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Campaigners unveil new plan for cycling in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Cycling Network's proposed network Image copyright Oxfordshire Cycling Network
Image caption Oxfordshire Cycling Network would like spending on cycling increased to 10 pounds per person

Every major town in Oxfordshire could be connected by cycle paths if plans for new infrastructure win support.

Oxfordshire Cycling Network (OCN) has released its vision for 366 miles of cycle routes, costing about £120m.

It says they would be high quality segregated routes like those seen in "the Netherlands or Denmark".

Chair of OCN, Robin Tucker, said it was a "big undertaking" and they would concentrate on the busiest routes first, like Abingdon to Oxford.

"Oxfordshire has got a long way to go, I think [the network] will take 20 years to build even if we get a reasonable rate of funding."

It is estimated the network would cost £120m, but OCN claims it could be worth £112m every year in health and journey-time benefits.

The organisation - which brings together 29 cycling and supporting organisations - is asking candidates for May's Oxfordshire County Council elections to support the plan.

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