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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - November 2010

Kirby James & Roy Russell

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News


Odhams Link & Fisher's Bridge

Southern end of the Exton-Clyst link

Work continues on Odhams Link and the Clyst-Exton path, shown in dark blue and green on the map below. This is the final link on the estuary side route from Darts Farm to Exmouth. Work is well advanced with surface dressing being applied this week. It is hoped that the link will be open informally before Christmas.

Following numerous complaints about the vicious speed bumps in the link to Ebford crossroad (shown in red) cut-outs will be made for cyclists. As the road is single track the opportunity will also be taken to construct some passing places so that commercial vehicles can pass cyclists and cars safely.

Artists impression of the proposed bridge at Fisher's Mill

A planning application has been made for a cycle/footbridge adjacent to the narrow stone bridge alongside Fisher's Mill. The period for comments on the planning application has now closed - and the application is being considered next week. Funding may be available for this bridge next year, with the proposed bridge alongside the rail bridge at the mouth of the River Clyst delayed until at least 2012 (both shown in orange).

Cycle routes between Topsham, Ebford and Exton

LTP3 Consultation

Local Transport Plan

Consultation on the Devon and Torbay Local Transport Plan is now open

The draft strategy contains many references to cycling and can be read on-line. Please take time to respond to the questions as this will influence future spending

The Rusty Bike Race

If the cold and wet is getting you down, why not try indoor racing. Exeter Wheelers are organising a roller racing event next Sunday 21 November at The Rusty Bike. More information here

CTC Devon Annual Dinner and Prizegiving

CTC Devon Annual Dinner

This year's CTC Devon Annual Dinner and Prizegiving is being held on Saturday 27th November at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes. The menu is available on-line.

Bookings can be made using this form. Numbers are restricted to 50 - so book early to guarantee a place. Closing date for bookings is this Friday 19th November.

The hotel is offering a special deal of 10% off the normal accommodation rates for those who choose to stay overnight.

CTC Exeter Christmas Lunch

Red Lion

The CTC Exeter Christmas Lunch is being held on Sunday 12 December at the Red Lion, Broadclyst. The lunch will be preceded by a short ride to work up an appetite.

The menu is available on-line and bookings can be made using this form.

Bookings are being taken by Don Buteux, who can be contacted by email or at 45 Meadow View Road, Exmouth, EX8 4ET (01395 274 069).

Coffee Pots Christmas Lunch

The Coffee Pots Christmas Lunch is being held on Thursday 16 December at the Willand Restaurant. Numbers are such that the restaurant is being closed to casual customers so that the whole place can be taken over by cyclists.

More details are available from Pete Luxton.

Exeter Friends of the Earth Day of Action and Naked Bike Ride

Naked Biker

Exeter Friends of the Earth will be holding a day of action from 10:00 to 14:00 on Saturday 27 November outside Boots in the High Street.

Next year on 11 June they are taking part in Exeter's contribution to the World Naked Bike Ride 2011. They have a Facebook page ('Exeter Naked Bike Ride 2011') and already 72 people have signed up - with 71 maybes.

Dartmoor Classic Sportive 2011

Dartmoor Classic Jersey

Entries for next Summer's Dartmoor Classic Sportive opened at the end of October and nearly a thousand have registered so far. Further details on the website

Exeter Cycle Forum

Potential Impact of Government Cuts on Cycling

At the last few meetings of the Exeter Cycle Forum there has been considerable discussion about the potential impact of Government funding cuts and the future of Cycle Exeter when its direct funding from Cycling England finishes in March 2011.

These concerns were recently expressed in a letter from the Forum's Charirman Peter Grainger to Stuart Hughes who is the Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation.

Stuart Hughes' reply is available on-line.

One-to-One Cycle Training

Cycle Exeter offer a free 2 hour one-to-one training session aimed at new or returning cyclists. After completing the session riders should then have sufficient confidence to undertake one of the eight week Cycle to Your Heart's Content courses.

Sandygate Roundabout

New Toucan Crossing

Work is almost finished on the Toucan Crossing of Sidmouth Road at the junction with Clyst Road (at the site of the "Agricultural Crossing"). This is a popular commuter route from Clyst St Mary, past the Blue Ball towards Exeter.

The final phase of improvements to Sandygate roundabout are now beginning, with the installation of a signal controlled crossing of the northbound on-slip to the M5.

This will complete an off-road route through Junction 30 for cyclists and pedestrians and connect to completed sections of cycleway to Clyst St Mary and towards Westpoint on the eastern side of the junction. Most of the construction work will be carried out overnight to minimise disruption.

This latest phase of work is due to be completed in mid February next year.

Redhayes Bridge

Junction 29 Bridge

Work is well underway on the construction of the shared use (pedestrian/cyclist) bridge over the M5 just north of Junction 29.

The bridge will connect Gypsy Hill Lane (alongside the Gypsy Hill Hotel off Pinn Lane) to Blackhorse Lane and Honiton Road on the east of the motorway.

Construction of the piers is scheduled to be complete in December. The motorway will be closed overnight to allow the bridge span will be lifted into place.

The new bridge will provide a cycle route to the new developments, such as the Science Park, which are planned east of the M5. It is also hoped to obtain funding to allow the completion of a safe cycle link out to the Exeter Airport entrance.

Maintenance Issues

A reminder that if you have any highway maintenance issues you want to raise you can

Exe Estuary Trail

East side of the Estuary

The complete route from Exmouth to Exton is now open. See above for details of the remaining section to Topsham.

Exeter Quay - Turf Locks

Path complete.

Turf Locks - Powderham Church

Conditional planning approval has been obtained and negotiations completed with Network Rail about details of the bridge. Negotiations are continuing with local residents.

At present no funds are available to complete this link.

Powderham Church - Starcross - Cockwood


Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Work expected to start on this path through the fields with completion scheduled for June/July 2011.


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