Posts Tagged ‘B4044 community path’

Community path petition handover

September 22nd, 2014

Hands up who would like a safe, off-road walking/cycling route between Eynsham and Botley. If you put your own hand up, you’re in good company; 4,000 people have signed a petition created by local group Bike Safe for a path running between Eynsham and Botley, via Farmoor. At the moment, cyclists have to use th B4044, which means sharing a single-track road with double-decker buses.

Eynsham to Botley is only 5km, a comfortable cycling distance, but many people are put off by the density and speed of the traffic (the speed limit is 50mph). So they get in their cars, contributing to the motorised traffic on the road, which contributes to putting off potential cyclists, and so on. That vicious circle could be ended by the provision of a safe, convenient alternative route. That’s why the B4044 community path campaigners will be handing over their 4,000-signature petition to Councillor Ian Hudspeth on Wednesday (24th September).

Cllr Hudspeth will be cycling from Eynsham to Hill End Centre before the petition is formally handed over. The campaigners are looking for as many people as possible to escort him and show support for the campaign. All are welcome. The ride will assemble at the junction of Orchard Road and Eynsham Road at 2pm before riding to Hill End. The ride should only take five minutes (see route). They still need at least 30 more cyclists to make the escort really special – can you join them? If so, please email hannahenmaarten@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Licensed ecological surveyors sought

March 26th, 2014

We’ve written before about the fantastic campaign to build a community path between Eynsham and Botley. The proposed path would run alongside the B4044, providing a safer alternative to this busy road for cyclists and pedestrians. A group of determined residents have been working hard to make this project a reality and they’ve just received a funding boost which could mean that construction of the path starts as soon as this summer.

However, the campaign group have been advised that they need to carry out a detailed ecological survey of the area proposed for the path (the grass verge alongside the B4044) in order to find out whether or not there are any rare or protected species living in this area. They are urgently seeking one or two licensed, qualified ecological surveyors to carry out this work. The work has to be done in the spring so would have to be started this week or next week. (If it can’t be started very soon, this could delay the whole project by several months.)

If you are a qualified ecological surveyor, please ring Ian Leggett on 01865 862614. And if you know of someone who might fit the bill, please show them this blog post!

Barn dance in support of community path

January 10th, 2014

There will be a barn dance at Eynsham Village Hall on 1st February to raise money for a much-wanted community path. The planned B4044 Eynsham-Farmoor-Botley Community Path would provide a safe, off-road alternative to the busy B4044 for walkers and cyclists. Lots of money has already been raised and last year’s barn dance, also in aid of the proposed path, sold out early – so book your ticket now!

The event will feature the Mouse & Trousers Ceilidh Band, a raffle and a bar.

Tickets cost £10 adult, £6 child, and are available from the following places:

  • Eynsham DIY
  • Farmoor Stores
  • Aloha Cafe, Botley
  • Cumnor Newsagents

 

Vote for the Cycle Path

October 8th, 2011

I’ve ridden the Farmoor road from Eynsham to Botley and even for a grizzly old boy like me it’s a very unpleasant experience. When it comes to cycling, children are effectively marooned in Farmoor, how about helping them raise some funds for the path by placing your vote here