Plymouth had significant health inequalities and a child born in the dockland area of Devonport is expected to live 14 years less than a child from the suburb of Glenholt. The council were keen to get more local people active but the existing cycling and walking provision in Plymouth was limited and disjointed. In some cases, existing paths were just muddy tracks across playing fields making them inaccessible for lots of people.
“ The new route is fantastic, so much easier for getting to the station. ”
Sustrans worked with the council and local community to develop a new network of walking and cycling routes across the city. The main route, Stonehouse Creek, provides a direct traffic-free link across the west side of the city, enabling local people to cycle or walk without having to navigate hills or busy main roads. The scheme also includes links to Torpoint Ferry, Devonport Park, a new leisure centre, the city centre, the university and several schools.
The route has revolutionised travel in Plymouth with almost half of all trips made on the route by people travelling to work or local shops and services. More children in the area are able to get their daily exercise and enjoy the freedom of travelling on foot and by bike. As the route links more deprived areas to employment sites and the city centre its helping people in transport poverty to better access key facilities.
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