Village objects to new Exmouth cycle link

15:00 28 January 2013

Cyclists on the cycle path heading out of Exmouth towards Lympstone. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8699-21-11SH. Click on myphotos24 to order your copy of this photograph.

Cyclists on the cycle path heading out of Exmouth towards Lympstone. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8699-21-11SH. Click on myphotos24 to order your copy of this photograph.

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A proposed link between the Exe Estuary Cycle Trail and the top of Exmouth has been opposed by Lympstone Parish Council.

Earlier this month, Exmouth Town Council agreed to allocate £40,000 of funding towards the estimated £200,000 cost of the new path, which would run through Lower Halsdon Farm to the A376.

However, Lympstone councillors are concerned that this would increase the number of cyclists using the trail – which directs cyclists along narrow roads through the centre of the village.

The vice-chairman of the council, Councillor Richard Eastley, said: “From where the trail comes out on Sowden Lane, with the narrowness of the road there, if you’re driving a car you’re very likely to get bumped by cyclist, and if you’re old you worry if you will be allowed to drive afterwards, because if you hit cyclists or a pedestrian the driver is nearly always deemed at fault.

“These cyclists come down at a rate of knots – they don’t even look some of them.

“I object to any increase in cyclists through the village until something else is done to take them away from the centre of the village.”

The proposed link is being put forward as a partnership between Exmouth Town Council, East Devon District Council, Devon County Council, Exmouth Cycle Group, Sustrans and the National Trust.

2 comments

  • Being a Lympstone resident and cyclist I can't believe the hostility towards cyclists in the village. There was even a book in the village where walkers and drivers could go and record near misses you've had with cyclists! This attitude towards a minority group in any other circumstance would be deemed oppressive, but it seems cyclists are fair game. If the councillor got off his high chair and used the path he may realise that 4 abreast walkers, dogs off leads, etc are also issues that cyclists contend with when using the route. Cyclists on the NCN2 are being environmentally friendly by reducing traffic on the A376, staying fit, bringing business to local pubs and what a dire welcome they get! Perhaps some "Lympstone Welcomes Safe Cyclists" signs should be put up! Maybe the council should be doing more to get a 20mph speed limit in the village as the speed of cars really is an issue and a danger that needs addressing! On a positive note it's nice to see Exmouth Town Council coughing up some cash for our cycling infrastructure! I'll finish on the councillors crass statement that sort of sums up his view from the drivers seat... "if you’re driving a car you’re very likely to get bumped by cyclist" .... Poor little car driver, that must be so painful being bumped by a 1" steel tube and flesh v your cage of steel and glass!

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    Stuart Woolger

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • I object to the number of dogs running loose on the cycle path !....you are reminded to keep your dogs under control !....and by the way I am not a cyclist !

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    Carlo Marx

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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