Here are some
local and national news items and information of interest to Pedestrians. There is also a News Archive
Call for better pavement snow clearing
See letter to The Oxford Times.
(Last year we saw a couple of pavement snow ploughs. Does the Council still have them?)
Headington Walking Map released:
The County Council is using Government grant money to encourage people to walk more.
See comment on a new map of walking paths in Headington.
20 mph speed limits:
Oxford police to enforce limits - three years after they were put in place. See item from
The Oxford Times, with comment.
The County Council has chosen the "boulevard" from the two possible designs for Frideswide
Square. See details.
In a follow-up to OxPA's Yellow Ribbon campaign, 84% of respondents to an Oxford Times poll
agreed that the Council is not doing enough to reduce pavement obstructions.
City danger zones.
OxPA lists the danger spots and what needs to be done about them.
"Perhaps urban speeding will become as scorned as drink driving"
An article in The Economist takes an optimistic view of trends in car speeds.
Pedestrian crossings need retiming
Most older people in England cannot cross the road in the time allowed on pedestrian
crossings. See summary of report.
Bringing it home
Type your postcode into the BBC map to see where local road deaths have been occurring.
See the summary report from the British Medical Journal.
Making the case for investment in the walking environment. A review of the evidence.
Living Streets commissioned this important study by the University of the West of England.
Department of Health:
Walking is good for you! See the evidence and DoH guidance
Department for Transport:
National Audit Office
Report on Improving Road Safety for Pedestrians and Cyclists in Great Britain (2009).
"Streets are for cars and children need to stay out of them". How the American car industry
created the "crime" of jaywalking. BBC Magazine report.
Many of Dean's arguments are still relevant today - although his linking of the motor car industry to fascism is now, one hopes, of purely historical interest!
Thanks to OxPA Member Tristram Wyatt for finding this interesting item on the Web.