A speed limit of 20mph through Long Wittenham and 30mph between the village and the Barley Mow are proposed as part of a package of suggestions sent to the County Council to help make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
The Department for Transport has given the County Council £2.5m as part of a nationwide sum of £2b to implement a series of measures to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians when the lock-down is eased. The Parish Council has sent its ideas for consideration by the county.
The Parish Council’s proposals also recommend putting in “advance cyclist stop lines” at both ends of the bridge and at the main junction of the A415 in Clifton Hampden. Another idea is to provide a cycle parking area close to the post office or doctors’ surgery.
Sam Casey-Rerhaye, District Councillor for the Wittenhams, has welcomed the Parish Council’s proposals. She said it would “accelerate existing and long-term transport ambitions” from South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC).
She added: “The road network is first and foremost for cars and as such it is not ambitious enough for healthy, safe and active travel and good public transport.”
The Parish Council also supports the new strategic cycling route linking the Harwell campus, Milton Park, Dicot and Culham Science Centre, but the final leg between Didcot and Culham is so far unresolved. One idea is a cycle-path running alongside the road between Long Wittenham and the Barley Mow, but this is likely to be ruled out on the grounds of cost and difficulty of land acquisition.
All the proposed measures fit neatly into the green agenda. Since the lock-down was introduced there has been a significant improvement in air quality, and other studies show that cycling and walking help reduce levels of cancer and heart disease.