Transition Exmouth – April newsletter

Active Travel… ExeCargo Bike… Ixora Energy… Library of Things

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Some great projects underway in Devon’s largest town:

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Local Action Contents:  Green Drinks, Ixora Energy, Memorial to Joanna, ExeCargo Bikes, Active Travel Day, Buy local with Zero, OurPlaceOurPlanet,  Highway Code changes, Together we Can Summit, Library of Things Update, Earth Day event
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Introducing ExeCargo’s Bikes 
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After months of testing and researching the dozens of different ecargo bikes available , we have now placed our orders for two bikes – we can’t wait for them to arrive. We are planning to launch ExeCargo at Active travel Day in the Strand , Exmouth, on 30th April  – do come along and have a ride ! 
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We have chosen two bikes which can carry children AND cargo . The  Raleigh Stride2 Family bike     and the amazing Transformer of cargo bikes , the Tern GSD S10 which can carry cargo , two kiddies or an adult passenger . 

One – off hire rates will be £33 per day , with special rates for regular business users and free use for community groups.  The aim is to get the ecargo bikes out and about in Exmouth as much as possible, so that people can see what a fantastic alternative they are to cars and vans. 
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If you’re interested in using Execargo regularly for your business or community group  , please contact us To book the ecargo bikes , contact Exmouth Cycles on 01395 225 656 
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 Transition Exmouth’s ExeCargo Crowdfunder  was supported by over 70 individuals ,  Exmouth Town Council’s Climate and Ecological Emergency fund ,  EDDC’s Crowdfunder and   DCC’s Climate Action Back the Future  We massively appreciate every single pledge, and we hope everyone who contributed will come and celebrate the launch with us at Active Travel Day 
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29Minute talk about  IXORA ENERGY
“not perfect, but better than Russian Gas…”
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GREEN DRINKS THURSDAY 7th APRIL 7.30pm
at  Sundowners  the Strand, Exmouth

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Chris Jenkins will be introducing Ixora Energy, which he describes as “not perfect, but better than Russian gas.”  It has the potential to be a reliable source of gas and electric 24/7 365 days a year for homes in the East Devon area . Anaerobic digestion (AD) captures naturally occurring biogas from waste products like farm manures, grass, crops, food waste and even sewage to run engines which produce electric or clean up the biogas to a quality that is put into the national grid main gas line.  Come along and find out more ! 
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transitionexmouth.org/events
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ACTIVE TRAVEL DAY 30TH APRIL 2022
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Along with ETC and other organisations, Transition Exmouth is holding an Active Travel Day in The Strand between 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30th April. The aim of this event is to promote awareness and engagement with cycling and walking as alternatives to use of the car to access the town centre, and for travelling around the town. There will be a number of stalls on the day with national and local organisations and firms promoting sustainable transport. We’re hoping that some of these will be offering practical e-bike demos and trialling.

WHAT THE HECK IS THE IPCC
AND WHY DO WE CARE ANYWAY?!

See the latest Blog on OurPlaceOurPlanet . 
For a five-second Eco-Action – share it to a group on social media !  
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Above: Bianca, Grant and Trevor at Exmouth Library of things
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LIBRARY OF THINGS UPDATE
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As summer approaches the Exmouth Library of Things has been thriving. As well as their Saturday morning opening time of 10 am to 1 pm, items can be picked up on a Wednesday evening on request. 
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Opening times:
Saturday morning 10:00 – 12:30 and Wednesday evening on request (18:30-19:30)
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Membership fees:
£10 for 4 months
£15 for 6 months
£30 for 12 months
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Particularly popular at the moment is equipment for the festival season – a selection of camping equipment including camping stoves, cool boxes and camping chairs are available as well as pop-up tents and a six person tent for larger groups. When you compare the cost of new camping equipment the small fee for membership of Library of Things makes for a wonderfully cheap holiday family holiday. 
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Carpet cleaners are also very popular, and recent storms saw a surge in the loan of DIY tools of which there is huge selection.
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Family re-unions also bring in those wanting temporary use of equipment such as play pens, high chairs and push chairs. 
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Do have a browse of our websitehttps://www.exmouthlibraryofthings.org/ 
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BUY LOCAL WITH ZER0
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An urgent message from our local zero waste shop, Zero Exmouth:  
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“Please support your local ZERO WASTE SUPERMARKET!  Zero have worked for free for years on so many days as owners to keep the prices low for everyone and many items cost no more than an average supermarket. Plastic bags covering your food give the delusion your are buying more in many instances and packaging is clever for sales but can be brutal for the environment as all know. Sadly the shop has not been supported since the pandemic .
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Zero’s lowest trading day EVER took a total of £53. We would have been financially better staying in bed, It costs us hundreds a day to operate –  the shop rent in Exmouth is huge and we pay above the living wage and using ethical suppliers. Unless indie stores are supported, you will lose them. Our local neighbours have also expressed how quiet they are.
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Please support your local stores, change the dynamic, support people who support change, support people who march for change, support people who believe in change, or nothing will change.
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So many business owners are ashamed when they have a slow day, week or month and everyone is suddenly shocked when they close, but we aren’t. We aren’t going to close; we are going to keep sharing and growing and working incredibly hard, we are more bothered about the environment and the people we support, extending to employ more local people and supporting more artisans and growing so we can complete the vital projects we have started. If we wanted to start a business to be rich we wouldn’t have started a zero waste store, but we wanted to start a business for change both in England, Colombia and everywhere in between. We have recently worked directly with suppliers and it’s not ok how people are exploited to pick our food.
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No one can make, pack, export pasta for 23p – your food is only cheap as some poor bugger somewhere else is being heavily exploited, the environment and the people deserve a fairer more equal society.”
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You’ll find Zer0 in the Magnolia Centre , 5 Chapel Street, Exmouth
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Zer0’s website is https://myzerolifestyle.co.uk/
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SAFER WALKING AND CYCLING
WITH NEW CHANGES TO THE HIGHWAY CODE

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New changes to the Highway Code mean that those walking, wheeling and cycling are now recognised as the most vulnerable road users, making their safety of paramount importance. Sustrans and partners have informed the Department of Transport’s newest changes to the highway code which came into effect this January.
1. New hierarchy of road usersThe new hierarchy of road users ensures that those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others.At the top of this hierarchy (as most vulnerable) are people who are walking, in particular children, disabled people and older adults.Therefore a person cycling assumes responsibility to look out for the safety of those walking.In the same way, a driver has responsibility for those walking, wheeling, cycling and horse riding.
2. Dutch ReachThe Highway Code will now advise people to use the Dutch Reach method when getting out of a vehicle or when opening a vehicle door from within.In practice, the Dutch Reach is simply the act of opening a vehicle door by using the arm which is closest to the centre of the vehicle when seated.This action causes the person inside the car to look over their shoulder and out of the window to check for other nearby road users.
3. Safety at JunctionsWhen people are crossing or waiting to cross at a junction, people driving, riding a motorcycle or cycling should give way. The previous version said pedestrians had priority only “if they have started to cross”. Crossing the road can be daunting, especially for older people or those with small children.If people have started crossing and traffic wants to turn into the road, the people crossing have priority and the traffic should give way. People driving and riding motorcycles are to give way at junctions to people on cycles or horsesThe Highway Code will now state that at a junction, people in vehicles who want to turn should not cut across people who are travelling straight ahead on cycles or horses.This applies whether there is a cycle lane in place or if a person is travelling on the road. Drivers about to turn into a junction or side road should also now give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross.
5. Safer passing distances for overtaking people cycling and horse riding People driving are now instructed to leave a distance of at least 1.5 metres when overtaking people who are cycling or horse riding.And at least two metres are required when overtaking people who are walking on roads without pavements.
Myths and Facts of the Highway Code changesA few myths surround these changes, promulgated by media stories such as “cyclists will be in the middle of the road” and “only drivers are asked to be considerate”. 
Help crack the myths and get wise to the facts here: Common Myths about what the UK Highway changes will mean  and here on Sustrans website: New changes to the Highway code
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🌷Execargo launch, Active Travel Day & other news …. April 2022 🌷

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