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CTC Exeter - Newsletter - February 2014

Roy Russell & Kirby James

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Local News

Exe Estuary Trail

Powderham Bridge

The Goosemoor and River Clyst Bridge section is proving very popular since its formal opening on 26th November 2013. See installation video here Through liaison with the RSPB, a set of wooden panels showing silhouettes will shortly be installed at each of the Viewing Areas.

Work on the final section from Powderham Church to Turf Lock is scheduled to commence next month with completion by the end of September 2014.



Devon County Council are running Bikeability courses next week in half term. Further details here

Following a recent literature review by Plymouth University of the dangers of cycling, participants will be required to wear protective equipment. Details here

CTC are opposed to compulsory helmets as they are almost certainly detrimental to public health: www.ctc.org.uk

Safer Cycling


The Institution of Civil Engineers are organising a discussion event in Exeter on 17th April about how to make cycling safer. Non-members welcome. Contact Roy Russell for details.

Changes in Bridge Road

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In 2015 work will start to provide Bridge Road with two lanes both towards and away from Countess Wear roundabout.

The existing shared use path over the listed bridge over the Exe is being removed to give space for the additional lanes. A new cantilevered structure will be added to the upstream side of the bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

Some work is planned over the next couple of months to install piles and the footway will be temporarily diverted onto a coned off carriageway.

More information is available on the Devon CC web site.

Proposed Sidmouth to Sidbury Path


Proposals for a new walking and cycling route between Sidbury and Sidford will go on show to the public next week.

Further details here

Exeter Gets Thumbs-up in Cycling Weekly

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Keep Your Backside Dry

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Oxford Station

Local restaurant Bill's have introduced an innovative marketing strategy designed to attract cyclists.

They are giving away brightly coloured waterproof saddle covers. The covers come in a neat pouch and are currently available in pink and lime green.

The local initiative has been carried out on the back of that of their Oxford branch which periodically puts covers on 500 bikes around the city.

If you'd like a cover then have a snack at Bill's in Gandy Street - or if you'd like to order 1,000 or more go to OnYourBikeSeat's web site.


Boniface Trail

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A new group are campaigning for a safe route between Crediton and Exeter - the main A377 road being particularly dangerous for cyclists. Indeed popular CTC member Brenda Kerry lost her life in a cycling accident on the road near Newton St Cyres in 2005.

The Boniface Trail Group are holding regular meetings, canvassing Councillors, organising bike rides, issuing Newsletters, exploring route options and they will soon be publishing a set of maps of cycle routes in the area.

More information can be obtained from the Sustainable Crediton web site or direct frrom Laura Conyngham tel 01363 773000.

Call for an additional off-road route through Lympstone

A number of villagers in Lympstone have been campaigning for a new route through the village. Sara Bragg writes:-

The Exe Estuary Trail has generally been a great success. However, concerns about the safety of the on-road route through Lympstone have grown over recent years. Residents of the Village support the Trail as a whole but believe it was a serious design error to use the roads through the Village as the primary, and only, route rather than continue along the railway line with clear access points to the Village (giving people a choice of routes). The Village roads are narrow with steep hills and blind bends, and there have been a considerable number of accidents and near misses. The development of an additional off-road route would reduce the risk of accidents, benefit commuter cyclists and others who would prefer a more direct and safer route, and reduce the negative impact on the Lympstone community and conservation area. A petition has been submitted to Devon County Council with view to establishing an additional route.

For more information contact Sara at sarabragg@aol.com


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Mad March Audax - Sunday 2 March

Exeter Wheelers are organising the popular Mad March Audax rides on Sunday 2nd March.

Both 100 km and 200 km routes are available. Both start and finish at the The Barn Owl in Sowton opposite the Honiton Road Park and Ride car park.

You can enter either ride on-line at 100 km or 200 km.

Coast to Coast Audax

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CTC are organising two rides from Kentisbeare, on Saturday 17th May 2014. Ride from the Bristol Channel to the English Channel on this scenic 100 mile ride. A shorter 100km route is also available to the Bristol Channel. All proceeds to The Alzheimer's Society.

Details: http://bit.ly/CoastToCoast2014

Velo Vintage Ride - 15 June

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On Saturday 15 June Velo Vintage are organising another of their popular rides from Exmouth.

5th Velo Vintage Occasion & Ride – Sunday 15th June 2014

If you would like to take part it is important to pre-register.

Over The Top Ride


Join a 100 mile ride on Saturday 19th July 2014 to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of WWI. The ride will start in Exeter and go “over the top” of Dartmoor to Plymouth before returning via the same route! Further details here

Prudential RideLondon

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Roy Russell is organising a CTC weekend to take part in Prudential Ride London on 9 and 10th August.

This is the second year of this successful event which sees more than 50,000 cyclists taking part in FreeCycle on Saturday and 20,000 following the 100 mile course of the Olympic Road Race on Sunday from London to Box Hill in Surrey. http://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

Accommodation will be in the Holmbury Youth Hostel in the Surrey Hills. On Saturday we'll catch a train into central London to take part in FreeCycle. 8 miles of roads will be traffic-free past many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. Bike based entertainment and activities are available around the route. On Sunday we'll help with marshalling the spectators and 20,000 cyclists near to the Hostel.

Please contact Roy for further details.



"Britain's Ultimate Off-Road Tour" is coming to Exmoor in August.

SweetSpot, organisers of The Tour of Britain, are organising a televised, seven stage mountain bike tour that will be the first of its kind in the UK, taking riders onto unseen tracks across three National Trust locations from the 16th to 23rd August 2014. The finale is on Exmoor. Further details here

Outlet News

Route 2 Bike Shop Moves and Expands

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Until recently Topsham's Route 2 cafe included a very small bike shop.

The shop has now moved next door and expanded to three rooms. Their focus will mainly be on Urban bikes and they stock both Scott and Forme models.

On opening, their stock included a Scott belt drive model with an enclosed 8 speed Shimano hub gear. Just the thing for current weather conditions!

Free Bike Maintenance Courses at Exmouth Cycles

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In November last year Exmouth Cycles started offering free four week bike maintenance courses. These have proved to be very popular and the courses are being continued this year. The courses are normally held at Exmouth Cycles shop in Victoria Road on Thursday evenings between 7 and 9 pm. The courses cover

  1. General safety checks
  2. Tyres punctures and inflation
  3. Brakes adjustment and replacement of parts
  4. Gear indexing and replacement of parts and replacement of chains

More details can be obtained from:- Exmouth Cycles, 1a Victoria Road, Exmouth, EX8 1DL. tel: 01395 225 656 email: info@exmouthcycles.com

Exeter Central Station

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Exeter's first public bike pump has been installed outside Central Station. The pump has adaptors for both Presta and Schrader valves.


ASA ruling


Following 5 complaints the Advertising Standards Authority banned this advert because it showed a cyclist without a helmet and cycling too far from the kerb. CTC voiced concerns about this ruling and over 4,000 have signed a petition objecting.

The ASA has now withdrawn the ruling pending an independant review. If you disagree with the ban please add your name to the petition here

Cycle Digest

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CTC publish a monthly round up of campaigning news: Cycle Digest January 2014 This month the CTC is calling for action on potholes, bad driving and cycling on pavements.

National News

MEP calls for cyclist registration and compulsory high-vis and helmets

Save british engineering - teach your daughter to mend her bike

Mobile phones as life savers

102 year old frenchman beats own world record

176 Trixi mirrors

Dangerous lorries to be banned from londons roads to save cyclists

You Tube

Local Events List

Maintenance Issues

A reminder that you can report highway maintenance issues using the on-line map-based interface

The Exeter City Council email address for reporting broken glass is cleansing@exeter.gov.uk

The Devon County email address for reporting other problems is csc.roads@devon.gov.uk

and finally

How much space do you need to transport 40 people?

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Thanks to 101qs.com.

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