From 26th July to 1st August 2020, CoHSAT organised a popup experience in an empty shop in the centre of Oxford.

The aim was to spark discussion for a re-imagined Oxford, sharing our ideas for better public realm, more cycling provision and pedestrianisation. More specifically, we want to see an ambitious approach to tackling congestion and improving public transport and walking and cycling in Oxford.

The popup shop was a great success. We had about 360 visitors overall,
including several councillors, plus masses of feedback and
approximately 60 postcards with written support to send directly to
councillors. Plus lots of activity on social media and featured in local
newspapers, radio stations and TV news.

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Traffic restriction point on Nightingale Avenue, to prevent through traffic between Greater Leys and Blackbird Leys.

Blackbird Leys

 

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Broad Street has outstanding architectural quality and there is a dearth of public space in Oxford. All public parking should be removed and the square repaved primarily for pedestrians and cyclists.

Broad Street currently.

 

 

Existing and proposed bus gateways

 

XR campaigning for bus gateways

XR campaigning for bus gateways

Cowley Road from The Plain to Manzil Way: part of St Mary’s low traffic neighbourhood.

Cowley Road LTN re-imagined

Cowley Road LTN re-imagined

On London Road looking towards the city centre.

Headington shops re-imagined

The High Street and St Aldates are extremely congested areas for pedestrians: improvements depend on the implementation of the city centre bus gates.

The High Street looking west towards Carfax, from the Longwall traffic lights: One-way traffic in the High Street and St Aldates is an alternative vision which would reduce the congestion in St Aldates and free up space for safe cycle routes and attractive walkways. Picture from Andy Coram. Sketch by Frazer Hembrow.

A Better High Street

Hythe Bridge Street is the gateway from Oxford train station to the city centre. Conditions for pedestrians are extremely poor. The pavements are narrow and overcrowded, but are used by around 10,000 pedestrians a day, with large numbers pulling trolley cases. This is a principal cycle street.

When the Worcester Street bus gate is opened in August, traffic will be a lot less, so Hythe Bridge Street can be made into an attractive place to walk and cycle. It would be a worthy entrance to the City.

Hythe Bridge Street re-imagined

Hythe Bridge Street re-imagined

Hythe Bridge Street re-imagined as a canal basin

Hythe Bridge Street re-imagined as a canal basin

 

Present day Hythe Bridge Street

Hythe Bridge Street now

Hythe Bridge Street now

Hythe Bridge Street now with poor pavements

Hythe Bridge Street now with poor pavements

Iffley Road, looking towards Rose Hill: How our main roads could be with less traffic, wider pavements and cycle paths, and no parking

A re-imagined Iffley Road 2

 

A re-imagined Iffley Road

A re-imagined Iffley Road

A re-imagined Iffley Road

 

Present day Florence Park

Present day Florence Park

A re-imagined Florence Park

A re-imagined Florence Park

A pedestrianised Walton Street, by the Phoenix cinema, looking south.

Walton Street re-imagined 2

A pedestrianised Walton Street, looking east along Observatory Street.

Walton Street re-imagined

Replacing the barrier

Replacing the barrier

Pedestrianisation could make Walton Street a thriving eating and shopping destination

Pedestrianisation could make Walton Street a thriving
eating and shopping destination.

Resident only traffic in Jericho

Resident only traffic in Jericho.

St Bernard's Road, Leckford and Kingston Roads re-imagined

St Bernard’s Road, Leckford and Kingston Roads re-imagined

Once at the Park & Ride, people may be reluctant to get on public transport while the coronavirus is so active. A new choice for them could be to Park & Pedal, using their own or a hired bike.

 

A re-imagined South Oxford

A re-imagined South Oxford

 

St Giles is one of Oxford’s jewels, but currently the space is devoted almost entirely to parking and traffic movements. In contrast to the wide expanse of carriageway and parking, footways are narrow. Pedestrian congestion along the west side is often severe. Removing the parking and narrowing the traffic lanes would create a wonderful space for people, enhanced by cafés, flowers, and sculptures. This could happen overnight. In the longer-term, a Las Ramblas solution could be even better, with all the people in the centre and the traffic on the edges.

A re-imagined St Giles, East Side

A re-imagined St Giles, East Side

Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Photo of St Giles during the pandemic

Photo of St Giles during the pandemic

 

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Proposed LTNs

Proposed LTNs