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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - January 2011

Kirby James & Roy Russell

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Snow & Ice

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The snow before Christmas put a stop to many people's cycling activities. But not so for one postman in Ottery St May.

When the roads in West Hill were completely impassable to cars he took his bike out and was able to complete his delivery round. Meanwhile his colleagues in Ottery were unable to leave their depot.

Sadly the ice which followed the snow proved to be even more of a problem to cyclists. Numerous people came off on patches of ice - whilst the wise stayed at home.

Money for BikeAbility Training

DfT have announced that Devon CC will receive £240,000 in 2011/12 to fund 6,000 Bikeability training places. This is the fourth largest grant awarded to local authorities.

Women's Cycling Network

'British Cycling' has been awarded almost £1 million to launch a bespoke programme to get 80,000 more women on bikes in 'The National Women's Cycling Network'. More details here Apparently, the first part of the programme is to train ride leaders.

In the meantime if you want to go for a ride, Exeter CTC already has female ride leaders and welcomes newcomers. See our current runs list for details.

Updated Devon Coast to Coast Guide

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Richard Peace has produced an updated edition of his guidebook to the Devon Coast-to-Coast route.

The route runs from Ilfracombe to Plymouth using parts of the Tarka and Plym Valley Trails and the Granite Way.

If you would like to cycle from Coast-to-Coast and back in a day, Exeter CTC is organising a ride on Sunday 5 June 2011.

Full details are available on-line.

Recommend New Cycle Parking Locations


Park That Bike have launched a new web-based service which allows cyclists to comment on existing cycle parking facilities and to recommend where additional cycle parking is needed.

On tbe web site at http://www.parkthatbike.info you can

  • identify places where cycle parking is needed
  • report existing cycle parking that is damaged
  • locate 'wheel-benders', slotted slabs and other forms of cycle parking that don’t meet modern needs.

Mad March Exeter Audax - 6 March 2011

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If you would like to try the challenge of riding a 100 km Audax, Pippa Wheeler is organising a 100 km ride - the 'Mad March Exeter Excursion' - on Sunday 6 March 2011 starting from Exeter.

The route visits one of the best cafes in Devon ... and also takes participants up onto the Blackdown Hills!

An entry form can be found on the Audax UK web site.

The route sheet is also available on-line.

To enter this Audax you have to send

  • the completed entry form,
  • a cheque for £5.00 made out to Pippa Wheeler, and
  • two C5 stamped addressed envelopes (made out to yourself),

to Pippa Wheeler at the address on the entry form.

A report on the 2008 ride is on-line here

Fisher's Bridge & Odhams Link

Southern end of the Exton-Clyst link
Artists impression of the proposed bridge at Fisher's Mill

Last year a planning application was made for a cycle/footbridge adjacent to the narrow stone bridge alongside Fisher's Mill. Planning consent was granted on 24th November, subject to conditions from Natural England and RSPB. Funding may be available for this bridge later this 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 below).

Cycle routes between Topsham, Ebford and Exton

Construction of the link from Odhams Wharf around to Exton (shown in blue and green) is now complete. The legal agreement allowing access has to be completed but it is hoped that the link can be opened during the school half-term holidays (21-25 February).

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The speed bumps on the link from Odhams Wharf to

the Ebford traffic lights on the A376 (shown in red on the map) have been modified so that cyclists can ride through the centre.

Passing spaces have been added to this lane so that cars and bikes can pass more easily.

For cyclists using the shared pavement along the Exmouth Road there is a very narrow section of pavement immediately south of the petrol station. This section is dangerous for pedestrians let alone cyclists pushing bikes. There are plans to widen this to about 1 metre - but it will not be made into a shared use path.

Sandygate Roundabout

New Traffic Island

The Toucan Crossing of Sidmouth Road at the junction with Clyst Road (at the site of the "Agricultural Crossing") is now open. This is a popular commuter route from Clyst St Mary, past the Blue Ball towards Exeter, although it is temporary disrupted by the closure of Old Rydon Lane until 19 March.

The final phase of improvements to Sandygate roundabout are underway, with the installation of a signal controlled crossing of the northbound on-slip to the M5. An island is now under construction in the middle of the slip road (see photo)

This will complete an off-road route through Junction 30 for cyclists and pedestrians between Clyst St Mary and Sowton Industrial Estate.

Redhayes Bridge over M5

Redhayes Bridge

Work is well underway on construction of the shared use (pedestrian/cyclist) bridge over the M5 just north of Junction 29. The bridge has been assembled to one side of the motorway and will be lifted into place overnight during the weekend of 11-13 February, while the motorway is closed. Click here for further details

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. This will provide a cycle route to the new developments, such as the Science Park and Cranbrook, which are planned east of the M5.

Dartmoor Classic Sportive 2011 & Force Charity Ride

Dartmoor Classic Jersey

The Dartmoor Classic Sportive takes place on 26 June and has reached its limit of 2,500 entries.

However, places are still available on the Force Charity Ride from Topsham to Exmoor and back. Further details on the website

Trip to Watch the Tour de France

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Mikey Nield of Results Guaranteed is organising a trip to the Pyrenees from 9th - 16th July 2011.

In a week of cycling, participants will be able to watch 2 stages of the Tour De France and well as try out some of the famous climbs themselves.

You can obtain more information on-line or contact Mikey direct.

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.

Peter Grainger has now sent a follow up letter.

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.

The shared path between Topsham and the M5 overbridge has been widened along most of its length except a 100 metre section just north of the Topsham pelican crossing. The widening was accomplished by 'nudging' the Devon bank hedge one metre sideways using a JCB.

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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