Work to deliver a sustainable transport network in Bicester is continuing to move forward with councillors agreeing to the development of a detailed action plan.
At a meeting of Cherwell District Council’s executive yesterday (Monday), members received the latest Bicester Sustainable Transport Strategy and endorsed its vision to create a network of sustainable infrastructure and proposals for the town.
The document sets out a 20 year vision of how to reduce reliance on private car journeys by increasing opportunities for improving cycling and pedestrian routes as more sustainable transport as the town grows.
Cllr Barry Wood, leader of Cherwell District Council, said: “This document is important in guiding the future expansion of Bicester as we want to ensure all new developments successfully integrate with the existing town while promoting a sustainable lifestyle. The strategy will ensure exemplary and innovative approaches to sustainable transport in Bicester by applying a strong vision and principles to best practice.
“The strategy is underpinned by the Eco Bicester One Shared Vision which promotes sustainable living and addresses the need for better cycling and pedestrian routes as well as improved public transport links. We want to ensure the necessary growth of Bicester can be accommodated in a way which improves the quality of life for all residents through active lifestyles, reduced carbon emissions and improved air quality and this document does just that.”
Cherwell commissioned the strategy last year and will now begin work on an action plan to deliver the strategy’s objectives. The document includes solutions which can be delivered within two years, such as increasing bicycle parking and removing barriers along existing cycle ways, and long term projects such as town centre improvements to encourage walking and cycling and improved connections to bus and train services.
The plan takes forward Cherwell’s adopted Local Plan and will support other development documents, including Oxfordshire Country Council’s Local Transport Plan and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Strategic Economic Plan, all of which focus on improving transport infrastructure and securing sustainable journeys.