyclists travelling at speed on the cycle path. The last report resulted in you concluding "no further action". If, in due course, a coroner's inquest proves necessary due to a fatality at this junction - which is entirely possible - I will ensure that my reports are brought to the coroner's attention. I don't want to hear the coroner saying there are "no known issues at this junction" as was said at the inquest in Samantha Blackborow's death. Something must be done to make it clearer to motor vehicle drivers that there is a main cycle route crossing this junction and that they need to look left for approaching cycles. A box junction or "keep clear" box on the eastbound carriageway would give right-turning drivers a clear view to the left. When they are pulling across through queueing traffic too many of them are clearly not considering the likelihood of a rapidly approaching bike, perhaps because they are more concerned to make sure that the driver of the eastbound queueing car is indeed letting them through.

Council ref: 4002755

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  • Thank you for your suggestion, it will be added to a list which are assessed and prioritised by our Safety Team. We will now close this report, but if your suggestion gets selected for action we will let you know.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:19, Tue 29 November 2022

  • My apologies! There is in fact a 'Keep Clear' box in the eastbound lane at that junction. I think I'd never noticed it because there are nearly always stationary cars in it when I cycle past!

    Posted by Dick Wolff at 23:12, Sun 4 December 2022

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