Paignton seafront cycle lanes open
By JamSpotter | Wednesday, February 01, 2012, 18:46
Cyclists can now enjoy riding along Paignton seafront as part of their commuter or leisure route.
Paignton seafront cycle lanes are now open on the Eastern Esplanade.
The council has opened Eastern Esplanade to cyclists by introducing contraflow cycle lanes, allowing them to use this scenic section of highway in both directions whilst the road is open to traffic.
The cycle route is intended to link into future cycle facilities, which will form part of the National Cycle Route through Torbay.
Cllr Robert Excell said: "Contraflow cycle lanes have been used successfully throughout the country, enabling cyclists to make use of one-way streets in a safe and legal manner.
"Our scheme allows cyclists to enjoy the views across Torbay whilst avoiding the more heavily trafficked Esplanade Road.
"During the summer months, when the seafront is closed to traffic, an exemption to cyclists will apply so they can enjoy using this route throughout the year.
"We are pleased to open up another section of our National Cycle Network. I am sure it will prove very popular with both local and visiting cyclists due to its proximity to Paignton beach and the adjacent amenities.
"It also provides a safer route than using the busier Esplanade Road, and shows our continuing investment in sustainable transport in Torbay.
"This is a new facility, and I would remind everyone using the Eastern Esplanade of the importance of keeping their eyes and ears open and being aware of other people around them.
"When the area is busy with pedestrians cyclists need to be aware of their speed and cycle in an appropriate manner to ensure that the area can be enjoyed by everyone."
Geograph image by Lewis Clarke.