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Torquay's new cycle routes agreed in principle

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

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NEW cycle routes linking Torquay harbour side, the town centre, railway station and Torbay Hospital have been approved.

Torbay Council's transport working party agreed in principle to the new on and off-highway routes.

They are:

An off-highway link between Shiphay Lane and Crownhill Rise/Avenue Road

A signed on-road route from Avenue Road to Upton Park.

A shared footway and cycleway along Lymington Road at Upton Park to Castle Circus.

A cycle link through Union Street, Lower Union Street, Fleet Street and Palk Street to Torquay harbour side which then takes cyclists across the footbridge towards the ferry service.

And a cycle link using Palk Street, Fleet Street, Abbey Road, Tor Hill Road and East Street for cyclists heading from the ferry towards the town centre.

A seafront link would also connect Torbay Hospital, Torquay railway station and Paignton. This route will involve a shared footway and cycleway along Torquay Promenade to Torre Abbey Sands and links adjacent to Torre Abbey Sands and Torre Abbey Meadows.

Patrick Carney, from the council's highways department, told the working party: "We have had Sustrans down to walk and cycle the routes and give advice."

More detailed designs on particular elements of the routes will now be carried out.

Ken Robertson, 76, from Paignton, who has devoted more than 60 years of his life to cycling in the South West and was the overall winner of this year's Torbay Sports Awards, said he welcomed the new routes and was sure to use them.

The former chairman of Mid Devon Cycling Club said: "This is good news. Twenty years ago there weren't any cycle routes and they are increasing at an accelerating rate. Things are going the right way."

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  • ChasTysement  |  January 01 2013, 11:50AM

    bayman1 The Road Fund hasn't been reserved for highway/traffic matters for a very long time: it just goes into the same pot as lots of other taxes, some of which will be paid by most adult cyclists, and where did that 80% come from I wonder? Not from intensive research on your part I'll be bound. Of course cyclists shouldn't be on the pavement but wouldn't it be better to have some properly marked areas for pedestrians and cyclists on some of the wider footways so that we all know where we are rather than having bikes weaving about amongst walkers, pram pushers etc? It is a road safety measure after all. We all have to pay taxes for some things we use and others that we don't and I doubt if you will be more surprised than me if the Council doesn't come up with some notably less worthwhile, and possibly more expensive,A third schemes before 2013 is out, cash strapped or not. A third harbour? A replacement for the vandalised £7k Spanish palm? Humbug indeed!

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  • bayman1  |  December 31 2012, 4:44PM

    Here we go again, more money wasted on cyclists, who pay no road tax and 80% of them are anti social and break every rule in the book, cycling on pavements going though red lights etc Pavements are for PEDESTRAINS, not for cyclists, we DO NOT want shared pavements . Councils say that they have no money and cutting front line services, cutting back on libraries etc, but money is no object for cyclists. NO MORE MONEY should be spent on cyclist in the current financial state of this country

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