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CTC Exeter - Newsletter March 2008

Kirby James

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Torbay Brittany Trip

Four CTC Exeter members joined Torbay's Spring trip to Brittany last weekend. Large quantities of cake, pastries, coffee, beer and wine together with two meals were consumed and over 100 km ridden. For all the gory details plus photographs see DaTorbay2008TripToBrittany

Axe Valley Peddallers

During the Brittany visit we made contact with the Axe Valley Peddallers (based in Seaton) who seem to have a similar ethos to the Teign Valley Pedal Bashers. We may be able to hold a joint ride with this group in the summer.

New Cafe in Exminster

As a result of a community initiative a village hub has opened in Exminster. It includes a cafe called Coffee on the Corner and they plan to have a mobile bicycle repairman visiting at weekends. The hub is sited adjacent to the Victory Hall in the centre of the village.

Exeter Cycle Forum Issues

Exe Estuary Trail

Work has started on clearing vegetation between Lympstone and Exton - but the link will take nearly two years to complete.

Planning consent has been obtained for the controversial Exton - Topsham link. During discussion at the planning meeting it emerged that one cost-saving option would be not to build the new bridge over the Clyst - but to route the path via Tremletts Boatyard and to join the new road-side shared-use path between Dart's Farm and the old road bridge over the Clyst alongside the Bridge Inn. Disappointingly at present funding levels the Exton-Topsham link will take until September 2011 to complete.

Traffic lights are being installed on the road over the old Clyst Bridge and alternate-way working will be introduced with a sequence to allow pedestrian and walkers across the bridge.

No application has yet been made for the Turf Lock - Powderham section. It is planned that the trail will be temporarily built down on the flood-plain pending the Environment Agency’s decision on the future of the decaying flood wall. The wall may be removed thus returning the area to marsh - in which case the trail will have to be re-routed further inland. Alternatively the flood wall may be re-built or strengthened. Natural England's current position is that they would not want the trail to be constructed on top of the flood wall because of the potential impact on birds. Interestingly a survey alongside the Tarka Trail showed that cyclists caused minimal impact.

Estuary Road to Starcross: Work will soon be starting on a short section alongside the A379.

Starcross to Cockwood: Design work continues for this section.

Cockwood to Dawlish Warren: A planning application has been made for this section of the Exe Estuary Trail which is important for both walkers and cyclists. Comments have to be received by Thursday 27th March and can be made in writing to The Planning Service, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QW quoting Reference DCC/2611/2008 – or on-line at http://www.devon.gov.uk/appref?id=3243&date=2008-02 by clicking on the link alongside the Application Reference DCC/2611/2008.

Cycle Devon?

Exeter is likely to secure funding to continue its work as a Cycle Demonstration Town for a further three years. In addition Cycle Exeter is making a bid for Devon to become a Cycle Demonstration County. This would involve taking forward similar initiatives to Cycle Exeter in 28 urban centres across Devon. In addition it is hoped to be able to provide links to centres such as the new town of Cranbrook. This initiative is receiving positive support from Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council Executive Member for Environment.

New Cycle Shop in Exeter

A new Cyclelife outlet (a Raleigh franchise) is opening at 2 Guinea Street. Guinea Street is off Market Street which is just south of the Fore Street - South Street Junction behind St Georges Hall.

Close Encounters of the Bus Kind

Several cyclists have reported unpleasant encounters with buses. The most recent involved a female Sustrans Ranger in Exeter - a driver got out of his vehicle to harang her when she was legitimately riding in a bus lane. The Cycle Forum recommends that if cyclists experience unwelcome behaviour from road users they write to the company involved with a copy to Zsolt Schuller of Cycle Exeter (Zsolt Schuller, Cycle Exeter Project Manager, Cycle Exeter, Devon County Council, Lucombe House, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QW; cycleexeter@devon.gov.uk). Ideally they should note the vehicles registration, location, route details and if possible driver details.

Cycle Exeter will be identifying appropriate contacts in the major bus operators.

First Great Western Feedback

First Great Western have introduced an email address so that cyclists can provide feedback on issues relating to travelling with bikes on trains or station facilities - mailto:fgwcyclingexeter@firstgroup.com

Exeter Bike Week

Cycle Sunday will be held on 22 June - as Piazza Terracina is being re-modelled - the event will take place on the playing fields opposite Millar's Crossing.

Travelsmart

Travelsmart consultants are being recruited to provide travel planning advice to Exeter households. Residents will be offered half day free bike hire and free bus tickets to encourage non-car journeys. The programme will start in April and May in St Thomas, Alphington and Exminster.

Events

Haldon Forest - Sunday 20th April 2008

The Forestry Commission are hosting a 'Cycle Celebration' at Haldon Forest Park on Sunday 20th April 20 2008 from 10.30am - 4.30pm.

The Cycle Exeter team will be there and Exeter Mountain Bike Club will be running children's and adult's races (open to all). All proceeds from the races will go to 'Quality of Life', a charity supporting local Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.

In addition there will be demonstrations, have-a-go sessions and fun competitions. There will be the opportunity to try out bikes for the family or extreme downhill bikes! Further details at their web site.

Honiton Cycles Rides for Hospicecare - Sunday 18th May 2008

The 10th Annual Honiton Cycle Ride for Hospicecare is being held on Sunday 18 May 2008. There will be on-road rides of 5, 17 and 28 miles as well as an off-road ride which features part of the 4x4 off-road trail used by the Land Rover Experience. Further details are available at http://www.honitoncyclerides.co.uk

National Bike week - Cycle Sunday - Sunday 22nd June 2008

Advance notice that Cycle Sunday this year will be held on Sunday 22nd June and will be held at the Flowerpot playing field - adjacent to Millers Crossing.

Full details are available in the attached flyer.

It should be fun again with Andrei doing displays, some BMX stunts the Cycling Circus and two Charity Rides.

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