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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - March 2011

Kirby James & Roy Russell

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New Cycle Bridge 1 - Redhayes Bridge over M5

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The new Redhayes Bridge was lifted into place in February. Work has since been continuing on finalising the decking and constructing the approach tracks. It is hoped that the new route can be opened in April.

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The bridge (shown in pink on the map) 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 immediately north of Junction 29.

This will provide a cycle route to the new developments, such as the Science Park, the Air Park and Cranbrook, which are beginning construction east of the M5.

Sandygate Roundabout

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The final phase of improvements to Sandygate roundabout is nearly complete. A new split crossing (shown in cyan on map) has been built across the northbound on-slip to the M5 (see adjacent photo). This is much safer than the previous dash across the road between the traffic. Note that pressing the button won't make the lights change any quicker (except at night!). In contrast you won't get a green man on the off-slip lights (towards Clyst St Mary) unless you press the button.

The closure of the popular commuter route up Old Rydon Lane is due to be lifted on 9 April, although this date keeps slipping.

New Cycle Bridge 2 - Sandygate Link

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A second new bridge has been completed over the Sandygate Link dual carriageway (green line on map above).

It links the Rydon Lane Retail Park and Digby & Sowton directly with the Newcourt developments south of the dual carriageway.

The bridge will be opened in the next month when the new link road to Old Rydon Lane is complete.

Roy has already complained about the surface finish on the new path leading up to the bridge. If you have any comments on this please send an email to Devon County Council with a copy to Roy.

Sustrans Bike It News

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Autumn and winter have been full steam ahead in Bike It schools despite the cold weather. In their Newsletter you can see

  • enthusiastic pupils racing the professional cyclists of the Tour of Britain,
  • see how schools have been working hard to get their bronze School Mark awards, and
  • see how they have ensured that families get involved with the Bike It project too.

Granite Way Planning Application

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Planning permission was given on 26th January by Devon County Council for a new section of the Granite Way.

The plan is to continue the off-road section of the Granite Way 1 km west of its current termination on the A 386 (shown in pink on map). When completed cyclists will be able to avoid a fast section of the A 386 or a long and hilly detour via Bridestowe.

Surf (and Bike) Bus

The Surf Bus will run from April to October during 2011 and 2012.

Daily timetables and the route are still being finalised, but will include Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and the main beaches in North Devon. The bus is a converted double-decker - the seats have been removed downstairs to allow surfboards and bikes to be loaded and passengers travel upstairs.

The bus featured in an edition of the Countyfile programme last month.

New Bike Hire Outlet in Exmouth

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CTC member Reece Strawbridge has opened a new bike hire outlet - The Little Cycle Hire co. - in Exmouth at the southern end of the Exe Estuary Trail.

This is an example of how new shared use cycle and pedestrian routes open up both business and leisure opportunities.

The outlet is conveniently sited at the rear of the Strand pub on the opposite side of the roundabout from Exmouth Station.

Route 2 Cafe

Route 2 Cafe

The painted signs on the outside of the popular Route 2 cafe in Topsham will shortly be painted over at the insistence of the City Planning Department, in spite of a large petition which attracted over 850 people in support.

See article in Express and Echo.

CTC Exeter Coast-to-Coast Ride - Sunday 5th June 2011

If you would like to cycle from Coast-to-Coast and back in a day, Exeter CTC is organising a ride on Sunday 5 June 2011.

Full details are available on-line.

Force Charity Ride - Sunday 26th June 2011


The Force Charity Ride from Topsham to Exmoor and back takes place on 26 June. Further details on the website

(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!!).

Full details are available on-line.

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Exmouth Sustainable Transport Fayre - Sunday 1st May 2011

This year is the 150thanniversary of the Exeter to Exmouth rail line (the Avocet Line).

A range of activities are being held along the line to celebrate including a beer festival in Lympstone and a special train which may be steam powered.

There will be a Sustainable Transport Fayre in Exmouth's revamped Strand Gardens between 11.30am and 3pm. The Fayre will feature stalls, stands, exhibits, a guided walk, musical performances and a cycle activity lead by Sustrans.

Bike Week

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This year Bike Week is being held from 18th to 26th June.

Look out for activities in your area.

Exeter Cycle Forum

Maintenance Issues

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

Exe Estuary Trail

Exmouth to Exton

The complete route from Exmouth to Exton is now open.

Exton to Topsham
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The final link from Exton through to Dart's Farm, although physically complete, awaits signing of the relevant access agreement with the landowner.

It is hoped to start work on the new bridge alongside Fisher's Mill during this summer.

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


Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Work has started to clear vegetation on this route. Construction work will start after Easter with completion scheduled for end Summer 2011.


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