Links

Links to pages related to cycling and sustainable transport in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall

Sustrans – the charity for Sustainable transport where you can find and download maps, cycling accessories. Plan a route, get the latest information on cycling initiatives in Devon and Cornwall as well as nationwide.

“Let’s Ride” Social rides: Mainly (but not only) women-only frequent rides for those who just want a ride and a chat at a relaxed pace, with a guide to make sure you don’t get lost.

Plymouth Corinthian Cycling Club: the club for road racing, time trials and sportives events.

Yogi Cycling: the friendly cycling club with rides most weeks.

Cyclists’ Touring Club: The Plymouth branch of the nationwide Cyclists’ Touring Club.

Plymouth City Council Cycling and Walking information

Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion cycling page for everything that’s happening in the City with sustainable transport

Bicycle maintenance courses and ride training from Bike Space in association with Plymouth City Council – encouraging cycling in Plymouth.

The Dartmoor Way – a circular cycling and walking route around the Moor, accessible from NCN27 at Clearbrook and NCN2 at Ivybridge

Dorset Cyclists’ Network

Bike Cornwall

Had your bike stolen? Report it here.

http://www.teampannier.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Devon%20Coast%20to%20Coast is a link to a blog about a group of friends riding the Devon Coast to Coast (NCN 27). The blog was written before the Gem Bridge was open – it’s easier now!

EuroVélo the official website for the network of long distance cycle paths in Europe, including the Vélodyssée trail with its extension to the South Coast and NCN 27, the Devon Coast to Coast Trail.

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  1. Why don’t cyclists use cycle paths, well yesterday I was? Cycling northbound on the pink cycle path between McDonalds and Sendalls Way (the entrance to B&Q Derriford). Young woman in front with a pushchair and 2 other children, all on the cycle path. I slowed down almost to a standstill to avoid the family, this was after I rang the bell which they heard and turned around. I politely said to the lady “do you know your on the cycle path”, to which she replied “I’m on the footpath”, I pointed out to her she was standing on the outline of a cyclist, and next to her on the footpath there was the outline of a pedestrian, did that work, no, by the time the conversation was over I was sworn at and called several other names.
    This is a frequent occurrence along this stretch, pedestrians of all ages ambling along, eating their M & S sandwiches, earphones in, looking at their phones, give you the stare when you ring the bell or mention there’s a footpath alongside, that’s why some cyclists don’t use cycle paths.

  2. At the last meeting Dave Wigmore requested thoughts/views re cycling in Plymouth, and all members are encouraged to contact their local councillors expressing their views/concerns, I have contacted mine (Moor View) expressing thoughts about shared pathways which are a danger to both cyclists and pedestrians, and do not allow cyclists to “make progress”. As stated at the meeting, it may make some non cycling councillors sit up and take note.
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    Hello
    As the councillors for Moor View, I am writing to you, as all members of Plymouth Cycle Campaign are being encouraged to do, re views/problems with cycling in Plymouth. Below are problems I regularly encounter, I appreciate the areas may not be in your ward, but perhaps you can speak to those whose wards the areas are in on my behalf.
    I regularly try to use shared paths from around the George Junction area towards Crownhill and on to Camels Head and basically they don’t work. They are dangerous to both cyclists and pedestrians for the following reasons.
    First example – Powisland Drive to Derriford roundabout – to narrow, very little room to pass/overtake each other. On Tuesdays, rubbish/wheelie bins causing obstructions, often parked vehicles doing the same, and as with all cycle paths, pedestrians/joggers often using iPods’ etc so they never hear you ring your bell. Because of these problems, cyclists like any other commuter who wish to “make progress” cannot do so, nor can club cyclists who often travel at 30 mph or more.
    St Budeaux by pass – while I appreciate the new section from the footbridge over the Parkway to Mowhay Road is quite wide therefore making it a little safer, its still as bad from Mowhay Road to Camels Head as the previous entry, very, very narrow, (especially near the sub station, about 2 feet wide) very little room to negotiate/pass/overtake, pedestrians/joggers, again often using iPods, other cyclists. Occasionally if there a groups they wont make it easy for you, even if you do the right thing and slow down to walking pace. So again you cannot make progress.
    I often also use the Embankment, this has all the problem already stated only worse, its busier so the problems occur more often, family groups, cycling or walking, dog walkers, joggers, people waiting at bus stops, all of which they have the perfect right to do.
    Even as a commuter I often travel at 25 mph or more, if I have to avoid any of the problems explained it’s necessary to use the road/highway otherwise I may as well walk.
    Could you along with other councillors see if there is a way forward to address these problems, i.e. – making where possible, pathways wider, moving street furniture etc to make cycling safer, not just for me, but also for less confident adults and children.

    Dave Gibbs

  3. Dave gibbs calling, cannot make the next meeting, away in Wales. I would like to thank Stuart for all he has done, and I feel sure he will always be benifit even from the side lines

  4. Hi,

    We (YOGi Cycling) have just moved to a new website at http://www.yogicycling.com

    Could you please amend the link on your “links” page?

    Many thanks

    Graham

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