Under the guise of "controlling traffic," officials are attempting to control the lives of the people in Oxford, England. This is a "test case" that must NOT be allowed to set a precedent.
This is happening in Oxford, England. Spread the word NOW, or soon the control systems will be installed in YOUR neighborhood.
Oxfordshire County Council, which is run by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, wants to divide the city of Oxford into six ‘15 minute’ districts. In these districts, it is said, most household essentials will be accessible by a quarter-of-an-hour walk or bike ride, and so residents will have no need for a car.
On the surface, these 15-minute neigbourhoods might sound pleasant and convenient. But there is a coercive edge. The council plans to cut car use and traffic congestion by placing strict rules on car journeys.
Residents will have to register their cars with the council and they will be tracked to count their journeys through the key gateways. It’s the social credit scheme that starts with your car and works like anti-frequent-flyer points.
Under the new proposals, if any of Oxford’s 150,000 residents drives outside of their designated district more than 100 days a year, he or she could be fined £70.
Even if it was a traffic problem, there is a free market solution where they make alternatives better, instead they’ve picked the totalitarian path which involves tracking people and fining them, and dole out permits to “selected” friends.
Reading more of the local news, there have been many protests, and at least 6,000 people opposed. The desire for the traffic measures doesn’t seem to be coming from the people who live and work there.
I lived in Oxford for 17 years (1992-2009) and there was a traffic redirection scheme implemented circa 1999 to reduce the amount of cars entering the city centre. Was absolute chaos for months because not only was there redirection but the lights were set to cause major delays. During the initial implementation it took me 1hr and 40 minutes to get from Christ Church to Botley Road – about 1km – in the early afternoon. The traffic lights were backed off, but the road closures remained and it did reduce traffic…for a while, then some streets turned into a torrent of half empty buses. My impression was that it became more dangerous to cross the High Street after the calming measures than before.
The town is already quite radial with poor parking and most people already walk/bike to shops within their arm of the city when they can or head out to the major supermarkets on the ring road; you don’t drive through Oxford unless you can’t help it, and there are already four major park and ride car parks on the ring road from which people bus into the centre. Looking at the roads they are blocking, this appears to me to be a first step in completely isolating the various parts of Oxford from each other for little real purpose (other than causing a few people major inconvenience) rather than anything to do with redirecting cars from the city centre – the latter was done two decades ago. I suspect Oxford has been chosen because it already works like a 15 minute city and will be held up to the world as a successful implementation of this great idea. (It will also cause chaos on the ring road from what I can see which will have the added “benefit” of isolating Oxford from the rest of the county.)
Have you been to Oxford recently? Have you seen the Extinction Rebellion posters all over the place? Perhaps take a walk down the urban-utopia dump of the Cowley road (home to Oxford’s Wokerati) to get a sense of the degree to which the city has drunk the climate kool-aid.
The congestion problem in Oxford was bad, but not much worse than most other UK cities, usually exacerbated by old, narrow bridges acting as choke points on arterial routes out of the city centre (Botley and Abingdon Roads in particular). Decent infrastructure projects could have partially addressed these problems, and the ‘Zero Emissions Zone’ in the centre, was necessary to pedestrianize what was a crowded part of the city.
The council’s ‘solution’ however has been to deliberately exacerbate the congestion problems through the introduction of ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’, making certain routes impassable, doctoring traffic light timing, introducing 20mph limits on main arterial roads and turning sections into road-wide cycle lanes. This has, within weeks, pretty much doubled congestion in the city. The idea is clearly to make life as hellish as possible for drivers in order to create justification for their idiotic, authoritarian plan – itself a sign of the level of dishonesty the green blob is prepared to stoop to.
Short of banning cars altogether – which would be economic death for the city – the ‘traffic filters’ will just create more congestion and misery for residents and workers (and ironically danger for pedestrians and cyclists), as traffic is forced out onto what is misleadingly called a ‘ring road’, on a 15 mile journey to another entry points which will serve as traffic bottlenecks, and need to be used to access the city’s park-and-rides. This ring road is actually a major route from the North to the South of the UK, and already dangerous and inadequate for its purpose.
Oxford council would realise within five minutes of analysing their plans that they are utterly idiotic and self-defeating. The fact they seem unprepared to do this at any cost suggests to me they are acting on instructions from higher up.
Yes, the gentlemen above are/were Right Said Fred…
We’re meeting at 11:00AM on Sunday.
We will be meeting at Seacourt Park & Ride near the Botley Interchange to the west of Oxford city.
For people in cars it’s obviously very easy to find. If you’re arriving in Oxford by train just get the bus from the station. They run every six minutes or so and it’s only a one mile journey.
We will start processing everyone with T-shirts, leaflets, maps at 11:00AM. Once we feel everyone has arrived we’ll have a group photo and a couple of short speeches. Then everyone will be set free to do their leafleting!
We may stay if we can for stragglers. If you are late, email us with an ETA as soon as you can and we’ll see if we can accommodate you.
They will be distributing the following leaflet…
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JANUARY 8, 2023
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The “OFFICIAL” version:
The current proposals include six traffic filters. Three of these will be located in the city centre on:
St Cross Road (immediately south of its junction with Manor Road)
Thames Street (immediately east of its junction with Blackfriars Road)
Hythe Bridge Street (immediately west of its junction with Rewley Road)
The remaining three filters will be located on:
St Clements (immediately east of its junction with Boulter Street and Jeune Street)
Marston Ferry Road (immediately west of the access to The Swan School)
Hollow Way (between James Wolfe Road and Dene Road)
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