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Winnaway Update

Just an update you on The Winnaway Cycle Improvement Project.

As you may recall, in 2015, the County Council rebuilt the Winnaway as a section of a Didcot to Harwell Campus premium cycle route in line with the Science Vale Cycling Strategy.

An action within the Winnaway Cycle Improvement Project was to re-classify the path from a footpath to a bridleway. Unfortunately the Council could not get agreement from all the landowners within the project time frame.

Today ,13th November 2019, HarBUG has sent an application for a definitive map modification order (DDMO) to Oxfordshire Countryside Records for the Winnaway.

The application is for a change of status from footpath to bridleway so that cyclists can legitimately use the Winnaway to access the Harwell Campus.

We have sent 29 user evidence statements from both cyclists and horse riders in the village as well as cycle commuters and other recreational cyclists. We have included Strava data which shows 9,575 cycle trips by 739 people.

We have also received and submitted letters of support for our application from Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Harwell Campus Joint Venture Partners (UKAEA, UKRI-STFC and Harwell Campus).

In addition, letters have been sent to all landowners, by HarBUG, informing them of our application. This is a requirement of the application process.

As the Winnaway Cycle Improvement Project was a County Council strategic aim we have asked that the application is prioritised. The DMMO process can take some time, up to 10 years if our application is not given a high priority.

 

Peep-o-Day Lane Closure

If you cycle in from Abingdon, we have received notification from the County Council of proposed cycle route improvements on a section of Peep-O-Day Lane, due to start in mid-October this year.

The works will be carried out on Peep-O-Day Lane between the access points to Thames Water Sewage Works and the Quarry. The works will include trimming back vegetation, re-surfacing the existing damaged path and installing luminescent/reflective discs along the edge of the path to provide low level lighting.

The duration of works will be approximately three weeks and this section of Peep-O-Day Lane will remain closed with signed diversion routes in place for equestrians/cyclists and pedestrians. Please see attached location and diversion plan for details (201120-SKA-TTM-RT3-DR-CH-0004-S0-Z0).

Campus Bike Rental

Harwell Campus have launched a Campus Bike scheme, where you can borrow a cycle, for free, to get around the Campus. The bike scheme is run by Bainton Bikes in Oxford through the Donkey Republic App.

You will need to download the Donkey Republic App and sign in with a credit / debit card although you won’t be charged for using the Campus Bikes for a period up to 48 hours.

Find out more here: Campus Bike Rental

Find out more about Donkey Republic here: Donkey Republic

HarBUG are pleased that this scheme has been launched, we have been asking for Campus cycles to be introduced for a while. This is also useful for users of the Science facilities on the Campus who have asked us in the past about cycle hire.

 

Wantage – Campus New Cycle Path

Update 2nd September – Please click here for the HarBUG response to Icknield Way Access Restrictions: HarBUG Response

Details of the consultation and maps can be found here: Icknield Way Access Restrictions (closes 13th September)

Don’t forget the Oxfordshire Cycle Survey 2019 consultation (closes 6th September).


As part of the new Wantage – Harwell Campus new cycle route, the County Council are proposing that on a section of the new route, motorised vehicles are prohibited.

The section in question is the Icknield Way from Newbury Road (from East Hendred) down to Ginge Brook Bridge and across to where it connects with the track to Ardington.

Details of the consultation and maps can be found here: Icknield Way Access Restrictions (closes 13th September)

The proposal for the new path is that this section is re-built with a compacted Limestone surface. We know from other routes in the area that this is fine to cycle on but is damaged by motorised vehicles use. Farm vehicles will still have access but recreational use will be banned e.g. motocross, 4 x 4 use.

Please respond to this consultation with your support as in a previous informal consultation there were many objections to the proposal. Please also don’t forget the Oxfordshire Cycle Survey 2019 consultation (closes 6th September)

Oxfordshire Cycling Survey 2019

HarBUG invites and encourages you to take part in Oxfordshire County Council’s Cycling Survey 2019:

https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/Cyclesurvey2019/consultationHome

The survey will only take a few minutes to complete.  (Follow the link, read the guidance, then select ‘Other Ways to Respond’.)  It does not matter whether you are an experienced cyclist or a novice; the Council is keen to collect as wide a range of views as possible.  Please submit your response by 6th September.  

This survey supports the production of the first “Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans”.  LCWIPs will set out cycle networks for each town/area and will identify what improvements are needed to make the cycle network more attractive to existing and future cyclists.  LCWIPs are part of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, for which Oxfordshire has already secured funding.  Oxfordshire’s first LCWIPs are being produced for Oxford, Bicester and Didcot.  But the Council wish to extend this to other areas.  So it is important that we respond for ALL of our areas, ie Abingdon, Wantage, Grove, etc.

Your views and opinions matter. Please take the time to respond.

Many thanks

Guy W

 

 

Hit & Run on Campus

On Thursday 18th July there was a hit and run incident on the campus involving a  cyclist. A 17 year old female cyclist was cycling along Fermi Avenue at around 17:35 in-between the Little Stars Nursery and the beginning of the cycle path, which she was aiming to get on. A black Ford Fiesta overtook her, clipped her front wheel and knocked her off. The car did not stop.

Fortunately, the cyclists was not seriously injured, a wrenched shoulder, but is shook up. The incident has been reported to the Police.

If you saw this incident or know somebody who witnessed the incident please let HarBUG know at chair@harbug.org.uk

It may be a one off but if you have had problems with a Black Fiesta driving aggressively towards cyclists on Campus or to and from work please also let us know – even better with a number plate.

We need to stick together to make sure this kind of driving is stopped.


Report of Aggressive Cyclist

HarBUG has also received a report about an aggressive cyclist in Steventon. A driver was overtaking the cyclists at around 08:25, giving plenty of space (according to the driver), before even starting to overtake the cyclist was shaking his fist and sounding a loud air horn.

We only have the drivers point of view so we cannot make a call if either or both were ‘out of order’ and we don’t know whether the cyclists was on his way to the Campus or a HarBUG member.

We all have encountered bad drivers with close passes and sometimes it justified to let the motorist know you are not happy but we should make sure we only do this when it is necessary.

Let’s keep cycling as the happy mode of transport.

Didcot Cycle Review

On the 1st June, a group of cyclists biked around Didcot and ‘Greater Didcot’ to review the current cycle infrastructure and proposals / ideas for the future. The ride, organised by HarBUG, include the County’s Cycling Champion, the Didcot Garden Project Manager and the County’s Active Travel Officer who is currently compiling a Local Cycling and Wlaking Infrastructure Plan for Didcot.

You can download a copy of the report from the Cycle Review here:     Didcot Cycle Review 2019

A copy of the review will be sent to all Town, District and County Councillors for Didcot and immediate surroundings e.g. Harwell, Milton etc.

Winnaway – Unfinished Driveway Surfacing

HarBUG has put a FixMyStreet report in concerning the unfinished works on the Winnaway i.e. rebuild and resurface of the five driveways at the top of the hill.

We contacted the County Council and they advised that this was the best way to get small works completed. We pointed out that this is unfinished project work not maintenance and there is budget available for it.

You can view the report here: Winnaway – Unfinished Cycle Improvement Project.