Cycle trips along the Exe Estuary Trail between Exmouth and Lympstone have rocketed by 153 per cent this year.
Highways chiefs have highlighted the huge increase, when compared to 2019 figures, and issued a plea for users of the route to ‘give each other plenty of room’.
Devon County Council (DCC) is reminding everyone of its ‘Share this Space’ campaign and asking people to take extra care when using trails.
The paths provide a great opportunity for people to get outdoors and boost health and wellbeing, but it’s important that people make sure they give each other plenty of room…
Cabinet member for highway management Councillor Stuart Hughes said: “It’s excellent to see more people using our off-road walking and cycle trails, and they’re being well-used during this latest lockdown.
“The paths provide a great opportunity for people to get outdoors and boost health and wellbeing, but it’s important that people make sure they give each other plenty of room.
“Providing others with a bit more time and extra space can help everyone enjoy themselves while they’re out and about.
“We would just ask everyone to be alert, be patient and be courteous to each other.”
Share this Space advice for road users and shared-path users includes:
- Cyclists are asked to please pass walkers slowly and carefully, letting people know you’re there and giving them space;
- Dog walkers on shared paths are asked to keep dogs under close control on a short lead;
- Pedestrians are asked to check for traffic if they are stepping into the road to maintain a social distance;
- Drivers and motorcyclists are asked to be considerate and to give vulnerable road users such as cyclists and horse-riders extra space (two metres if possible) when passing them. Also be aware of the possibility of pedestrians stepping into the road for social distancing.
More information is available here.