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Investing in better cycling routes in Devon

  • by J.W.

Making temporary cycling and walking measures permanent.

“Ensuring the shift in active travel is underpinned in well-maintained services and routes.”


The County Council has been doing a lot to help pedestrians and cyclists get around as car traffic increases:

Boosting walking and cycling and supporting social distancing – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And around the county, things seem to be moving faster and wider than originally expected…

Exeter is “making some temporary cycling and walking measures in Exeter permanent”:

Temporary cycling routes could become permanent – Radio Exe

Work underway on new road layouts to support walking and cycling – News centre

New cross-city walking and cycling route opens in Exeter – Devon Live

The countryside beyond could be opening up too:

“… there should be consideration to make some of the temporary pop-up measures to support walking and cycling be made permanent and for the strategy to extend this to “Green Lanes” supporting active travel access from villages on the edge of the city.”

Calls made to consider making Exeter temporary cycling measures permanent – Devon Live

With the County Council prioritising improvements to roads used by bikes:

Devon County Council (DCC) will use Strava when deciding where to direct a large proportion of the £58m it will spend on road repairs this year. The authority is looking to prioritise roads used by cyclists and will use data from the popular cycling and running app to determine which routes are most popular for active travel.

Devon Live (link is external) reports that DCC has an extra £27m to spend on the county’s roads this year from the Government’s pothole fund with the majority of that to be allocated to smaller and unclassified roads.

Stuart Hughes, DCC Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said that Devon’s Covid-19 recovery had introduced different challenges and considerations for the improvement of Devon’s highways. He said, “the funding will be invaluable in enabling high-usage routes to be safe, properly maintained, and appropriate for active travel, like walking or cycling. We need to ensure the shift in active travel is underpinned in well maintained services and routes.”

Devon will use Strava to prioritise popular cycling roads for repairs |