DEVON County Council’s cabinet has approved the next section of the strategic cycle route in Exeter.
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.”