Work on the latest section of a new cross-city walking and cycling route in Exeter has been finished in Pinhoe.
The stretch of the E4 link, from Pinhoe Road to Exhibition Way, is now open and connects it to the first phase of the project running from Cumberland Way, onto Redhayes Bridge, over the M5 and on to the east of Exeter.
It includes shared paths along Pinhoe Road and priority crossings, while a two-way cycle route – with a ‘buffer’ zone segregating riders from the road – has also been developed along part of Exhibition Way.
The cycle and pedestrian crossing across Pinhoe Road has also been improved.
This latest section will eventually link to the pedestrian and cycle bridge across Summer Lane, with work expected to be finished later this year.
Once in place, it will establish two miles of the multi-use E4 route between Redhayes Bridge and Beacon Lane.
When finished, the E4 route will provide a 5km route connecting Redhayes Bridge in Monkerton to the University of Exeter’s Streatham Campus in the city centre.
The final section from Bettysmead Playing Fields to the university is still in the design phase.
Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council cabinet member for highway management, said: “This is one of the flagship routes on our strategic walking and cycling network, so it’s good news to see excellent progress being made with the completion of this latest section.
“The county council is taking a proactive approach to encourage more people to take up cycling and walking and this safe and convenient route helps make that possible.
“We’re continuing the momentum through the development of other sections of the route and we should see it seamlessly join with the next phase later in the year.”
Cllr Hilary Ackland, who represents Pinhoe and Mincinglake, added: “Exeter is fast becoming one of the best cities in England for walking and cycling and the E4 route is a central part of this environmentally-friendly initiative.
“People have the opportunity now with these cycle routes to give up their cars for short journeys and I hope it will encourage parents to cycle with their children to school.”
Among the first people to use the new route was Exeter commuter Abi Clark who said: “This will make a huge difference.
“I can get pretty much the whole way from home to work traffic-free now, which will make me much more inclined to cycle. It definitely makes it a much more appealing option than it was previously.”
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