Consultation has opened on updated plans for walking and cycling in Witney | Daily News Byte

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People living in or visiting Witney are being asked for their views on detailed plans to encourage cycling and walking in and around the town.

Oxfordshire County Council has produced a plan based on national guidelines and input from local stakeholders called the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCVIP).

The council has now launched its second consultation for Whitney’s Local Cycling and Pedestrian Infrastructure Plan (LCVIP), which will set out how to improve the city’s active road network over the next 10 years.

LCVIP identifies destinations in and around Whitney that are accessible by walking and cycling and makes suggestions on how to improve these walking and cycling routes.

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Switching from other modes of transport to walking and cycling is not only an important part of the solution to combating climate change, but also has many health benefits, the council said.

Councilor Andrew Gant, cabinet member for Oxfordshire County Highways, said: “We are grateful to people who took part in our previous consultations and would urge them – and others – to get involved again to see the plans in full, including more details on suggested hiking routes.

“Our aim is to prioritize active travel, such as cycling and walking, over road capacity for cars.

“Projects like this Witney LCVIP show practical ways we can help people reduce their reliance on cars for short journeys and help the council tackle climate action, improve air quality and create a healthier Oxfordshire.”

He added: “The feedback we receive from the public, businesses and other organizations will help us make these proposals a success.” We want as many people as possible to participate so we can develop a better connected active travel network.”

LCVIPs help councils identify where transport infrastructure – such as cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings – should be introduced or improved to enable residents to cycle and walk safely and comfortably over the next 10 years.

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They also increase the chances of securing funds from the Government and investors for active road infrastructure.

If approved, Witney’s plan would be the fourth LCVIP to be developed in Oxfordshire, following Oxford, Bicester and Kidlington, while others are proposed for Abingdon and Banbury.

People can take part in the consultation, including the full document and maps of proposed routes within Witney and links to neighboring villages, at letstalk.okfordshire.gov.uk/vitnei-lcvip until 20 January.

This story was written by Miranda Norris, who joined the team in 2021 and covers news across Oxfordshire as well as news from Witney.

Contact her by emailing: Miranda.Norris@nevskuest.co.uk. Or find her on Twitter: @Mirandajnorris

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