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Market traders' cars obstruct cycle lane every Wednesday

Reported in the Car parking category anonymously at 08:45, Wed 11 March 2015 using FixMyStreet Pro

Sent to Oxford City Council 5 minutes later

I am writing to complain about the obstruction that is being caused by lorries and cars by the Wednesday Gloucester Green market. There is a cycle lane that runs from Gloucester Green to Beaumont Street at the East end of the square (outside the Red Lion pub). This cycle lane is regularly used as a car park for deliveries to the market. This causes an obstruction — it is a heavily used National Cycle Route. Parking in a cycle lane marked by solid lines is illegal, and is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.

Today, the route was completely blocked. I have attached photos, showing that there were four illegally parked vehicles, with two of them complete obstructing the cycle lane - a car, reg S95WCA, and a lorry, reg GU12LCA. The cycle lane is underneath the blue car, with its entrance blocked by the lorry. I am sure that you can appreciate that this is an unacceptable obstruction, and potentially dangerous. I spoke to the man from the fruit and veg stall (owner of the blue car), who he said that he “had to park there”. This is incorrect, because there is a car park no more than 15 seconds’ walk away, on Gloucester St.

This is an ongoing problem on Wednesday mornings.

Please can you:

* remind market traders that parking in a cycle lane with solid lines is illegal * inform market traders that there is a car park on Gloucester Street, and direct them to use this car park rather than the cycle lane * ensure that traders have a safe place to load and unload which does not obstruct the traffic.

Many thanks!

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