HUNDREDS of new bike spaces could be built in Oxford city centre as part of a plan that could cost up to £200,000.

Consultants ParkThatBike told the city council that 665 new spaces could be built in the city centre, with the authority already setting aside £30,000 for about 100 new spaces.

It has now said it wants businesses and other organisations in the city centre to fund more. Oxford University has offered a further £21,000 and has said it will consider whether it could build more spaces on its land.

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New spaces could be created by installing new bike racks, changing the type of racks or by repositioning them.

There are nearly 3,906 spaces already in the city centre, with about 1,000 of those at Westgate. New proposals would see that total increase by 17 per cent to 4,571 spaces.

Louise Upton, Oxford City Council's cabinet member for Healthy City, said: “We now know what is possible. Our £30,000 is a down payment on this project, and we are inviting businesses in Oxford city centre to contribute.”