February 09, 2021
Oxford County seeks public input on Cycling Master Plan
Residents can share input by attending a virtual public open house, as well as through a survey and interactive mapping tool
Oxford County is gearing up for the second phase in the development of a county-wide Cycling Master Plan. The plan will build on work that is already taking place to promote commuting by bicycle, connect roadway cycling routes to off-road trail networks, and enhance tourism opportunities.
Based on phase one consultations, the recommendations are for a tiered approach to the cycling network. A tiered approach would feature a Primary Cycling Network that connects many of Oxford County’s key destinations and a secondary network that will serve the growing number of recreational and touring cyclists in the area.
As the County cycles forward into phase two of plan development, the County is looking for additional input on ways to improve cycling for people of all ages and abilities in the County. Areas, where the County is seeking additional input, include:
- What elements of the Primary Cycling networks should be a priority upon implementation?
- What types of cycling amenities are wanted and useful? And, where should these amenities be located?
- What types of signage and wayfinding should be used to help to support use of the cycling network?
Due to COVID-19, engagement opportunities will be of a virtual nature and will include a virtual public open house, survey and mapping tool. The virtual open house, which will include a presentation followed by a Q&A session, will be held on Thursday, February 25 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Access to the open house will be through www.oxfordcounty.ca/livestream. To share input and feedback through the online survey or interactive mapping tool, or for more information on the project, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup. The deadline for feedback (including survey and mapping tool input) is Thursday, March 11.
The final Cycling Master Plan will put forward a set of recommendations to better connect significant areas in and outside of Oxford County through trails and cycling routes; establish commuting infrastructure that allows cycling to be used in tandem with public transit, carpools and passenger rail service; and promote a stronger culture of cycling in Oxford. The development of a Cycling Master Plan is recommended in the 2019 Transportation Master Plan and identified in the Oxford County Official Plan.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 119,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero-waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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