Cycle County Active County is the UK's most popular networking event for active travel professionals. 2023 will focus on the cities in transition to more resilient, more active and more inclusive futures.
Oxfordshire has an impressive planning framework on the agenda, backed by considerable political will, vision and leadership from all main parties.
County areas have as much to contribute to the local and national economy as core cities. Smaller cities, towns and rural areas are home to a considerable proportion of the UK's population, and have their own opportunities and challenges when it comes to enabling more cycling, walking and active travel.
Oxfordshire County Council has ambitious plans to give residents more options for active travel, as outlined in its county-wide Local Transport and Connectivity Plan and its Active Travel Strategy. By supporting and encouraging active travel – walking, wheeling and cycling – it aims to help improve people’s health and wellbeing, reduce traffic congestion and help address the climate crisis.
"I am absolutely delighted that Cycle County Active County, the National Active Travel Conference for the Department for Transport and its executive agency Active Travel England, will be taking place in Oxford in 2023.
'We have ambitious plans across Oxfordshire to give residents more options for travel as outlined in our county-wide Local Transport and Connectivity Plan. By supporting and encouraging active travel – walking, wheeling and cycling – we can help improve people’s health and wellbeing, reduce traffic congestion and help address the climate crisis. It is a mark of our progress that Oxfordshire will host Cycle County Active County 2023"
Councillor Andrew Gant,Cabinet Member for Highway Management, Oxfordshire County Council
Initiatives such as Connecting Oxford, the introduction of a Workplace Parking Levy, and the evolving role of devolved bodies, for example England's Economic Heartland new regional strategy and devolution plans, make Oxfordshire an ideal testing ground. Plans are in progress to reduce single occupancy private car journeys in the drive to boost activity levels, improve air quality, reduce congestion and improve traveller safety.
These challenges have unique drivers in small cities and county / rural areas, and Oxfordshire has proven itself to be especially innovative in rising to them.
Cycle County Active County Oxfordshire is the 9th event in the Cycle City Active City series, will feature presentations, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities for professionals delivering walking and cycling projects across the UK and beyond. It takes place at the Examination Schools, a landmark at the heart of Oxford.