To encourage and assist the residents of Charlbury and its environs to transition to sustainable transportation for all of their journeys.
- Helping residents of Charlbury and its environ reduce (and ultimately to end) journeys requiring fossil fuels.
- Encouraging Charlbury Residents to make more journeys on foot, by bike and using public transport.
- turning Charlbury and its environs into pleasant places to walk, cycle – or just to be- as opposed to either being simply thoroughfares or car parks.
The council has agreed to draw up a plan for improving walking and cycling opportunities in and around Charlbury, as a key part of our Highways and Transport Strategy. The plan will include a specific focus on the needs of people who use mobility aids of any description, as we know there are plenty of barriers to the safe and easy passage around town for these residents.
Traffic survey report
A traffic count was undertaken in September and November 2021 at five locations around Charlbury. Please find the report on this here, with massive thanks to Richard Fairhurst for bringing it all together.
We have received funding from Liz Leffman’s Councillor Priority Fund to enable us to buy an E-bike.
The Town Council has acquired a good quality electric bike which is available to residents to borrow for up to 2 weeks, upon payment of a deposit.
What accessories are provided?
The TS has bought a good quality, robust electric bike primarily for on-road use but with hybrid tyres allowing the bike to be ridden on bridleways in dry weather, with a step-through frame that is small enough to fit a rider 5’2’’ tall (based on Expressions of Interest received) – but extendable seat post will allow it to fit larger riders.
Power adapter (for recharging the battery), lock, pump, puncture repair kit +/- spare inner tube, pannier bags x2. (Lights, mudguards, pannier rack and kick-stand are integrated.)
How will it be maintained?
We have 2 volunteers who have completed bicycle maintenance training with Windrush Bike Project which enables them to reliably carry out safety checks between loans. If they identify a maintenance issue, the bike will be taken into Witney for servicing by Windrush Bike Project. The bike will be serviced a minimum of once per year.
How is it insured?
The bike is included under the insurance policy of the Windrush Bike Project (including liability cover for the volunteer mechanic).
How do people book?
Bookings will be handled by the Town Clerk. Individuals will need to provide proof of identity and address, and a deposit, which will be refunded on return of the bike undamaged. Individuals booking the bike will be required to sign a waiver of liability for injury or damage resulting from their personal actions while in possession of the bike
Walking and cycling in Charlbury – add your views to our interactive map!
To be able to draw up this plan and to prioritise elements within it, we need to gather information about what residents like and dislike (and why), and to identify what’s missing in the local network. And to do this, we would like to your hear views.
To tell us what you like, or what you dislike and would like to change within the local network, please add your comments to our interactive map at https://communitymap.uk/project/charlbury_lcwip. On the map, you can drop a pin and use the drop-down menu to classify problem areas, describe the problem and suggest improvements. You need to register on the site the first time you make and save a comment with a single click for Google or Facebook login (or you can do it by email if you like). It says ‘Suggest walking & cycling improvements in Charlbury’ on the map but we do want to hear from residents who get about using mobility aids as well.
The results of last autumn’s traffic survey, as well as comments made to previous Town Council surveys, for example the Community Action Plan, will also be fed into our plan.
We have made arrangements to reach groups with very specific needs, including disabled residents, pre-schoolers and very elderly residents, via routes other than this post and the interactive map.
Deadline for responses: 15th May 2022. Please tell us what you think of local walking and cycling routes at https://communitymap.uk/project/charlbury_lcwip, not here!
Thanks for your help – Charlbury Town Council’s Journey’s team