Latest section of strategic cycle route in Exeter approved

E4 cycle route

Posted on: 10 April 2019

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has approved the next section of the strategic cycle route in Exeter (Wednesday 10 April).

Councillors agreed the construction of an improved £1.5million, pedestrian/cycle route, starting from the junction with Pilton Lane on Pinhoe Road, up to the railway bridge on the northern end of Exhibition Way.

Currently the cycle route along this section is a shared use path. It includes narrow sections, wide crossing points on side roads and the need to cross both Pinhoe Road and Exhibition Way.

This scheme will in part widen existing shared paths along Pinhoe Road, include priority crossings, and along part of Exhibition Way create a two-way cycle route, with a ‘buffer’ zone segregating cyclists from the road.

Once the whole E4 strategic cycle route is completed it will link housing developments in the east of Exeter to the city centre and Exeter University.

This latest scheme, funded by Government grant and developer contributions, will complete over three kilometres of upgraded cycle / walking paths between Redhayes and Beacon Lane.

The onward route continues via St Katherine’s Road and the shared use path on Prince Charles Road. Devon County Council will continue to seek funding to complete the route.

The cycle scheme will offer better segregation for pedestrians and cyclists and excellent priority across side roads with a more favourable gradient for people travelling between the edge of Exeter and the city centre.

This section will follow the completion of the segregated path between Cumberland Way and Pinhoe Road/Pilton Lane, the widening of paths through Exhibition Fields and Bettys Mead Playing Fields, and the construction of a £1.3 million bridge. This bridge will enable cyclists and pedestrians to avoid a signal-controlled crossing on Summer Lane if they wish.

The report states: “The scheme will increase the attractiveness of cycling, walking by providing a safe, convenient and direct route towards the city centre.

“This will allow better access to the parks in the area and help encourage reduced car use, reduced carbon emissions and improved air quality.”

5 comments on “Latest section of strategic cycle route in Exeter approved

  1. Old Boy says:

    Teign Estuary Trail will come but will take time and money. Lots of it.
    The Exe Estuary Trail took about ten years and the TET has potentially more challenges.
    Latest news here: https://www.devonnewscentre.info/planning-application-to-be-prepared-for-next-section-of-teign-estuary-trail/

  2. Gib Gill says:

    In the Teignmouth/Dawlish/Kingsteignton we urgently need the Teign Estuary Trail to be completed- Exeter seems to have plenty of cycle/walking trails and I feel that the Teign Estuary trail is more urgent than this trail.

  3. Colin says:

    In response to Barry’s comments there are recommended minimum widths for cycle tracks and cycle lanes. The very minimum width for a 2 way cycle track, that is designed to accommodate and attract a wide range of cyclists and bikes, is four metres. Additional width is required to maintain effective width when there are features such kerbs and drainage gullies. Separation between the track and the road is also required, to distance the vulnerable road user from the traffic. One of the barriers to cycling is the fear of mixing with, or being close to traffic, especially HGVs and buses.

  4. Ros says:

    Although we undertook a survey a couple of years ago looking at transport needs for the area, I wonder if the planning took our comments into account. Will there be better services to the main hubs such as County Hall, Wonford Hospital and Exeter Airport via all routes as from where I live these destinations take between 30 and 45 minutes by car and over two hours by public transport. The costs of public transport over the car is also prohibitive.

  5. Barry Collacott says:

    Whilst I appreciate the need for cycle routes, do they have to be so wide ? The one (E4) route has a cycle path wide enough for a bus, but is used a few times a day for the odd cyclist. The actual road is narrowed down so that two heavy lorries or buses have difficulty passing each other on the narrower parts

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