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 Road, from the mini roundabout junction with Hoe Road and past the Citadel to the Elphinstone car park.

Motorists should be aware that cyclists are now allowed to travel in both directions along this stretch of road and that a new 20mph speed limit is also in place.

Improvements have also been made to help cyclists and pedestrians cross Millbay Road and travel through Millbay roundabout more easily and safely. Work has included narrowing the space around the roundabout to slow down traffic and creating a cycle route that avoids the roundabout altogether.

Both schemes – designed and built by the Council’s highways contractor Amey – make it easier and safer to explore the city’s magnificent waterfront and historic features by bike, which will in turn provide an economic boost to waterfront businesses.

The improvements have been funded through the Coastal Communities Fund, along with the new bike hire hubs at the Royal William Yard and Commercial Wharf, which Rockets and Rascals have been running since last Easter.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport said: “Our waterfront is one of the best features of Britain’s Ocean City and these improvements make it easier for cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy the amazing views. This isn’t just about providing a great experience for tourists; it’s also about encouraging people here in Plymouth to get on their bikes, explore their surroundings and stay healthy and active.”

Sarah O’Leary, Waterfront Manager for the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership added: “The waterfront is one of our greatest assets and activities that encourage more people to visit are warmly welcomed. The link between the Royal William Yard and the Barbican is critical in directly benefitting businesses right across the area.”