Six ‘pop-up’ footway and cycle schemes to improve social distancing are appearing across Torbay.

The six temporary schemes are being put in place to help those who want to walk and cycle more around the Bay while maintaining social distancing.

It will also help avoid overcrowding on public transport.

The pop-up schemes have been funded by the Government’s Emergency Active Travel fund to promote cycling as a replacement for journeys that were previously made on public transport.

The highest levels of funding has been given to areas which, until the pandemic, had high levels of public transport use, especially for short and local journeys which can now be cycled.

The six schemes will see widening of pavements and creating areas of shared space for cyclists and pedestrians and will be in place at:

• Torbay Road, Torquay - temporary widening of the footway that runs under the bridge on the seafront, opposite the Abbey Sands development

• Torre Abbey seafront and Meadows – existing wide footways to be converted into a shared footway and cycle way. This will link to the already existing cycle way in the area

• Station Square, Paignton - closure of a traffic lane so the footway opposite the train station can be extended

• Marine Drive, Paignton –temporary widening of the footway between Paignton seafront and Preston seafront

• Dartmouth Road, Paignton – temporary arrangement to provide a shared footway/cycleway to link to existing cycle provision outside of the shops at Waterside

• temporary road closures outside two primary schools - Curledge Street in Paignton and Furzeham in Brixham - will be operational at the beginning and end of the school day to allow for social distancing.

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet member for infrastructure, environment and culture on Torbay Council, said “As social distancing guidance is here to stay, we need to provide improvements at certain locations across the Bay to encourage more people to walk and cycle for both commuting and pleasure. We are also working towards submitting a bid in early August for a further £221,000 for more permanent schemes.”