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CTC Exeter - Newsletter November 2009

Kirby James

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New Cycle Group in Honiton

Over the last few months a new cycling group has been established in Honiton. The group is planning to affiliate with the CTC so you will now find a link to their activities in the left hand menu on this web site.

The Honiton Cycling Club is primarily a leisure cycling group and over recent months they have offered rides in the range of 15 to 50 km around East Devon.

More information about the section and future rides can be found at the Honiton Cycling Club's Web pages at www.honiton.ukcyclist.org.uk or by emailing honitoncycling@hotmail.co.uk.

New Swansea Ferry

Flying Cat

Severn Link - the operators of the new ferry service which is due to start operating between Ilfracombe and Swansea in Easter 2010 - have announced that they will be carrying bikes.

They will run two 40 metre Kvaerner 'FlyingCat' catamarans each capable of carrying up to 360 passengers on the 50 minute trip.

The new service will make it simpler for Devon cyclists to explore South and West Wales without a long car journey.

Cycling Column in the Express & Echo

Andy Sinclair

Andy Sinclair who operates a mobile cycle repair business around the City is now writing a weekly cycling column in the Express and Echo.

The column ... under the byline 'On Two Wheels' ... appears in the paper on Mondays.

A sample column is available on-line.

£25 M for Cycling in Devon?

Routes near Exeter

Devon County Council issued a Press Release in November announcing that £25M is being put into cycling in Devon.

The majority of this sum has been announced before but the document does show the capital plan for the next three years. This includes

  • £7.8M on the Exe Estuary Trail.
  • £1.7M on the Wray Valley Trail - Moretonhampstead to Bovey Tracey,
  • £1.8M towards the Stop Line Way - Seaton to Axminster (then onto Chard and Weston super Mare),
  • £1.3M on the Teign Estuary Route - Teignmouth and Shaldon to Newton Abbot, and
  • £100K on feasibility studies for the Exeter to Tiverton and Exeter to Crediton routes.

The press release also shows the potential Sidmouth - Ottery - Feniton route.

Cycling Personality of the Month

Zsolt Schuller

Cycle Exeter's Project Manager Zsolt Schuller has been voted Personality of the Month by Cycling England in recognition of the work he has done over the last four years in developing Exeter as a Cycling Demonstration Town.

Last year Emma Osborne of Sustrans won the same award for her work as a BikeIt School's Officer in Exeter.

Impact of Cycling Demonstration Towns

Change in cycling over five years

The Department of Transport have just published a report on the impact of Cycling Demonstration Towns.

The full report is entitled Analysis and Synthesis of Evidence on the Effects of Investment in six Cycling Demonstration Towns and is available on-line.

The report makes interesting reading. Some figures to emerge are

  • cycle counts in Exeter have increased by 40% in the period 2005 to 2009,
  • the proportion of residents classed as inactive (taking into account cycling activity, other physical exercise and activity at work) decreased by 10% between 2006 and 2009,
  • the proportion of pupils for which cycling is the mode of travel to school on the day of the survey increased by 91% between 2006/07 and 2007/08.

Cycle Maintenance Courses

Maintenance courses

In January and February next year Cycle Exeter is trialling Cycle Maintenance courses. Two courses will be available

  • two 90 minutes sessions aimed at simple tasks such as puncture repair and cleaning bikes,
  • a day long course aimed at a full range of activities including brake adjustment, cable replacement, gear adjustments, etc.

The trial courses are being made available to firms in the area and ... assuming the trial is successful ... the courses will be made available to the general public from March onwards.

Innovative Bike Parking in London

Compact bike storage

One problem with the increasing popularity of cycling is the pressure on bike parking space.

Recently spotted near London's Primrose Hill is the latest attempt to solve the problem of parking large numbers of bikes in busy city centres. This innovative system allows up to 10 bikes to be neatly parked in an area of just 3.65 sq metres.

Devon cyclists can look forward to the first such stand appearing in Exeter in the new year.

Exeter Cycle Forum Issues

Maintenance Issues

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

Exe Estuary Trail

Exmouth - Lympstone


Lympstone - Exton
View across the mouth of the River Clyst
A new section of boardwalk

The work on this section has been divided into three contracts. The longest section ... from Exton Station to Nutwell Court has been opened ... but until the final two sections are complete it will not be possible to cycle into Lympstone. Thus at the moment ... after cycling south past the Commando Training Centre ... you will have to turn around and retrace your steps back to the start.

The final two sections ... providing access to Lympstone Station and the village ... should be complete early in March 2010 ... with the official opening being around Easter.

Exton - Topsham
Ebford - Exton link

Works access and site clearance has begun at Goosemoor at the Topsham end but full scale construction - including the new bridge over the Clyst - will not get underway until 2010.

A short stretch of the pavement alongside the A 376 south of the crossroads/traffic lights in Ebford has been converted to a shared use (pedestrain/bike) path. The remainder of this pavement as far as the Exton Lane turn should be completed this financial year.

Bridge Road - Turf Locks

Path complete. A new RSPB viewing facility is under construction.

A short new section of path has been constructed at Turf, to allow cyclists to bypass the lock gates when lock maintenance work is taking place.

Turf Locks - Powderham Church

Design work continues to refine the appearance of the new bridge over the rail-line. Negotiations are continuing about works access during the construction phase. Work will start on site in 2011.

Powderham Church - Exleigh Junction
20 mph limit
Shared road

The markings and islands which were installed two years ago have been removed and the road re-surfaced. The route is now a shared 20 mph zone.

Exleigh Junction - Starcross - Cockwood


Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Planning consent obtained. Land negotiations are on-going. Construction expected to start in 2010.


  • 7 March 2010 (Sunday): Mad March Exeter Excursion, Exeter - 100 km Audax

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