RE: “Lovely walk has been spoilt”. I have read with interest many comments about the cycle routes,

RE: Lovely walk has been spoilt . I have read with interest many comments about the cycle routes, in particular along the seafront. Having moved to Exmouth three years ago, one of our main family delights is to have encouraged all our four children - no

RE: "Lovely walk has been spoilt".

I have read with interest many comments about the cycle routes, in particular along the seafront. Having moved to Exmouth three years ago, one of our main family delights is to have encouraged all our four children - now aged eight to 13 - to learn to ride and to come out on family bike rides.

We regularly use the seafront cycle path, as well as the Lympstone cycle path, and it is so brilliant to be able to do this together, in a relatively safe environment. I am really conscious of not offending anyone walking along, and find that most people are fine if you ring your bell and say a polite thank you if you cannot get past.

I find the worst part of the cycle path is between the Octagon and Mamhead slip, where it becomes narrow and people are loading in and out of their cars or stepping away from the bus shelters.


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I would have thought it would have been safer to let the cyclists keep to the sea wall side here, to keep out of the way.

I could not let my younger children go on the road behind all the cars that are often reversing out of parking spots - that is asking for an accident. I have never yet had an accident or a near miss, but I have had a few, may I be controversial and say older generation people giving me the "evil eye" for daring to ring my bell!

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I wondered if they were so deaf they couldn't here my brakes screeching and can't read the signs to show which side to walk along.

Occasionally, some people seem to think we shouldn't be on this marked cycle path and do their damndest to be obstructive.

My view is that if we are all courteous to each other and respect that we are all enjoying this wonderful amenity in our own way, we should be able to work alongside each other.

But perhaps the "Grumps" of this world like having someone to whinge on about? I really hope the moaning minnies don't spoil such a wonderful, family friendly, cheap amenity for those of us who love to enjoy it.

Fiona Cameron Jones,

4 Isca Road,

Exmouth.

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