Tag Archives : cycling


Improved path at The Ride helps get Plymouth cycling

A new widened path opens on Thursday 1 June as part of ongoing efforts to encourage cycling in Plymouth. The city’s cycling network continues to grow with a widened path alongside The Ride, linking Laira Rail Bridge into the National Trust Saltram Estate. Future plans nearby also include an improved walking and cycling route linking […]


Plymouth residents encouraged to get on their bikes!

Free services are now available to help you join the growing numbers of people in and around Plymouth who are discovering, or rediscovering, the joys and health benefits of cycling. Adult cycle training tailored for all abilities, expert tips and advice, bike maintenance classes and help to give older bikes a new lease of life […]


Plymotion grants up for grabs

Employers across the city are being invited to bid for grants to provide either facilities or initiatives to enable their staff to travel to work either by bike, on foot or by bus. Match funded grants of up to £5,000 are being made available through Plymouth City Council’s Plymotion at Your Workplace programme to provide […]


Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow walking and cycling link

Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow link complete

The latest section of a walking and cycling route connecting Laira and Plymstock is now complete. A new four-metre-wide path from Laira Rail Bridge gives walkers and cyclists an off-road, level and direct route into the Saltram Meadow housing development. The final link connecting the path with Saltram Meadow will soon be built by Persimmon […]


£1.497 million funding boost for Plymotion

We have secured almost £1.5 million from the Department for Transport to continue our successful Plymotion green travel programme for another three years. We are one of 25 councils across the country to be awarded a share of £60 million from the Sustainable Travel Access Fund, for local projects that support access to employment, education and […]


Work starts on new link from Laira Rail Bridge to Saltram Meadow

Work to create a walking and cycling route connecting Laira Rail Bridge and the new Saltram Meadow housing estate will start on Monday 14 November. The link will provide a traffic-free alternative to this stretch of Laira Bridge Road and Billacombe Road and help to reduce congestion along the A379. Department for Transport figures show […]


Gearing up for summer

British Cycling and Sky are celebrating another successful year of delivering cycling in partnership with the Council. We teamed up in 2012 and since then the Sky Ride recreational cycling programme has had 21,000 sign-ups, with more than 100 people going on to train as lead riders themselves. In recognition of the achievements made over the last […]

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Councillor Ricketts with traffic island in Central Park Avenue

Proposed changes to traffic calming on Central Park Avenue

We will shortly be advertising plans to replace the new priority give way feature (traffic island) on Central Park Avenue with three speed humps. Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery says he has received ongoing complaints about the island, which was introduced earlier in the year as part of the Station to […]


Another walking and cycling link for Eastern Corridor

Plans for a walking and cycling route connecting Laira Rail Bridge and the new Saltram Meadow housing estate have been submitted by the Council. The link will provide pedestrians and cyclists with a traffic-free alternative to this stretch of Laira Bridge Road and Billacombe Road and therefore help to reduce congestion along the A379. Around […]


Pennycross wins Plymouth’s Big Pedal challenge

Pupils at Pennycross Primary School are celebrating coming first in Plymouth’s Big Pedal cycling and scooting challenge. Organised by Sustrans, the annual event challenges schools to get the highest number of pupils, families and staff members arriving on two wheels over a period of 10 days. Twenty Plymouth schools competed in this year’s Big Pedal, […]


Work starts on walking and cycling improvements between rail station and Central Park

Work to improve walking and cycling links between Plymouth’s rail station and Central Park will soon get under way. The scheme, which will complement improvements already made around the station, will address many of the challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians, including those with visual impairments. Improvements, which have been agreed following consultation with more […]


Funding boost for walking and cycling improvements on eastern corridor

Plymouth City Council has secured £3.42 million to improve walking and cycling links along the city’s eastern corridor. The funding, which will be supplemented by £1.49 million of Section 106 funding from the new Sherford and Saltram Meadow developments, has been awarded by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership’s Local Transport Board. […]


Improved walking and cycling links between Plym Valley and Saltram

Work to improve walking and cycling links between the Plym Valley Trail and Saltram Countryside Park is now complete. The scheme includes a new off-road link directly into the trail from Coypool Road and improvements to the path running underneath Plymouth Road, as well new and improved crossings for walkers and cyclists. It was awarded […]

Left to right: Sandra Pentney from the Council, Hannah Jones, John Scott, Simon Newens and Jim Wright from SWH Civils and Councillor Philippa Davey, the Council’s Cycling Commissioner

Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme now complete

The second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge walking and cycling scheme is now complete. A bridge has been installed over The Ride to extend the popular new link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock and a permanent access ramp has been built. The work, which also included fabrication of the bridge and making […]


Help finalise transport improvement plans for Derriford

Detailed plans for improving traffic flow in the Derriford area will be on public display next week. The Derriford Transport Scheme, which will see improvements on the A386 Tavistock Road, aims to reduce congestion and create more road capacity for the extra traffic that will be generated by proposed developments in the area. It will […]


New bridge ready to be installed over The Ride

Work to install a new bridge over The Ride will get under way this week. The bridge, which is the second phase of the Laira Rail Bridge scheme, will extend the popular new pedestrian and cycle link even further towards Saltram Meadow and Plymstock. Laira Rail Bridge will be closed from Wednesday 26 August while […]


Join us for free bike rides this summer

Anyone looking for free activities this summer can take advantage of the various Sky Ride Plymouth bike rides happening across the city from Sunday 26 July until Sunday 9 August. Sky Ride Plymouth local rides are great fun for individuals and the whole family, providing the perfect opportunity to explore the local area and to […]


Countdown to Sky Ride Plymouth

There are just four days to go until this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth and cyclists of all ages and abilities are gearing up for another fantastic fun-packed event. Local BMX pro Charlotte Green and new Lord Mayor, Councillor Dr John Mahony will kick off the action at 9.30am on Sunday before thousands of people from […]


Plymouth’s iconic Laira Rail Bridge re-opens as new walking and cycling link

Plymouth’s iconic Laira Rail Bridge has been opened to the public today, after lying derelict for 28 years. A £3.5 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, has breathed new life into the former rail bridge by converting it into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. […]


Local BMX ace joins this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth

Local pro-cyclist Charlotte Green will open this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth event on Sunday 31 May. Charlotte, a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team, will be joining thousands of people from across the region for the closed road cycling event, starting and finishing at Saltram. The 20-year-old from Cornwall joined the team’s Olympic Academy […]


Funding boost for walking and cycling links between Plym Valley and Saltram Park

We’ve been awarded £242,000 to improve walking and cycling links between the Plym Valley Trail and Saltram Countryside Park. The funding forms part of a larger award made by the Department for Transport’s Cycle Ambition Fund to Devon County Council’s ‘Granite and Gears’ project, which aims to improve cycling access to Dartmoor from across the county. […]


Sky Ride Plymouth will include new Laira Rail Bridge link

The route for this year’s Sky Ride Plymouth event has been announced – and it will include the brand new Laira Rail Bridge cycle path. Work to restore the disused bridge is well under way and the new walking and cycling link over the River Plym will be open in plenty of time for the […]


Improvements for walking and cycling routes to and from Derriford

Plymouth City Council has been awarded £2.46 million from the Department for Transport to improve walking and cycling routes to and from the Derriford area. The project will see a total investment of £3.51 million over the next five years and deliver more than four kilometres of the city’s Strategic Cycle Network. Improved on- and […]


The new Laira Rail Bridge link in progress

Halfway point reached on Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Work to refurbish Plymouth’s disused Laira Rail Bridge has now reached the halfway point. The £3.5 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will see the former rail bridge restored and converted into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym. Built in 1887, Laira Rail Bridge stopped […]


Ride on! New cycle parking for Plymouth

Fourteen new cycle stands are being installed around Plymouth’s city centre and waterfront in the first phase of a scheme to improve cycle parking in the city. Cycle stands are being installed in Armada Way and Exchange Street and near the Theatre Royal and Tinside Lido, helping to make cycling a more convenient travel option […]


Waterfront cycling improvements complete

Families can now enjoy some of the best views in the city from their saddles, thanks to improvements along Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront cycle route. The route is part of National Cycle Network Route 27 and connects the Barbican, the Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard. A new contraflow cycle lane now runs eastwards along Madeira […]


Social Enterprise Fund to help open up ebike shop

A social enterprise will be opening up a new shop in Devonport, thanks to support from the Council’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.   Bikespace has opened its first shop and will sell electric bikes – or ebikes – as well as refurbished bicycles from its cycle recycling project already based in Devonport.   An empty shop in […]


Top marks for Plymouth’s Bike It Plus schools

The 2013/14 Bike It Plus results are in and Plymouth schools have increased regular cycling and scooting and reduced the number of children regularly driven to school. Bike It Plus encourages children, parents and staff to travel actively to school through fun activities, safety advice and promotional events. The Plymouth programme is delivered by the […]


Work complete on cycling and walking route from Central Park to Honicknowle

Work to provide an improved cycling and walking route between Central Park and Honicknowle is now complete. Part-funded by the Department for Transport through its Cycle Safety Fund (which is administered by Sustrans), the scheme will allow more people to discover, or rediscover, the joys of cycling. Designed by Plymouth City Council’s highways contractor Amey, […]


Getting waterfront into gear for cyclists

Families will soon be able to enjoy some of the best views in the city from their saddles, thanks to improvements being made along Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront cycle route. Work on the route, which is part of National Cycle Network Route 27 and connects the Barbican, the Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard, will begin […]