PL:21 - Project Latest
We started our New Year with Wassailing in Cornwood organised by Gill Clegg and were joined by Dartmoor Border Morris Dancers. Following our campaign to make Ivybridge roads safe for all vulnerable road users including cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users, we were invited to meet the Principal of Ivybridge Community College last month and this followed by attending a mixed workshop of staff and students. We have supported Sustrans with its bid to Highways England to build new cycle routes connecting Ashburton via Ivybridge into Plymouth. Details of this study may be found at cyclesouthdartmoor.org.uk/news/
Following interesting presentations from Prof. Willie Wilson and Dr Tim Poate on the environmental damage that plastics can have in the marine environment PL:21 has agreed to adopt the Surfers Against Sewerage Plastic Free Coastlines campaign. This initiative aims to help communities take a lead in reducing single use plastics (SUPs) by individuals, businesses and community groups. The project is just starting and more can be found at the facebook page.
The PL:21 Team are very pleased to be supporting the Devon and Cornwall Police Close Pass Campaign to help make roads safer for all non car users. This should help to encourage more people to cycle and walk.
The group are currently considering how best to raise awareness amongst local drivers of the need to allow at least 1.5m when overtaking cyclists, walkers, horse riders and people in wheelchairs. If you have any ideas or would like to get involved in this please come to our AGM or get in touch.
Sustrans has just announced a preliminary study for upgrading National Cycle Route 2 in Ivybridge. It is part of a much bigger project for a traffic free walking and cycling route connecting Ivybridge with Plymouth City Centre. It also includes improving the existing cycle route from Ivybridge to Ashburton. Locally it is supported by DNPA, Hannahs various councils, Plymouth Cycling Campaign and we will be supporting it too. The next stage is for Sustrans to obtain Highways England consent to pay for its construction.
Ivybridge Rail Users Group has obtained a business study from The University of Plymouth to increase the number of trains stopping at Ivybridge and is in the process distributing it around.
Great Western Railway has announced its intention for more trains to stop at Ivybridge with a timetable commencing early in 2019. We believe that there will be three extra trains each way.
IRUG is campaigning to bring an equal number of trains to Ivybridge as already stopping at Totnes. It is interesting to note that Ivybridge with a higher catchment has 20 trains per day stopping while Totnes has 70. This does not seem right to us
We believe that all the above provide the first vital steps to enable people to choose different forms of travel instead of cars knowing that choices will be healthy, safe, and efficient.