New cycle route planned

12:51 02 July 2014

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

Archant

A new town centre cycle route, linking the Exe Estuary Trail with the seafront and Budleigh Salterton, could be open by the end of the summer before the Tour of Britain.

On Monday, town hall chiefs backed a route from the train station, past the leisure centre, across Imperial Road to Manchester Road, and past Haldon House Surgery.

Cyclists would then turn right, cycle past TSB, past the taxi rank, Thomas Tuckers and to Chapel Hill.

In reverse from the seafront, bikes would enter The Strand from Chapel Hill using a ‘cycle-only’ contra flow to TSB, before the route goes back up Manchester Road.

The route was changed because of worries that cyclists would mingle with pedestrians.

Town councillors had concerns about the route not being signposted and fears about the safety of pedestrians.

Paul Hawkins of Sustrans said: “Regarding concerns that the mixing of cycling traffic with other users of The Strand, the signed route will not change the habits of local cyclists, who,will continue to cycle where they cycle at present

“It will be used by visitors to the area wishing to explore Exmouth.

“As a result, they are unlikely to ride at speed and likely to stop at various shops.”

Councillor John Humphreys said: “They have gone away, they have reviewed it, and come up with an alternative route.”

Councillor Brian Toye said:

“Not all cyclists are considerate. There are probably just a few bad apples in a big barrel but you have got to protect the public.

“You could have signs that could say ‘would cyclist please dismount in pedestrianised areas’.

Councillor Steve Gazzard said: “I must say, I am surprised about the amount of cyclists who do dismount in places like the subway. My initial fears are allayed, and I think the majority of cyclists I have seen do behave responsibly.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 12:30

Community and voluntary groups which feel in need of more support or want to learn how to work more effectively are being urged to register with a local charity.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

An application to build five houses on agricultural land in East Budleigh looks set to get the go-ahead.

Read more
Fri, 15:13

Photographers have been capturing the first frost of the season.

Read more
Fri, 14:57

Visitors looking to do Christmas shopping can benefit from cheaper parking in East Devon, thanks to a returning offer from the district council.

Read more
Fri, 14:41

A serial burglar from Lympstone has been given a chance to overcome his drug habit and warned he faces a five year jail term if he fails.

Read more
Fri, 12:30

A Royal Navy officer made a return to her old stomping ground to present Exmouth’s Sea Cadets with their latest award, writes Daniel Green.

Read more
Fri, 10:00

The closure of a mineral processing plant in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) could mean 140 fewer HGVs a day travelling across Woodbury Common.

Read more
Fri, 06:30

Lympstone residents have accused Devon County Council (DCC) of ignoring the village during the Dinan Way extension consultation process.

Read more
Thu, 16:59

‘Any positive ideas are seriously compromised by austerity agenda’ - Sidmouth nurse and steward for the trade union

Read more
Thu, 12:30

Exmouth planners have backed the refurbishment of an iconic town centre building – with opposition to the scheme described as ‘hogwash’.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 5°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications