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Community groups call for safer cycling in Oxford

By John Charlton

Following the launch of The Claudia Charter in November, the Rose Hill and Iffley Low Carbon group are calling on the city and county councils to do more to keep cyclists safe in Oxford.

Over the last ten years, over 2,000 cyclists have been injured on Oxford’s streets. The group believe almost all these accidents have occurred because cyclists use the same space as motor traffic. The Claudia Charter was drawn up after the death of cyclist Claudia Comberti in May this year. The Charter outlines in detail an action plan to make Oxford’s cyclists safer including a greater respect for vulnerable road users, a political commitment to make cycling safer in Oxford and safer highways for cycle users.

The group said “We urge Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to invest massively in a segregated, joined-up network of cycle tracks throughout the city. This will get people out of cars and onto bikes – thus reducing air pollution, congestion, ill health, noise and our carbon footprint.”

A petition has been launched to urge Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council to invest in these changes and make cycling safer for all.

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