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Campaigners won’t give up
Campaign group Bike Safe are calling for a cycle lane alongside the B4044. From left to right: Jean Metson, secretary of the group, Ian Leggett, chair, and Dudley Hoddinott, district and parish councillor pictured last year
A COMMUNITY will continue their campaign for a new cycle path on one of Oxfordshire’s busiest roads today.
For months, residents in Dean Court and Eynsham have campaigned for a community path alongside the B4044.
They say it is winding, unlit and too narrow to allow a vehicle to overtake a bike against oncoming traffic.
Now they hope a community event tomorrow will help raise money and awareness of the campaign for nearby residents.
Priscilla Waugh, from the Dean Court Community Action Group, said: “At the moment we have commissioned a feasibility study from the charity Sustrans.
“In the meantime we just want to raise publicity for the path. It would be a fantastic addition to this community.”
It is estimated the cycle route between Dean Court, Botley, and Eynsham would cost up to £2m.
Oxfordshire County Council said last year it did not have the money to invest in the cycle path. So to keep raising its profile, the community group and Bike Safe organisation are holding a Family Bike Day at Fogwell Pavilion, off Eynsham Road, from 2pm until 4pm.
The pavilion would mark the start of the new community path if it was built.
Ms Waugh said: “We want to bring people together, so we have things like bike checks, postcode marking and bicycle repair taking place.
“We’ll have raffles, the chance to see a short film about the path, a swap shop and people can even make their own bicycle smoothie, pedalling a bike to mix the drink.”
The day will also provide the chance to catch up on the Dean Court Community Centre, which is being rebuilt after a major fire last year.
Ms Waugh said: “It is a very exciting time for the community centre. The plans have now gone out to tender, so hopefully work should begin in the next few months.
“It will be a super building, we just can’t wait.”
The building in Pinnocks Way, which was previously home to the local social club, looks set to become a centre for music, events and community groups.