Healthy  Streets and Active Travel

Welcome to the web pages for the Coalition for Healthy  Streets and Active Travel. We are an informal group concerned about the poor air quality in the main towns of Oxfordshire, particularly Oxford. The primary cause is car travel, but the effect is felt by all of us as we move around, whether for work, shopping or leisure.

The members of the Coalition are working together to bring about a transformation in how people travel around.

Our aims for Oxfordshire are that we have:

Healthy and thriving communities as a result of a continual and measurable shift towards:

  • more efficient, safe, active and sustainable low-carbon travel;
  • a reduction in traffic, pollution and noise to create more attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets where everybody can enjoy spending time.

These aims must be central to and adhered to in all transport and planning decision-making in Oxfordshire so that preference is given to walking, cycling, public transport and cars, in that order.

There are several reasons why the coalition is necessary and, importantly, there is some urgency. There are many new developments planned in the county, which will increase the numbers of people accessing our towns and city. This will inevitably exacerbate both air pollution and congestion. We need to act promptly to protect and improve our urban areas BEFORE this growth occurs. Then more people can enjoy their visits while breathing cleaner air and moving around safely.

The various authorities have been focusing on the problems and producing a range of reports [link to background section]. These have not, yet, resulted in the level of improvements we believe are required, nor is it certain that the necessary political will is there to do so. Therefore, we are indicating what actions you can take [link to section 5] if you, like us, are worried about the quality of the air you and your family are breathing, the inadequacy of local public transport, and the safety of your active travel, whether on foot or by bike. Getting healthier streets and attractive urban areas depends on all of us letting our politicians and decision-makers know that it is important to us.

The coalition does not have its own social media sites, but many of the constituent members do have – please follow them and contribute.

The Coalition has been set up with the support of Low Carbon Oxford North following the meeting at the Town Hall on these issues in October 2018 – points from this are here.

We want Oxford to be a city and Oxfordshire to be a county where there are:

  • Healthy and thriving communities as a result of:
    • a continual and measurable shift towards more efficient, safe, active and sustainable travel, leading to cleaner air and reduced carbon emissions
    • a reduction in traffic, pollution and noise that creates more attractive, accessible and people-friendly streets where everybody can enjoy spending time and being physically active
  • To achieve this, a travel hierarchy that gives preference to walking, cycling, public transport and cars, in that order
  • These aims are central to and adhered to in all transport and planning decision-making in Oxfordshire

We are working with other groups (link to coalition page – to come) to bring about a transformation in how people travel around Oxford in favour of safe cycling and walking and better public transport. This work is based in part on the recent National Infrastructure Commission report on investment in cycling in Oxford.

We are providing this website as a resource to link up news and activities by other groups, mainly our coalition partners, and to provide pointers on what actions we could all be taking.

We will be providing a resource base with the following documents.

Brief intro and links to these historical documents (subdivide between county effect and Oxford?):

  • Gilligan report: Executive summary (link)
  • Gilligan report: Full report (link)
  • Phil Jones Associate and Oxford report
  • Current state of play with regard to travel in Oxford (is there a short statistical summary/figures?)
    • At present, cars represent …% of journeys, but expenditure on roads is …% of the budget. Cycling only gets …. % of the budget, for …. % of journeys.
  • Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council policies (overview, roles and responsibilities)
    • Link to Julia’s summary of LTP4, Oxford Travel Plans, Clean Air and Active Travel Group, etc?
    • Growth Board
    • OXLEP
    • Patrick Lingwood
  • AQMA – list of areas and present contraventions
  • Claudia Charter (2017) (link) – also on transport page?
  • The Oxfordshire Clean Air Charter (2018) (link)
  • University of Oxford travel plan
  • Brookes University travel plan

The Coalition 

Cyclox

LCON

Oxford FoE

A couple of sentences, links and logo for each group with Facebook links etc.

  1. DEVELOPING THE INITIATIVE – make this second, overlaps with present section 2

People might wonder why a coalition is necessary. Explain briefly how this has evolved. Present as a timeline of activity. Example: The Gilligan Town Hall meeting (nb funded by, to get University of Oxford name in there); follow-up meeting; initial activities; ongoing work

Call to the reader to ‘Get Involved’ (link to ‘How you can help’ page 5)

  1. What can I do to help?

Air

Cycling

Pedestrians