Queen Street (Oxford) Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (Cargo Pedal Cycle Exemption)

Oxfordshire County Council has decided to make the following experimental Order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and all other enabling power. The effect of the order, which comes into force on 18 May 2020 is:

  • Queen Street (only) - to permit Cargo Bikes (see note below) to use Queen Street in both directions at all times,
  • Other cyclists continue to be prohibited from riding between 10.00am and 6.00pm daily.

Note: For the purposes of the trial, a cargo bike would be defined as follows: “a pedal cycle designed or adapted for the carriage of goods of any description and used for commercial purposes (excluding passengers) whether or not electrically assisted, or a trailer drawn thereby”

The experiment is being proposed because Council Officers believe that allowing cargo bikes to use Queen Street during the day will have benefits in terms of encouraging low emission forms of transport to make deliveries in the city. However, it is recognised that there are some concerns about the use of the street by cargo bikes so the trial will allow monitoring of how it works on a day to day basis. This monitoring will help the right decision to be made in due course about whether to make the arrangements permanent.

The Experimental Order will operate for a maximum period of 18 months and will be monitored with findings reported to the Council`s Transport Committee meeting after at least 6 months.

The Council will be considering in due course whether the provisions of the Experimental Order should be continued in force indefinitely. Any person may object to the making of the experimental Order for the purposes of such indefinite continuation within a period of 6 months** (a) beginning with the day on which the experimental Order comes into force or (b) if that Order is varied by any order made by the Council or modified by the Director for Communities/Infrastructure Delivery of the Council pursuant to Section 10(2) of the 1984 Act, beginning with the day on which the variation or modification comes into force.

** Objections to the proposals and other representations, specifying the grounds on which they are made, may be sent in by completing the online questionnaire, via email or in writing (quoting ref: AK/12.6.320) to the address below by 20 November 2020. The Council will consider objections and representations received in response and they may be disseminated widely for these purposes and made available to the public.


  • Opened
    7 May 2020 at 00:00
  • Closed
    20 Nov 2020 at 23:59


Contact Name Christian Mauz (Technical Officer - Traffic & Road Safety)
Contact Email Address christian.mauz@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 0345 310 1111
Contact Postal Address Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall
New Road

Consultation Topic
  • Economy & business
  • Planning
  • Roads & transport
Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Councillors
  • Businesses
Geographical Area
  • Oxford City