Earlier this month, Luke sat down with several cyclists and individuals involved in cycling organisations in Plymouth, to discuss steps needed to make cycling in Plymouth safer and more enjoyable.
As an avid rider and someone who cares deeply about the environment and the future of our planet, Luke was keen to hear from the cycling community about the status of cycling in Plymouth, any issues, and the successes we have had over the past year.
The pandemic has shown people across the nation the health benefits of the great outdoors and as a result, cycling has seen an increase in the amount of people on their bikes. However, it has been highlighted that with this has come with frustration from motorists sharing the road. Therefore, there is a call for facilities that will be safer, faster and will help both motorists and pedestrians – as well as improving congestion and Plymouth’s carbon footprint.
Cycling organisations at the roundtable have shown that many community groups are eager to bring the activity into their regular schedules. However, they would benefit from more help in organising cycling events, finding the best routes, and maintaining road safety.
Let’s Ride is a great initiative that can help with organising cycling events and routes. It offers a variety of free local-led rides that cater to all abilities and skill levels, with the added option to join women-only rides, rides with your baby or with other family and friends. Booking is essential as there are a limited number of spaces to improve safety and the overall experience.
Luke understands that more needs to be done to improve infrastructure and would like to see local businesses create more cycling-to-work initiatives which improve the physical and mental health of their employees as well as city congestion and road safety.
Luke also wants to praise Plymouth City Council for the work they have done to improve cycling routes and areas around the city – for example, widening pathways, adding lighting, and cutting back vegetation.
“2022 is the year to get on our bikes. Plymouth is a great city for cycling and we have some great routes and areas to enjoy on our bikes, but we also need to improve the level of safety and usability in some locations for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Together we can make Plymouth the Best Cycling City in the Southwest.”