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CTC Exeter - Newsletter June 2008

Kirby James

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News

Cycle Sunday

Bob, Mike, Helen, June and Iris at Cycle Sunday 2007

A reminder that Cycle Sunday is being held this year on 22nd June on the Flowerpot Playing Fields opposite Miller's Crossing in Exeter. As well as the usual attractions (Dr Bike, MTB trial bike demonstrations, Cycling Circus, and stalls) a sponsored 6 or 12 mile bike ride will be held in support of the local FORCE cancer charity. Participants in the charity ride can start at any time between 11:00 and 14:00 and will be eligible for free refreshments at the Turf Hotel.

On this day the Exeter CTC Sunday ride will start at Stoke Canon Church and visit Lutzy’s on the Quay for coffee. At 12:00 they will pick up cyclists at the CTC stall on Flowerpot Playing Fields for a ride to Dawlish and back.

Bike Week in Exeter

Cycle Sunday is of course the final event of Bike Week. Full details of Bike Week are available on-line but highlights include

  • FREE half day bike hire from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd of June. Quote 'Bike Week offer' when booking from Saddles & Paddles (01392) 424241 or Cyclelife (01392) 277755. (Bikes must be booked in advance for Cycle Sunday.)
  • Monday 16th June, 9am - 5pm Cycle Exeter promotion outside WHSmith's in Exeter's Guildhall Centre - free cycling information, free Dr. Bike and free Police security marking ... plus a free cycling lucky dip!!
  • Friday 20th June, 8.30am - 4pm Ashfords cycling celebration! Open for anyone working on the Sowton Industrial Estate & Exeter Business Park, Ashfords Solicitors on Grenadier Road are kindly hosting a range of cycling activities, including a free Dr Bike service, free police security marking, cycling information stand and a fun cycle obstacle course!
  • and of course Cycle Sunday itself on 22nd June.

Exeter CTC Appears in the Express & Echo

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Four members of Exeter CTC - Pippa Wheeler, John Rowland, Debbie Ironside-Smith and Kirby James - were interviewed by Caroline Abbott of the Express & Echo last week.

A full page article and photos appeared in the paper on Saturday 14th June.

A separate sidebar advertised the attractions of the Coffee-Pot runs.

A copy of the text of the article is available locally.

NSPCC's Big Bike Ride

The NSPCC are organising a series of rides around the country in support of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Childline. One local event will be along the Lympstone-Exmouth Bike Path starting at 2 pm on Sunday 22nd June. The start is at The Paddock, Sowden House, Longbrook Lane, Lympstone (Longbrook Lane can be found by following the road at the northern end of the bike path away from the Estuary). Entry costs just £1 and there will be free goodies available as well as prizes for the best decorated bikes and helmets. See also http://bigbikeride.co.uk/

Coffee Pot in Support of The Multiple Sclerosis Trust

Debbie Ironside-Smith hosted a Coffee Pot ride on 29th May to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Picures and a report are on-line.

Debbie is taking part in a London to Paris ride in July 2008 to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Please visit her web page if you would like to help her reach her target. You can also read a blow-by-blow account of Debbie's training regime at http://debbiesbikeride.blogspot.com/.

More from the Spurrs

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On 16th May Roger Spurr wrote

Bonjour mes amis, Just spent a week traversing the Parc de Morvan from Auxerre to here (Autun). Fabulous scenery, very quiet roads, weather very fine and warm. All the good things! Going to Beaune to see the vineyards – then perhaps coming west again. All the best, Roger and Marilyn.

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Even More from the Spurrs

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On 29th May Roger wrote

Dear All, Ah the lovely Loire! It's not all been easy going but we've had a few days downhill with the wind behind us so even the evening thunderstorms (big and noisy) haven't dampened our spirits. Should reach the Nantes-Brest canal tomorrow - Last lap! All the best, Roger and Marylyn

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Cafe List

Over 6,000 people have visited CTC Devon's on-line cafe list. The cafe list also available as a Word document which can be printed out on a single sheet of A4.

The CTC HQ have recently taken a copy of the list and it will soon be appearing within the national list on the CTC's Cyclists Welcome Web Page.

If you have a recommendation for a new cafe to include - or have had a bad experience at one of the ones listed - send details to Kirby James.

Exeter Beyond the Car

On Thursday 2nd July Peter Lipman (Sustrans and the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Transition Network) will be giving a talk entitled Exeter Beyond the Car at Exeter Central Library starting at 7pm. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Sustrans' Change Your World

During the week 30th June - 5th July Sustrans is running its annual Change Your World campaign.

The message behind the campaign is simple - if each of us swap just one car journey during the week of 30th June - 5th and walk, take public transport, or cycle instead, we'd take a massive 10% of traffic off the road.

More information is available at the campaign website at http://www.changeyourworld.org.uk and in the Change Your World Information Pack.

Arriva Cross Country reduce Cycle Space

CTC is urging members and supporters to take action to dissuade Arriva Cross Country (XC) from going ahead with proposals to reduce capacity for cycle carriage on their trains - and to contact MPs to press the Government to ensure that cycle-rail integration is enhanced not diminished.

Cross Country routes run via Exeter St Davids to locations such as Aberdeen and Penzance, providing useful long and short distance links for cyclists. They currently provide 4 cycle spaces on their 'Voyager' trains. However they now intend to introduce a limit of just 2 cycles on all their trains, even though they are adding several 'High Speed Trains' (HSTs) to their fleet with space for 6 cycles in each guards van.

If you are a user or potential user of Cross Country services please email Arriva to register your concerns. Describe the kinds of journeys you would like to make on Cross Country services - impress on XC that cyclists are valuable extra customers at less busy times and less busy places. In an interview in Modern Railways (May, 2008), Andy Cooper (MD of Cross Country) stated that "We've got more seats on these HSTs than a jumbo jet and we've got to fill them up". People wanting to go cycling might be just the customers he is looking for!

Please also write to your MP, urging him/her to press Ministers to ensure XC retains or enhances the existing provision for cycle-rail travel.

More information is available at at the CTC Web site.

A Date for your Diaries

Following last year's successful event, we have booked Buckfast Abbey again on Saturday 29th November for the 2008 festivities.


16 June: Free Bike Hire and Dr Bike in Market Square, Exeter (outside W H Smith)

22 June: Cycle Sunday on the Flowerpot Playing Fields opposite Millar’s Crossing in Exeter.

22 June: NSPCC's Big Bike Ride along the Lympstone-Exmouth Bike Path - http://bigbikeride.co.uk/

29 June: Torplex 200 km Audax 08:00 Newton Abbot: Graham Brodie 01626 367 977

29 June: Devon Delight 100 km Audax 09:00 Newton Abbot: Graham Brodie 01626 367 977

29 June: FORCE Rides - the Exeter based cancer charity are again organising 'Century Cycle Challenge' which consists of 55 or 100 mile loops starting and finishing in Topsham. See http://www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/CCC08home.htm for details.

2 July: Exeter Beyond the Car - a talk by Peter Lipman at Exeter Central Library starting at 7pm

9 September: Tour of Britain in Somerset and Devon

29 November: CTC Devon Xmas Dinner at Buckfast Abbey

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News