Abingdon cycle routes get a facelift

People who are using two wheels to get round in Abingdon have received a boost from Oxfordshire County Council.

Despite strong winds, rain and a drop in temperature, Oxfordshire County Council maintenance crews have been spotted out and about this week in Abingdon.  They are working to update cycle pathways as part of the countywide Active Travel programme.

The programme is designed tup tidy up existing cycling lanes, design new routes and instal additional cycle racks in high traffic areas.

The Council hopes that with better conditions available to cyclists, people are encouraged to get back-on-bikes, as restrictions ease.

County Councillor Liam Walker, Cabinet member for Highway Operation and Delivery, explains the Council’s interest in having more people cycle:

“If just one person who usually drives chooses to cycle it can have a really big impact on their carbon emissions, their contribution to cleaner air and reducing congestion. Of course we want to see everyone who has been getting out and about using sustainable modes to keep it up as then we will really start to see massive changes.

So far in Abingdon, work has been undertaken on Marcham Road and Copenhagen Drive where lanes were cleared to allow cyclists to ride unobstructed.

In Audlett Drive, Twelve Acre Drive and Thames View, lines have been renewed, with more work planned to clear paths and perform minor repairs where required.

The Councillor continues:

“Clearing and tidying up existing routes is just a part of what the county council is working on. Active travel is something that is needed now and, very definitely, for the future.”

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