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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - September 2010

Kirby James & Roy Russell

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News


Pedal it Pink

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On Sunday 26 September a series of Pedal It Pink rides will be taking place from Exeter Quay to raise money for the Breast Cancer Campaign. Participants will be able to chose to cycle a marathon (11:45 start), a half-marathon (12:00 start) or 5 km (11:30 start) to help to raise money for innovative world-class research.

Ladies will be able to enter any of the events ... but men are restricted to the 5 km ride.

Three Counties Ride - Sunday 3rd October

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Christian Aid are organising a bike ride on Sunday 3rd October. The ride starts at Woodbury Park Golf Club and will visit Devon, Somerset and Dorset. Riders will have a choice of 48 mile or 70 mile routes.

Every £1 raised will be match funded with £9 from the EU, so if they raise their target of £5,000 this will be turned into £50,000.

A poster describes the ride in more detail and entries can be accepted on this form.

Bonfire Bonanza


Join us for a Night Ride to Turf Locks for the Bonfire Bonanza on Saturday, 6th November ... www.turfpub.net.

The ride starts from the Cathedral Green in Exeter and takes the canal-side path down to Turf Locks. The Axe Valley Peddalers will be joining us for this ride.

Fireworks, bonfire, band and BBQ. Click here for further details

Odhams Link & Fisher's Bridge

Cycle routes between Topsham, Ebford and Exton

The planning application for Odhams Link has been approved subject to final consultation with Natural England. This link will run between the mouth of the Clyst and the rear of the industrial estate on Odhams Warf (shown in dark blue on the adjacent map).

Construction of the link between the mouth of the Clyst and Exton Village is underway (shown in green) and is scheduled to complete early in 2011. It is hoped to be able to start work on Odhams link in parallel so that the complete route between Exton and Dart's Farm can be opened in early 2011.

Following numerous complaints about the vicious speed bumps in the link to Ebford crossroad (shown in red) cut-outs are being made for cyclists. As the road is single track the opportunity is also being taken to construct some passing places so that commercial vehicles can pass cyclists and cars safely.

A planning application is being prepared for a pedestrian/cyclist bridge adjacent to the narrow stone bridge alongside Fisher's Mill. No funding has been allocated to this bridge nor to the proposed bridge alongside the rail bridge at the mouth of the River Clyst (both shown in orange).

Future of Transport in Exeter Consultation Report

After the 'Future of Transport in Exeter' consultation held in March and April this year a summary report has been produced and is available online at http://www.devon.gov.uk/futureoftransportinexeterfullreport.pdf. The sections dealing with walking and cycling can be viewed here.

The press release states:-

The results show that there is support for the cycling strategy, Project Exe-press, Park and Ride proposals, further rail investment and selected road improvements. There is also useful feedback on public acceptability of a range of other measures aimed at managing traffic growth, which could be introduced to help keep Exeter moving and reduce carbon emissions. These results and feedback / suggestions from the public and businesses will be used to inform the Exeter Transport Strategy, which will be part of the next Local Transport Plan 2011-2026 (to be adopted by 1st April 2011). It will also feed into the work on the City Centre Transport Study, which is being progressed in partnership with Exeter City Council.

At the time of producing this report, there is some financial uncertainty about future funding for major transportation schemes. This will become clearer after the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in October. The County Council will need to make use of a range of funding sources to help deliver housing and jobs and support economic growth in a sustainable way. This will include using Local Transport Plan funds, developer contributions and other central Government funding initiatives. The future transport solutions for Exeter will need to be innovative, offer good value for money and be delivered in a more flexible way.

CTC Devon Annual Dinner and Prizegiving

CTC Devon Annual Dinner

This year's CTC Devon Annual Dinner and Prizegiving is being held on Saturday 27th November at the Royal Seven Stars Hotel in Totnes. The menu is available on-line.

The hotel is offering a special deal of 10% off the normal accommodation rates for those who choose to stay overnight.

Bookings can be made using this form. Numbers are being restricted to 50 - so book early if you want to guarantee a place.

CTC Exeter Christmas Lunch

Red Lion

The CTC Exeter Christmas Lunch is being held on Sunday 12 December at the Red Lion, Broadclyst. The lunch will be preceded by a short ride to work up an appetite.

More information is available on-line and bookings can be made using this form.

The booking are being taken by Don Buteux, who can be contacted by email or at 45 Meadow View Road, Exmouth, EX8 4ET (01395 274 069).

Coffee Pots Christmas Lunch

The Coffee Pots Christmas Lunch is being held on Thursday 16 December at the Willand Restaurant. Numbers are such that the restaurant is being closed to casual customers so that the whole place can be taken over by cyclists.

More details are available from Pete Luxton.

Exeter Cycle Forum

Sandygate Roundabout

New Toucan Crossing

Work continues on a Toucan Crossing of Sidmouth Road at the junction with Clyst Road (at the site of the "Agricultural Crossing"). This is a popular commuter route from Clyst St Mary, past the Blue Ball towards Exeter.

The new crossing is due to open at the end of October.

Gypsy Hill Bridge

Junction 29 Bridge

Work is well underway on the construction of the shared use (pedestrian/cyclist) bridge over the M5 just north of Junction 29.

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.

Construction of the piers is scheduled to complete in December when the bridge span will be lifted into place.

The new bridge will provide a cycle route to the new developments, such as the Science Park, which are planned east of the M5. It is also hoped to obtain funding to allow the completion of a safe cycle link out to the Exeter Airport entrance.

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. During the first half of this year this section has seen over 15,000 cycle movements per month.

See above for details of the remaining section to Topsham. Please note that the only way to cycle from Exton to Topsham at present is along the busy A376. An alternative is to cycle along the shared use pavement from the traffic lights alongside the old Ebford hotel ... and then to walk the narrow section past the petrol station which is not shared use.

Exeter Quay - Turf Locks
Resurfaced lanes over Exminster Marshes

Path complete.

Work is underway to surface the lane from Exminster (Station Road), which runs past the Swan's Nest Pub and Toby's reclamation yard, to provide a continuous link to the Exe Estuary Trail (shown in dark blue on the adjacent map).

The lane which runs from the oil depot on Dawlish Road is also being re-surfaced (also shown in dark blue).

Both lanes were very rutted and completion of this work will allow greater access to the Estuary Trail and allow new leisure cycle loops to be developed.

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

Complete. A 20 mph limit has been imposed between Starcross and Powderham Church - but the signs have been stolen for a second time.

Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Work expected to start on this path through the fields with completion scheduled for June/July 2011.


CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News