Money raised will enable campaign inspired by Waltham Forest to move onto next phase

An advocacy organisation pushing for a ‘Mini Holland’ style revamping of an area of East Oxford and drawing its inspiration from the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s implementation of such a scheme has  beaten a crowdfunding project that will enable it to take its campaign to the next stage.

Oxfordshire Liveable Streets had been seeking £8,417 on the crowdfunding platform Spacehive, and has now raised more than £8,500 on the platform, with more than 75 people contributing.

The money will be used to fund a Mini Holland campaign for the city, including “a costed proposal for a low-traffic residential zone, a video to launch the campaign, and an Oxford Mini Holland Weekend” – you can find out full details of the latter, which takes place from 7-9 September, here.

In its crowdfunding campaign, Oxfordshire Liveable Streets said:

The Oxford Mini Holland campaign aims to achieve a step-change in liveability in East Oxford. The focal point is the Florence Park estate, but the design benefits people across East Oxford who use the Florence Park area as a transit or destination every day.

Spacehive funds will pay for a costed proposal for a low-traffic area and placemaking in the Florence Park estate, serving as a nexus of walking and cycling routes connecting residents and amenities across a much wider catchment of East Oxford.

Funds will also help pay for Oxford Mini Holland Weekend. This kicks off with workshops co-sponsored by Co-CAFE.org at Brookes (Sept 7), a family-friendly drop-in afternoon at flosoxford.org.uk (Sept 8) and a Mini Holland Night at the Florence Park Community Centre (Sept 9). The events will premiere the liveable-neighbourhood costsings and the Oxford Mini Holland video.

The group added: “We have gathered interest and support from a wide area for this project. Many have stepped forward with pro-bono offerings of expertise and talents. The zeitgeist is with us. We must heed the many imperatives of building liveability into our surroundings: climate change, air poisoning, inactivity, social isolation and more.

“The inspiration for this project is the group of low-traffic neighbourhoods designed into the streetscape of Waltham Forest, London. These started life as a ‘Mini Holland’, a reference to the liveability designed into most Dutch towns and cities.

“This project is a stepping stone on the path to a more liveable Oxford. Realisation will require public enthusiasm and public demand. And these begin with awareness.”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.