The first section of the cycleway - on the western side of The Parade between Avon and Tamar Streets - was open and in use this morning. First impressions are very good. It is very smooth and certainly feels wider than anticipated. It makes an immediate, positive difference to be cycling away from the traffic. Local residents also seem to have adapted brilliantly to the new parking arrangements. At least a dozen cars were parked in the new spaces without any encroachment into the cycleway.
Here's a few photos (note the lady with her passenger door open, barely obstructing the cycleway at all):
This is very much still a work in progress, however. It is a big change and everybody will need to take extra care for a while. Until the cycleway is fully completed there are a few tricky transitions for cyclists from the road to the cycleway and then back to the road. Drivers will also need to watch out for cyclists merging back into traffic.
Apart from that, get down there and check it out! It's a great opportunity to get used to how it works before the project is officially finished. The completed sections are absolutely fine for kids to ride along but I would not recommend letting them go past the end of the completed sections yet.
With a little bit of courtesy and common sense on all sides there should be no issues. Remember that just because something is the way it is at the outset doesn't necessarily mean it has to stay that way. If you have any issues or you think there are aspects of the cycleway that could be tweaked to make it work better let us know via this website or contact the council directly.