Students visit cycle route being developed in Exeter

Exeter College students at E4 cycle route

Posted on: 24 April 2018

Students from Exeter College and St Luke’s College have enjoyed a site visit to the new cycle route currently being constructed on Cumberland Way and Pinhoe Road in Exeter.

The two-way cycle path will form part of a strategic cycle route connecting new developments on the east of Exeter to the university and the city centre.

Work is progressing well on the E4 route, which will be the first two-way, bi-directional cycle track in Devon, and students were able to see first hand how the route is being built.

Devon County Council representatives described the construction work taking place, the importance of improving cycle infrastructure and the processes involved in planning and preparing the works.

For the St Luke’s students, the recent site visit contributed towards part of their Geography Urban Growth GCSE module. The Exeter College students are studying a Built Environment and Construction BTEC.

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, said: “This visit by the students was an ideal opportunity for them to get an insight into the planning and construction work involved in developing new cycle ways. It was a great experience for them to be on site and to meet the engineers on site, and it was nice to hear that some of the students said they’ll be looking to explore Exeter and the surrounding area by bike.”

Cllr Hilary Ackland

Councillor Hilary Ackland, Devon County Councillor for Pinhoe and Mincinglake, said: “To have the E4 cycle route in Pinhoe, one of the fastest growing areas of Exeter, is an added bonus for all the families moving into their new homes. For the local students visiting the site, seeing how it is constructed brings to life theories learnt in the classroom. Many of the students, showing their enthusiasm for cycling, will be encouraged to pick up the mantle of making Exeter a first class cycle friendly city.”

Dave Gifford, Exeter College Construction BTEC programme manager, said: “It’s been really useful for the students to come out and experience real construction happening outside compared with being sat in a classroom. So they’ve seen the theory in the classroom and now get to see the real thing. Hopefully it will encourage them to use the cycle routes as well because they all commute to College because we’re out of the main city centre so it’s useful for them to see routes to get them in and out of the College.”

James Hudson, Construction BTEC student at Exeter College, said: “We’re studying surveying at the moment so we’re going to take that back and learn some more about what we’ve seen here. I want to go into industry and work on these kinds of projects.”

St Luke’s College students at the E4 cycle route

Justine Colborne, from St Luke’s College, said: “It was great for the year 11 geography students to hear about local planning demands and how the council plans to get more people cycling. This was a great case study to support the urban sustainability part of their GCSE. Plus the after school cycle there was an added bonus.”

Much of the work between Hollow Lane and the Tithebarn Link Road roundabout, and at the new Monkerton Farm development access road is now complete.

Construction is underway at the Tithebarn Link Road roundabout, which will include a parallel crossing over the new access road. Work is also ongoing on the west of Cumberland Way / Pinhoe Road between Pilton Lane (to the north) and the new Monkerton Farm access road stub (to the south). The route is due to open later this summer.

For more information on the E4 cycle route visit new.devon.gov.uk/cumberlandway

2 comments on “Students visit cycle route being developed in Exeter

  1. anon says:

    Total sense from Anon

  2. Anon says:

    The E4 cycle route is not only a complete waste of money, but is also extremely dangerous for vehicles and cyclists alike.

    1. Cyclists will now have to cross roads and do not have the priority to cross them (where as on the road, the cyclist would have the same priority as a vehicle).
    2. Motorists heading towards Exeter will now face the possibility of being dazzled by strong bike headlights, potentially causing accidents.
    3. The pedestrian crossings are too close to the junctions, this does not give motorists the appropriate time to react, as they are already concentrating and focusing on their manoeuvre. For example the round about’s in Pinhoe are extremely dangerous and poorly designed with zebra crossings on all exits.

    As a cyclist I will be sticking to the road, since I can travel in the direction of the traffic with equal priority on the road. I will have to dismount my bike and stop less often than if I where to use the cycle route. Having Cumberland way narrowed has now increased my personal risk when using this route to head towards Sowton Industrial Estate.

    Heading towards the city and using Pinhoe Road also looks like a very bad choice for the E4 route. A much better route would be to guide cyclists via Chancel Lane and then through Eastern Fields where there is already good cycle paths and access to Prince Charles way and a better route to get to the University. I would recommend that the Chancel Lane railway bridge is removed and a level crossing implemented in its place as this would also solve other problems with Chancel Lane.

    Overall, the E4 cycle route is basically an expensive route to no-where, it has been poorly planned and designed. There was practically ZERO public consultation with locals or with people who walk, cycle and drive on Cumberland Way.

    To top it all off, the cycle way from the newly opened Tithebarn Way does not have an easy through route to the new E4 link. Cyclists either have to cross the road at the Pinn Lane junction or re-join the road as the pavement on the southern side from Pinn Lane to Cumberland way is only a narrow pavement (not suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists).

    Devon County Council have been irresponsible yet again and need to be taken to account!

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