James Styring, chair of Oxford’s cycle campaign group Cyclox, has stepped down after 10 years.
Cyclox was formed in 2003 with a mission to improve cycling in Oxford. Writing in his column in the Oxford Mail, James says there’s still much to do:
“Despite the thriving bicycle culture and the successful ‘20’s Plenty’ campaign, cycling still isn’t that easy. There are actually some high-quality, if intermittent, bike routes in and around the city but every cyclist has their own list of black holes and disconnected routes. My bugbear is Cowley Road, a chaotic, pot-holed, traffic-choked melee, as bad for cyclists as it is for drivers despite the £1m safety improvements. A cycling city like Oxford deserves much better.”
So what next? Cyclox and Sustrans are jointly developing a vision for the Oxford “city region”, setting out what a cycle-friendly Oxford could and should be, and calling for “proper joined-up bicycle infrastructure”.
James Styring will remain on the Cyclox committee. The new chairman is Dr Simon Hunt from Headington.