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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - September 2011

Roy Russell & Kirby James

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Fishers Bridge update

Work underway at Fisher's Bridge

The new bridge spans for Fisher's Bridge, just outside Topsham, were lifted into place on 7 September (Photo right). Completion of remaining work including cycle route signing in Topsham is expected by early October. This will provide a safe route around the narrow River Clyst Bridge.

Work is also underway on a new Toucan crossing opposite Darts Farm to link to the Exe Estuary trail.

Investigation is underway into widening the shared use path between Fishers Bridge and the Odham's Link turn opposite Dart's Farm.

Old Rydon Lane

Barriers to cycling

Old Rydon Lane was finally re-opened in August, together with a new link road towards Tesco and a new bridge over the Sandygate Link dual carriageway. Devon County Council are considering removing the unnecessary barriers erected by the developer on the cycle path (photo left). The quality of tarmac finish on the bridge approach ramps has also been criticised.

New bridge near Tesco

New bridge in Ottery St Mary

Ottery St Mary Bridge update

The new bridge over the Otter opened last month and provides a safe route from town to King's School and the Hospital (Photo left).

St Davids Station

Network Rail are proposing to build on the car parks at St Davids Station, inlcuding flats, offices, a multi-storey car park and a "cycling path linking to River Exe cycle route". See press release

Hill Barton Farm

Proposals to build on land at Hill Barton Farm in Exeter will be displayed at a public exhibition on Tuesday 27 September. These are likely to affect cycle routes from Redhayes Bridge into Exeter.

The exhibition is being held at the Holiday Inn near the Barn Owl, from 2pm until 8pm.


Devon Car Free Day - Thursday 22nd September 2011


This Thursday is Devon Car Free Day.

Further details including where to find a free breakfast can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/devoncarfreeday.

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Starcross Big Bike Bash - Saturday 24th September 2011

Community cycling event at Starcross Click on poster right for further info.

Crediton Legs It - Saturday 24th September 2011

Crediton 'Legs It' is a unique event that will take place on Saturday 24th September starting at 10am in Town Square Crediton. It is organised by the Sustainable Crediton Transport Group and is an opportunity to have fun walking, running, cycling, skateboarding and scootering around Crediton in the company of like minded people.

For cyclists there are 3, 7 and 10 miles loops. More information is available on the Moving Planet web site or directly from the organiser Laura Conyngham on 01363 773 000.

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Tiverton Hospice charity ride - Sunday 2nd October

27, 50 and 66 mile rides from Blundells Road, Tiverton, organised by Exeter CTC. Click here for details

St Loye's Duathlon Challenge - Sunday 2nd October

5k run and 20k cycle around Killerton estate. Click here for details

Force Charity Ride - Sunday 9th October

60 mile ride from Tedburn St Mary through Exeter and Crediton. Details here

Dartmoor Devil - Sunday 30th October

Celebrate the end of British Summer Time and Halloween, by entering the annual Dartmoor Devil. Details at www.dartmoordevil.co.uk


Light up the night - Saturday 5th November

Cycle ride to Turf for the annual bonfire and fireworks. Click here for details

CTC Campaigns


Longer Lorries

The Department for Transport intends to increase the maximum length of lorries to 60 feet. Is this a good idea?

Please write to your MP asking him to oppose this move. Click here for further details.

Right to Ride

The CTC Right to Ride network is the largest group of voluntary cycle campaigners in the UK. Roy Russell is the Right to Ride Rep for Exeter and can be contacted by email.

Exeter Cycle Forum

Vehicles on Shared use Paths

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Exeter Councillor Moira MacDonald is concerned about the increasing number of vehiles parked on paths within the city - which then present a hazard to pedestrians, the disabled and to cyclists on shared use paths.

If you find that this is a problem in your area Moira would appreciate a photo of any offending vehicles - it is important to note the location and date & time.

Any photos and supporting information should be sent to Moira MacDonald

Devon Show

A significant number of complaints were made about the closure of the Sidmouth Road Toucan crossings during the Devon County Show. Devon County Council have agreed to consult with cyclists next year before the show about possible restrictions on these crossings.

Bikeability training

Devon County Council has appointed a consortium of Devon cycle training organisations to provide free Bikeability training to up to 6,000 pupils in this financial year.

The Council’s aim is for every primary school to host Bikeability Level 2 courses for all ten year olds and that every child successfully completes Bikeability Level 2 training before leaving primary school.

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

Exe Estuary Trail

Exmouth to Dart's Farm

The complete route from Exmouth to Exton is now open.

Dart's Farm to Topsham

The new bridge was lifted into place on 7 September. Remaining work, including new cycle route signing in Topsham, is expected to be complete in early October.

The proposed bridge across the mouth of the River Clyst by the railway is programmed for 2013/14.

Exeter Quay - Turf Locks

Path complete.

Turf Locks - Powderham Church

No change. Negotiations are continuing with local residents and construction is scheduled for 2012/13.

Powderham Church - Starcross - Cockwood


Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

This section was opened on 25 August in time for the Bank Holiday.

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