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Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Bicycles banned in Oxted?

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The story revolves around a young boy who was nearly taken out by a bad driver (one of the quarry lorry drivers). His mum complained at the local police station only to be advised that she shouldn’t let her son ride his new bicycle around Oxted. You couldn’t make it up.

Except of course that you could. We have evidence of this in the headline of the Surrey Mirror which tells us that push bikes have been “banned” in Oxted (their quotation marks). Of course there is no ban and I feel this exaggeration only undermines a legitimate grievance. Of course they are exaggerating in order to sell papers and it works (well it did on me). Secondly the article is relying on hearsay and selective paraphrasing (the angry mother told us that the police told her something and we will give you only the juicy bits).

Nonetheless my personal view is that Surrey County Council should reduce the speed limit on all Oxted streets to 20 mph (where there is not a completely segregated bicycle lane and to 30 mph where there is one). This principle should include the A25 where it passes through the town.

I believe this is a serious issue - elsewhere in the country a child on a bicycle was killed this week, and drivers in Oxted are becoming far too impatient as they rush around. The speed reduction would send out a clear message to motorists and make the streets more friendly for our children again.

Posted by bigblue on 17/03/2010 at 01:39 PM
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I wish there were more segregated bicycle lanes here.

Posted by SteveH  on  19/03/2010  at  05:38 PM

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