- 1 CTC Exeter - Newsletter - September 2011
- 1.1 News
- 1.2 Events
- 1.2.1 Devon Car Free Day - Thursday 22nd September 2011
- 1.2.2 Starcross Big Bike Bash - Saturday 24th September 2011
- 1.2.3 Crediton Legs It - Saturday 24th September 2011
- 1.2.4 Tiverton Hospice charity ride - Sunday 2nd October
- 1.2.5 St Loye's Duathlon Challenge - Sunday 2nd October
- 1.2.6 Force Charity Ride - Sunday 9th October
- 1.2.7 Dartmoor Devil - Sunday 30th October
- 1.2.8 Light up the night - Saturday 5th November
- 1.3 CTC Campaigns
- 1.4 Exeter Cycle Forum
- 1.4.1 Vehicles on Shared use Paths
- 1.4.2 Devon Show
- 1.4.3 Bikeability training
- 1.4.4 Maintenance Issues
- 1.4.5 Exe Estuary Trail
- 1.5 News from the World of Cycling
- 1.6 Videos
- 1.7 Diary of Events
CTC Exeter - Newsletter - September 2011
Roy Russell & Kirby James
Fishers Bridge update
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
News from the World of Cycling
- Traffic lights, gherkins and ice cream
- Former railway tunnels opened as cycle trails in the Peak District
- MP presents helmet compulsion bill for child cyclists
- What makes Cambridge a cycling city?
- Traffic Signs review to make it easier for councils to erect signs, such as No Entry Except Cyclists and introduce 20mph schemes.
- Andrei Burton at Princesshay
- Tour of Britain Stage 5 - Start, Slade Cross, Haytor and Finish
- Latest Danny Macaskill video
Diary of Events
- 22 September Thursday: Devon Car Free Day.
- 24 September Saturday: Crediton Legs It
- 24 September Saturday: Starcross Big Bike Bash
- 2 October Sunday: Tiverton Hospice Charity Ride
- 9 October Sunday: Force Charity Ride
- 30 October Sunday: Dartmoor Devil
- 5 November Saturday: Bonfire Bonanza