Oxford is considering creating more city-centre space for people on foot and on cycle. The way to do this is by limiting the usage of city-centre streets by private motor traffic. This can be done via ANPR cameras at strategic points to enforce no-entry to private cars except those with exemptions.
A full discussion of the proposals is here, including details of the possible exempt categories of automobiles, hours of operation, location of ANPR cameras, etc. Note: The ANPR camera-control points are known as “bus gates”.
Have you wondered why so many European cities manage to have space in the centre for people to relax and for cafes to have plentiful outdoor seating? Places with big pedestrian plazas? The reason they manage it is because they restrict access by car to the city centre. Now is our chance to do the same.
If you want to see the councils adopt these strategies, you need to complete the council’s consultation survey NOW. Survey closes at 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 9.
The survey can be found here: https://consultations.oxfordshire.gov.uk/consult.ti/oxfordbusgates/consultationHome
For inspiration, look to the city of Ghent in Belgium.
And you can hear more about Ghent’s traffic circulation and how it has benefited Ghent during recovery from COVID-19 from the deputy of mayor of Ghent here: