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Low Carbon Oxford North (LCON) is a charity set up by local residents to support ambitious CO2 cuts through local action. We work with our community, offering practical ideas, information and activities, to help address the climate crisis. We also collaborate with other groups and engage with our city and county councils, to influence climate action across Oxford.
We are currently raising funds for a new project, the Oxford Car-Free Challenge, in partnership with the national climate action group Possible and Cardiff University. The Oxford Car-Free Challenge aims to promote and support active travel (by which we mean walking, cycling and using public transport) and to reduce car dependency in our congested city, while addressing some of the confusion and polarisation that has arisen around this topic.
The project will involve recruiting 12 volunteer regular car users and supporting them in giving up using their cars for a period of 3 weeks. These individuals will then act as exemplars or mentors to encourage others to reduce their car use. The Challenge aims make a practical contribution to moving our city away from the car dependency that not only creates pollution and poor air quality and makes it difficult and unsafe to move around, but also puts us all at risk from the CO2 emissions created by so many private vehicles. Measures to restrict driving in the city’s transport strategy have won majority support from residents, but residents with high car use are naturally concerned about the impact of changes on their everyday lives, even if they agree on the need for them. This project will help to signpost realistic alternatives in a way that is sympathetic, supportive and positive.
Further details on the project can be found here