Cabinet to consider Cumberland Way cycle route

Posted on: 6 September 2017

Plans to build a new segregated cycle route along Cumberland Way and part of Pinhoe Road in Exeter, will be considered by Devon County Council’s ruling Cabinet next week (Wednesday 13 September).

If given the greenlight, work on the 900m-long route, stretching from the Tithebarn Link Road/Cumberland Way Roundabout to southwest of the Pinhoe Trading Estate, is scheduled to start next month and completed next summer.

The plans follow a public consultation and represent the first phase of a strategic cycle network for Exeter, which was endorsed by the Cabinet in June 2016.

The eventual aim is to deliver a series of high quality, fast and direct cycle routes, linking key growth and development areas to workplaces, education, leisure destinations and the city centre.

The Cumberland Way scheme is the first section of one of those routes (E4) which will eventually connect cyclists from the east of the city to the city centre and university.

The plans consist of a two way or bi-directional cycle track which is segregated from pedestrians and vehicles.

The cycle track is separated from the traffic by a 0.5m wide, kerbed buffer island to protect cyclists from passing vehicles.

Pedestrians will be on a level separated path which, along with the suitably wide footway, will discourage pedestrians from encroaching on the cycle track.

Only short sections of the path will be ‘dual use’, shared by pedestrians and cyclists. These will predominantly be at crossings and junctions and wide enough for both pedestrians and cyclists to use at the same time.

The £1.73 million scheme will be paid for through Devon County Council’s Local Transport Plan budget, developer contributions and the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said:

“Cycling is becoming more popular in Exeter as a leisure activity and is increasingly been seen as a viable alternative to car travel by commuters. Within four years we want to double the number of journeys to work by bike. High quality routes like this will help us meet this target, and reduce traffic congestion.
“We are creating a first class environment for cycling, where cyclists of all abilities and ages feel they can enjoy a bike ride in safety.”

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with Special Responsibility for Exeter, said:

“This scheme will be of the highest quality. The designers have been drawing from ideas, guidance and best practice from across the world.
“This route will set the standard for future routes and help provide better access to the city centre, improve people’s health and reaffirm Exeter’s status as progressive, sustainable cycling city.”

Councillor Hilary Ackland, the local Devon County Councillor for Pinhoe and Mincinglake, said:

“Cycling helps protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions and congestion, improves health and boosts the economy and improves the quality of life for all. I fully support this proposal.”

Scheme information and updates will be posted here.

2 comments on “Cabinet to consider Cumberland Way cycle route

  1. Janet Warren says:

    What a load of rubbish. Cyclists belong on the road where it is perfectly safe as long as we all abide by the same rules. As a regular cyclist I want to be able to go wherever there is a road. We live within yards of Cumberland way and were not consulted nor were the local bike shops. Devon highways seem to be trying to clear cyclists off the road. The changes so far have made the southbound side of the road too narrow for a car to pass a bike safely.

    • Dear Janet, thanks for taking the time to write a comment.

      Hundreds of new homes are being planned to the east and south of Exeter and this will inevitably lead to more people travelling into the City Centre. There are limited opportunities to upgrade the road network to enable it cope with more vehicles.

      The improved high quality cycle infrastructure will make cycle trips for work, education and leisure purposes safer, quicker and more appealing to all cyclists – experienced cyclists like yourself and the not-so-experienced who may not have the confidence to cycle in the road. When complete the cycle route will be segregated from traffic and pedestrians and will benefit commuters from the developments east of the city but also existing residents and businesses along the route.

      Public consultation on the Exeter Strategic Cycle Routes were held in 2015 where plans for these proposals were supported. Since then, the outline plans have been approved at the Exeter Hatoc committee in 2016 and detailed designs were presented and approved at the Devon County Council Cabinet in September 2017.

      Since the start of the construction, DCC have sent two separate letters to 300+ residents and businesses informing of the upcoming scheme and to share plans with dates of planned road closures in the area. A website has also been created with up to date information related to the scheme https://new.devon.gov.uk/cumberlandway/

      During construction works, cyclists can follow the pedestrian and cyclist diversion routes along the shared path

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