Oxford's Green Councillors have expressed extreme disappointment that the Phase 1 COVID transport changes  - jointly funded by Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils (using money from Central Government) have not matched up to the hype previously coming out of the City Council  - that has spoken about rapid changes to pedestrianise Broad Street and expand cycle lanes and routes.
Says Green Councillor Dick Wolff, "These changes, which are jointly funded by the City and County Councils, do simply not match the hype that has been in the media recently. This is extremely disappointing. More rapid and radical action is needed if we are to avoid a return to a congested, polluted City Centre when non-essential shops re-open in a weeks time. These Phase 1 measures are simply aimed at getting more people in and out of the City Centre combined with basic signage to encourage social distancing. Our only hope is that Phase 2 is more radical and that it is not too late."
FMI: Cllr Dick Wolff
 Proposed Phase 1 measures comprise:
- Signage on pavements & street furniture (across all shopping centres)
- One-way ped-flow in city-centre hotspots
- Use existing City Ambassadors for "stewarding"
- Remove street clutter to increase cleaning effectiveness & ped-flow
- Exploring hand sanitizer locations in city centre
- Covered Market management plan
- Additional public communications
- Additional bike parking at Park & rides
 https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/18497954.oxford-councillor-lockdown-chance-boost-cycling/ and https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/1442/oxford_businesses_support_measures_to_improve_social_distancing_for_pedestrians_and_cyclists
7th June 2020
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