Devon County Council’s Cabinet has given the greenlight for work on a new two-way, segregated cycle route along Cumberland Way and part of Pinhoe Road in Exeter to commence.
On Wednesday 13 September they approved the 900m-long route, stretching from the Tithebarn Link Road/Cumberland Way Roundabout to southwest of the Pinhoe Trading Estate. The route is scheduled to be 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.