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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - July 2011

Roy Russell & Kirby James

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News

News

Redhayes Bridge opens

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The new £3.75 million Redhayes Bridge over the M5 has been officially opened by Transport Minister Norman Baker.

At the opening Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highways and transportation, said:

A lot of attention has gone into the architectural features of the bridge to ensure it stands out as a landmark, and we're proud to be able to show the Minister this striking new structure and how it connects Exeter to the wider economic developments on the outskirts of the city. The foundations of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point are really starting to take shape and Redhayes Bridge is a key part of that. This is not just because it's the first section of infrastructure to be completed, but because of the important link it provides to encourage people to walk and cycle.

The bridge connects Gypsy Hill Lane to Blackhorse Lane immediately north of Junction 29. It reinstates an ancient route broken when the M5 was built. Devon County Council are developing a cycle route across the bridge from the city to the new Science Park and Cranbrook.

The bridge also provides an alternative to crossing Junction 29 of the M5, which is being remodelled in a £12 million scheme that includes a cycle route with 9 consecutive Toucan crossings.

Transport Minister Norman Baker was criticized earlier this year for cycling without a helmet. He replied that it was his libertarian right not to wear a helmet when cycling and was supported by the CTC.


Sustrans' Connect 2 Bridge update

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Work underway at Fisher's Bridge

Two Connect2 funded schemes are under construction in Devon.

Foundation work is underway on Fisher's Bridge just outside Topsham. The bridge spans are expected to be lifted into place in early September with completion in October. This will provide a safe route around the narrow River Clyst Bridge.

The new bridge over the Otter was erected last week. This is expected to be open by the end of August and will provide a safe route to King's School and the Hospital in Ottery St Mary.

A third Connect2 funded scheme was granted planning permission in March. This is the proposed link from Newton Abbot to Kingsteignton via the Racecourse.

Darts Farm bike hire

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Darts Farm, just outside Topsham (and ideally placed for the Exe Estuary Trail), are opening a bicycle hire facility on Thursday 21 July. Unusually they are hiring out Pashley bikes.

More details are available on their web site.

Old Rydon Lane

The closure of the popular commuter route up Old Rydon Lane was due to be lifted on 9 April, but this date keeps slipping. It is proposed to re-open this route at the same time as the new link road towards Tesco, including the new bridge over the Sandygate Link dual carriageway.

Events

(A Small Bit of) The Great Tour Audax - Sunday 31st July 2011

CTC Exeter and the Axe Valley Peddalers are organising two new Audax rides on Sunday 31st July.

Both rides start and finish in Seaton and take in the (rather hilly) coastal road between Otterton and Seaton. The 100 km ride includes around 2,000 metres of climbing (Mt Ventoux is only 1,912 metres high!!). You can find out how to enter on-line.

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End to End charity ride - Thursday 4th August 2011

Join Guy Eatherington in Exeter on a leg of his eight day cycle ride from John O’Groats to Lands End. He is raising money for two charities, supporting both ends of life – Vranch House, who provide an excellent learning environment at the start of life, and Alzheimer’s Society, providing support and research to fight dementia.

Meet at 08.00 at Pluss Head Office on Thursday 4th August to join him on the penultimate day.

Exmouth Exodus - Saturday 13th August 2011

The Exmouth Exodus is a free to enter, semi-organised ride from Bristol to Exmouth. You can just turn up on the night and ride. We leave at 10pm and arrive, erm, sometime in the morning. It's about 100 miles and further details are available here.

Tour of Britain in Devon - Thursday 15th September 2011

Details have been released of Stage 5 of the Tour of Britain. The stage will start in Exeter and finish in Exmouth. It will cover more than 110 miles (180 km), with King of the Mountains climbs at Haytor, Coffin Stone, and Huccaby Tor, as well as three intermediate Sprints at Cheriton Bishop, Crediton and Rockbeare.

Further details are available here

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Cycle Sunday - Sunday 18th September 2011

Rides and activities centred on Darts Farm, sponsored by Ashfords.

Bird Watching Tours

Bird Watching Tours are available on various dates from Darts Farm.

Exeter Cycle Forum

Funding

Devon County Council has received almost £5 million of Government funding for sustainable transport schemes which help economic growth and cut congestion across the county.

Countywide initiatives include the development of travel plans with employers, improved cycle parking at transport interchanges and clearer signing for walkers and cyclists. There will be targeted schemes in Exeter, Exmouth and the surrounding area, Newton Abbot and Totnes. Further details

Devon Show

A significant number of complaints were made about the closure of the Sidmouth Road Toucan crossings during the Devon County Show. There have been internal discussions within Devon County Council about these closures, but a formal response to the complaints will be outside of the 10 days stipulated by the Customer Service Standard.

Maintenance Issues

A reminder that you can report highway maintenance issues using the on-line map-based interface

The Devon County email address for reporting problems is csc.roads@devon.gov.uk

Exe Estuary Trail

Exmouth to Dart's Farm

The complete route from Exmouth to Exton is now open.

Dart's Farm to Topsham
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Work has started on the new bridge alongside Fisher's Mill with completion programmed for the autumn.

The proposed bridge across the mouth of the River Clyst by the railway is programmed for 2013/14.

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 and construction is scheduled for 2012/13.

Powderham Church - Starcross - Cockwood

Complete.

Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Construction work has started with completion scheduled for end Summer 2011.

News from the World of Cycling


Diary of Events

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