Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: Campaigners Guide

8. Support council officers during design and installation

Council officers are in a difficult position and often need the support of campaigners to counter objections. Maintaining a positive dialogue throughout the process is important, so that Council staff feel the work they are doing is valued.

It is also important for campaigners to respond to transport policy consultations and to advocate for policies supporting LTNs, as officers and Councillors will find it difficult to introduce practical measures without the relevant policies in place.

How we did it in Oxford

Request for LTNs in local plan
Campaigners successfully requested LTNs to be included in our local cycling & walking plan. Jan 2020.
Engagement with formal LTN consultation
We promoted the consultation & encouraged residents to respond. Nov 2020.
Letters of support to councillors
Encouraging residents to write to coucillors with positive personal stories, and writing open letters. Ongoing.
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For detail of the consultations on policy which our campaigners were involved with, see the 2020 draft Oxford Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which included a map showing potential LTNs in residential areas across the city with a recommended budget of £12.5 million. The plan also included a policy to support the implementation of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Oxford, as a way of improving local public realm and improving conditions for walking and cycling.

See also this news article announcing the formal consultation on three Cowley LTNs. Supporters and residents were encouraged to respond to the consultation, using email lists, social media and flyers.