Developing the Borough’s Active Transportation Plan

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As a supplement to Oxford’s soon-to-be complete Comprehensive Plan, the Borough is now working to develop an Active Transportation Plan (ATP). These two documents, combined, will shape policy and identify strategies for implementing infrastructure improvements to enhance sidewalk and trail connectivity, ADA accessibility, public transportation and the Borough’s overall multimodal transportation network.

Between March and September 2023 we will work with McMahon, a transportation engineering, planning, and design firm, to assess existing conditions in the Borough and identify ways to improve our multimodal infrastructure. This project is funded in large part by a $25,000 WalkWorks grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

WalkWorks                                 McMahon   


What is Active Transportation?
Active Transportation basically means any human-powered way of getting around, and includes: biking, walking or rolling. Active transportation planning also includes addressing access to public transportation. This is because many people will use a human-powered way to get to a bus stop.

Why is Active Transportation important?
One thing we love about Oxford is our community’s “walkability,” that for the most part residents can walk or roll many places. The ability to walk, bike or wheel somewhere: lowers fuel consumption and costs; reduces congestion, vehicle emissions and air pollution; and facilitates opportunities to exercise and socialize! Walking, biking, and other forms of human-powered mobility improve overall health, well-being and quality of life in the Borough, and can help contribute to and spur the local economy. Ensuring we have ample non-vehicular ways to get around is also essential for Borough residents who do not have cars, a real challenge in our part of Chester County!

Why an Active Transportation Plan?
Through developing an Active Transportation Plan, the Borough will have a structured, facilitated means to identify and discuss the needs of the Oxford community and gaps in multimodal connectivity. McMahon will help us identify projects and policies that will improve our infrastructure and make walking, biking and wheeling through the Borough more safe and convenient. We’ll also identify where public transportation services are needed most and how we can work with our regional partners to improve access to public and shared transportation services. An adopted ATP will identify and prioritize projects to improve connectivity and outline strategies to fund infrastructure improvements. It will also make the Borough more competitive when applying for grants!

The Pubic Comment Period for the Active Transportation Plan will be from August 23, 2023 to September 22, 2023. 
Comments must be submitted in writing by September 22, 2023 to Borough Hall at the address listed above (Attn: Borough Manager) or by email to, and must include commenter's name and address. Comments can also be made in person at the Borough Council meeting on Monday, September 11, 2023 at Borough Hall at 7:00 pm. 

Adoption of the final Active Transportation Plan will be on the agenda of the Oxford  Borough Council at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, October 16, 2023, at Borough Hall at 7:00 pm.

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Want to learn more about active transportation? Find more resources here!

Questions? Please call 610-932-2500 or email