Amanda Cuthbert says:
This is a much needed cycle path, and would make the lives of those living in Littlehempston safer, healthier and more resilient. It would give those without access to vehicular transport, including teenagers, a chance to reach Totnes without taking their lives into their hands, as well as helping to help cut carbon emissions and reduce congestion in the car parks of Totnes
Lydia Somerville says:
Anyone who has attempted to cycle on any of our local A roads will know how unpleasant and dangerous an experience it is, and how we are never going to encourage any sane person to get out of their car until we improve the safety of cycling between our market towns and their surrounding villages . The Littlehempston to Totnes cycle path will vastly improve not only the safety but also the accessibility and pleasure of getting into Totnes for anyone living in Littlehempston. It will similarly encourage those wanting to cycle between Newton Abbot and Totnes, those heading out from Totnes to enjoy the countryside to the north and east. It is a great project just on these grounds, but a good cycle path does more than just improve safety and access. It helps improve fitness for local people, it slows us down, gets us outside, makes it easier to get our children on their bikes, makes places feel easier to reach, increases the sense of community, becomes a community asset. It is a vital tool in improving the quality of local life. But lastly and perhaps most importantly, it means we have a real choice when it comes to choosing what sort of transport we will use for a particular journey. This project deserves the support of all politicians, not just green ones.
We live in Dartington and use the cycle path into Totnes EVERY DAY for getting to the station (work commute), taking children to activities after school, shopping in town etc. The people of Littlehempston need this option as well. Of course there is the added benefit of making South Devon a more attractive place for cycle holidays by linking up the longer distance route. Myself and my family fully support this cycle path.
Annie Leymarie says:
I live in Dartington and it’s a joy to see the uptake of cycling there, thanks to the presence of the cycle path. Everyone is gaining from it!
We urgently need the proposed new path as the Totnes-Newton Abbot road is so terribly dangerous – for cars, let alone cyclists or walkers!
We need it for us, local cyclists and pedestrians, and for our visitors: green tourism has tremendous potential in this area and it is very sad to see some of this denied by poor decisions.
Let’s now do the right thing!
I strongly support the proposed cycle path and the campaign; having come so far, I would be enraged if it were to be put on the back burner. It just makes so much sense!
Amanda Cuthbert says:
If other cycle paths can be managed at pressure points (ie the bridge in peak times – South Devon Railway objection) then why not this one – barriers to force cyclists to dismount are used elsewhere … and people are sensible as a rule