Walked to the Warren yesterday. On the way back (at about lunchtime) between the Marina and 2n'4 we counted 57 cyclists. Four of them were using the cycle path (in my experience an unusually high number). Theremaining 53 were in gaggles (some 2 or 3 abreast) or riding individually on the road causing tailbacks of crawling traffic. The ones using the cycle path looked like locals whereas all the others were lycra clad 'enthusiasts'. Good to know that public money hasn't been wasted in a time of austerity.
It was EU money that paid for it. And now (I believe that funding has dried up) will DCC continue to complete it. Where do they go when they have reached Dawlish?
Accrording to this https://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/dawlish-businesses-benefit-cycle-trail-extends-town it was £1.3million from the Government's Coastal Community Fund that paid for it.
All I can say is, if every cyclist paid £20 tax a year to be on the road, we would end up as a country over 34 million the richer.
@Epicurus..........there was a road bike race/event that passed through Dawlish around lunchtime on Sat 9th.
Driving past the golf course down to Teignmouth on Saturday, I passed two individual cyclists 50m apart.
It would have been much easier to pass them if they had been riding two abreast (just the one overtake to make then).