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 Post subject: Exeter - beacon city
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:36 
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Sadly - each time I click on the link for "cycle exeter" - the link appears to be broken .. but you can view a cached page. :roll:

Anyway - this week CW praised Exeter for developing cycling and increasing cycling in the city by 37% This is the result of the beacon cash from 2005. All children receive Bikeabilty training and cycle parks have been built at the schools/hospitals/GP surgeries.

Roads have been re-engineered to accommodate shared cycle lanes for peds and cyciists The planner says he audits the drawings submitted by civil engineers - by removing "right angles" to create what he calls a "desire line" and removing lamposts as a divider between the shared" paths" in some cases :scratchchin: Most of these shared paths are around the 5 secondary schools.

Help The Aged apparently visit the schools with PCSOs and Police Liaison Officers to try to instil the importance of safety when using these shared paths and the old dears also work with these officers to stop cyclists who pedal too fast! :bunker:

chief planner for Exeter wrote:

Shared paths are similar to the "Dutch Naked Streets idea which removed all road furniture and barriers between whelled traffic and people. This is the best practice; putting the repsonsibility on individuals to make the right decision and instilling a better sense of tolerance

Errr... I think that was also part of the late Paul Smith's ideas :scratchchin: Tis somewhere on his main pages ... :wink:

But what about those :banghead: junctions? Acccording to the man behind Exeter's beacon cycling plans.. there will be cycle crossings and they are currently putting in a cycle crossing at J30 of the M5 :o :shock: :? :? :? )I think they mean at the roundabout at the exit.. not .. across the motorway as that would be .. silly )

They also turned the ring road from a dual carriageway to a single carriageway - making the freed lane - a shared-use path for cyclists and pedestrians. They've also moved some cental reservations and former pedestrian islands to creat a single phase crossing for cyclists at such toucan crossings .. plus a cycle priority at some left lane filters :bow:

So to the board .. has Exeter got things right?

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