The Travel and Transport theme promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths, in order to reduce car dependency.
Travel and transport
An integrated approach to travel can contribute to healthy living, minimise our dependence on cars, and above all reduce carbon emissions. Cycling and walking can also be an efficient way of shopping locally or nearby. Sustainable Blewbury promotes public transport and encourages cycling and walking, with more cycleways and footpaths.
We welcome ideas about how to do this. If you would like to get involved, or just want to be kept informed by email, please contact Mike Marshall:.
The Blewbury Energy Initiative has investigated how to minimise carbon dioxide emissions when making journeys. The summary page has links to a compilation and evaluation of the emissions from different types of transport, as well as a detailed discussion on choosing a low-emission car. There are tips for driving to minimise fuel consumption, and a discussion on the present and future use of alternative road fuels with a separate page on hydrogen and fuel cells.
Living in a village some use of cars is unavoidable, even with good public transport and with more local journeys done on foot or bicycle. In addition to reducing the number of journeys by car, we can try to lower our carbon footprint by encouraging the use of more efficient and cleaner cars, and by reducing how many cars are needed. Possibilities might include ride sharing, shared ownership, or rental schemes. (Photo: typical jam on the nearby A34.)
Bus services from Blewbury
Our bus services are a lifeline for people who can’t get around by car. They are also useful for people who need to commute to work by train but don’t want to pay a lot to park at Didcot, and/or would otherwise have to run a second car in their household. But at the end of July 2016 Oxfordshire County Council ended all bus subsidies in the county. After a concerted effort by all the villages dependent on the 94 and 95 bus services, we managed to retain a roughly hourly service to Didcot on weekdays, but we lost Saturday services. This is now on a one-year trial; if it is not financially viable for the bus company there will be further reductions or even termination of our bus services. The current timetable can be found here.
In addition, Downland Villages Transport Group (DVTG), the community organisation that salvaged the new 94/94A service, is now running one minibus per week to Wallingford on Fridays. Note that you must join DVTG and cannot buy tickets on the bus itself.
See the article in our Newsletter issue 15 for more details.
One of the nicest features of Blewbury is that there are no through roads across the middle, and the lovely paths are often the quickest and most direct way to get to other parts of the village. Externally, Blewbury has a very good network of footpaths leading onto open downland (for example to the Ridgeway) and connecting to all the surrounding villages.
Cycling helps to improve fitness and can be an efficient way of shopping. However, Blewbury is not yet on a dedicated cycle route. Together with Blewbury Parish Council we are seeking dedicated cycle routes from the village, especially to Didcot. There is already a cycleway from Upton to Didcot (dotted), and cycling to Didcot takes under half an hour. The map shows one possible future route from Blewbury to Didcot (solid). Visiting a number of shops is quick and easy, and there are no parking problems. For recreation there are a number of quiet local roads towards Wallingford, or head up to the Downs.
Local shops provide a range of goods, and any higher prices are often counteracted by savings in car fuel costs and your time. For recreation, there are many lovely walks, ranging from short to quite long, in all directions from Blewbury. The booklet Walks Around Blewbury, available from the Blewbury Local History Group, gives a selection.