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‘Take action to cut rising toll of cyclist deaths’
10:30am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
OXFORD city councillors have called for action over the growing number of serious and fatal accidents involving cyclists on the county’s roads.
A motion approved unanimously by the full council on Monday night heard there were 58 cyclists killed or seriously injured in Oxfordshire in 2011 compared to just 27 in 2001.
Approving the motion, the council agreed to “continue to develop its support for cycling safety with the county council”.
It mentioned work for safer traffic management, improved cycle lanes and better signposting.
The motion was proposed by Green councillors and amended by council deputy leader Ed Turner.
Green deputy group leader Craig Simmons said: “This is extremely concerning. More cyclists are being seriously injured than one would expect looking at the national trends.
“It is clear what needs to be done – simple things like improving road markings or replacing worn markings will make a huge difference. These are inexpensive and quick to action.”
The motion said: “The city council will continue to develop its support for cycling safety with the county council, with work to include improved, safer traffic management, improvement to cycle lanes and better signposting of cycle lanes. It will encourage the county council to consider all measures such as weight restrictions to reduce the risks of accidents.”