PLYMOUTH CYCLING CAMPAIGN EMBANKMENT ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROPOSALS – THE MAYFLOWER TRAIL
- Shared path – Too narrow for most of length
- Adjacent to busy dual carriageway with narrow lanes and no protection or seperation
- 4 dangerous junctions
- Experienced riders use main road
- Less experienced riders afraid to use the path
- Serious risk of collisions on narrow path – riders knocked into road (similar situation in Portsmouth with fatal consequences).
- Poor surface
- Create new 4 metre wide path from NCN2/NCN27 junction continuing parallel to railway along estuary foreshore to Laira junction then along estuary foreshore to join existing path running eastwards from Old Laira Rail bridge towards City Centre. This would require a new bridge across the Plym and approx. 1400 metres to be raised above the estuary
The Plymouth Cycling Campaign considers this the only solution which results in a safe coherent path on this important leisure and commuter route between the City Centre and Plympton and its suburbs. Based on evidence from elsewhere we believe this could result in a 25%* shift from cars to bikes, especially during commuting periods. *https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2015/february/cycling-in-london-now-highest-since-records-began: “Bikes now make up around 16% of traffic in Central London, rising to around a quarter or even half of all journeys on some routes during peak hours”
Plymouth would then have a scenic high-quality world class cycle path (the Mayflower Trail?) between the City and the Plym Valley Trail (NCN27) and the rest of Devon (NCN2), hugely increasing the attraction of Plymouth as a cycle touring city, much more cycle friendly for its anhabitants.
NOTE: new route Glen Road to Market Road (land owned by PCC). Avoids steep climb, busy junctions
X = Dangerous junctions
1 = wild area, no current access, bridge across Plym required
new route in red