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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - May 2012

Roy Russell & Kirby James

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Local News

HGVs in Bus Lanes - Your Help Needed

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Do you use Bus Lanes in Exeter?

Devon County Council intend to allow HGVs (Heavy Goods Vehicles) to use all of the Bus Lanes in Exeter.

We are interested in your views. Please complete the very short on-line survey - many thanks.

Gem Bridge opens

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The new Gem Bridge has opened. It crosses the River Walkham, just one mile north west of Horrabridge. The bridge has a span of 200 metres and forms part of the Drake's Trail linking Tavistock with Horrabridge, Yelverton and Plymouth.

The original rail viaduct which was designed by Brunel was demolished in the 1960s.

Airport Link complete

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The new link from Clyst Honiton to Exeter Airport, through the Airport's Long Stay car park, is now open.

Exe Estuary Trail

Work on the new bridge over the Clyst, next to the railway, will start shortly. Completion is scheduled for late 2013 to minimise disturbance to wildlife.

Negotiation with landowners, for the Powderham Railway Bridge continues.

Devon County Show

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The Toucan crossing on Sidmouth Road was turned off again this year during the County Show. In spite of protests last year, there was no consultation with the Exeter Cycle Forum. Closure notices went up only a few hours beforehand. A diversion was signposted, but as it was nearly 2 miles long it merely emphasised the importance of the crossing.

Calls have been made for Devon County Council to encourage sustainable travel to the County Show.

If you have a view on the crossing closure or travel to the County Show please email the County Council and send a copy to Councillor Stuart Hughes.


Sustrans Spring Newsletter

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Martin Burrows, the Sustrans Bike It Officer, has released the latest newsletter which, as well as describing Sustrans' work with schools in the Exeter area includes news of all of Sustrans' schools work in the South West region.

You can

  • read about one local seven year old pupil who has cycled one thousand miles to school
  • find out which nearby areas now have new Bike it officers working hard to get more children wkalking, cycling and scooting to school
  • find out how children can become Sustrans Heroes.

If you or your children are interested in Sustrans' Bike It work - please contact one of the following


Offers from Devon County Council

Devon County Council are offering Free Cycle Training for adults. Funding is also available to encourage the provision of facilities at work.

Events

Tour Series hits the English Riviera

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The Halfords Tour Series will visit Torquay for the first time, on Tuesday 5th June, for an action packed evening of racing to conclude the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend. Further details here

Exeter Naked Bike Ride 2012

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This year the Exeter Naked Bike Ride will run from Trews Weir to Turf Hotel on Saturday 9th June.

Further details here

‘The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle’

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See the kingdom of La Mancha by Bicycle, and live to tell the tale.

This summer, Burn The Curtain are performing ‘The Adventures of Don Quixote - by Bicycle’ ! Travelling together, actors and audiences will experience the imaginary escapades of Don Quixote de La Mancha and his squire Sancho Panza, as you have never seen them before.

Performances in Exeter will be held on

  • Friday 6 July: 6.45pm – 8.45pm
  • Sunday 8 July: 2.30pm – 4.30pm & 6.45pm-8.45pm
  • Friday 13 July: 6.45pm – 8.45pm
  • Saturday 14 July: 2.30pm – 4.30pm & 6.45pm – 8.45pm
  • Sunday 15 July: 11.00am - 1.00pm & 2.30pm – 4.30pm

For further details please refer here. The whole experience was commissioned by Beaford Arts, funded by the Arts Council England, Devon County Council and Exeter City and supported by Exeter CTC.

The Jubilee 60 - The South Devon Classic Sportive

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The South Devon Classic Sportive is being run on Saturday 7 July from Ivybridge, around the South Hams. This event is being organised by friends of the Coach House Centre; raising funds to establish a youth and community centre in rural South Devon. Further details here

Velo Vintage

Velo Vintage are organising their inaugural ride from Exmouth on Sunday 9 September. Tweed optional.

News from the World of Cycling

Louder than a bicycle bell

Safe cycle lanes to be made law in Wales

10,000 pedal for action in biggest bike protest

Make cycling a part of urban planning

According to the RAC, 58 percent of urban motorists said they walked or cycled more and left the car at home

Bamboo Bikes signs first London stockist


Local Events List




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

And finally

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