Together we are making a difference as the Exeter Cycling Campaign
It's been nine months since about 20 people met in the Rusty Bike to explore launching the Exeter Cycling Campaign. By pulling together we have achieved much in these first few months. There are now several hundred of us now supporting the Campaign, with many getting actively involved. Here's a flavour of what, together, we've achieved so far...
E4 Route design
Campaign members have met several times with Devon County Council's contracted highway engineers, Jacobs, to encourage them and suggest how the E4 route can be designed to best international standards. The latest input to Jacobs offered specific suggestions for the tricky Union Road and Stoke Hill roundabout.
In the media
Engaging with the media has been a new experience for most of us but we've made a good start with interviews on BBC Spotlight, Radio Devon and several good articles on the Express and Echo. Our aim has been to move the discussion away from negative perceptions of cyclists and focus on the way that cycling provides an answer to many of the challenges that the city faces.
It was good to build friendship at our Monday Meet Ups in the summer. These were chilled evenings where we shared our passion for making Exeter a better city.
Engaging our leaders
We want to see see triple A (AAA) cycling infrastructure in Exeter: suitable for all ages and abilities. We've therefore been engaging our city and county leaders to change the debate about enabling cycling in the city. In the May'16 city council elections Campaign members wrote or visited 127 of the prospective Councillors, urging them to sign up to the national #space4cycling principles.
One Councillor told us that we'd completely changed his view of the city.
Chocolate brownies and great conversation underpinned a successful workshop on planning applications. Campaign supporters have now formed a team to respond to planning applications, ensuring cycling is properly considered. Have a peak at one of our most recent submissions here.
A recent comment from a Council Officer was that the Campaign's submissions are "proving invaluable".
Would you like to join the team? Let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Exeter Cycling Charter
The Charter was launched in October. It allows businesses, schools, clubs and shops of Exeter to express support for cycling. To date 145 organisations have pledged support, ranging from small shops to the city's largest employers.
Charter - How you can help
We're going to build on this great start and the Charter will continue to be the Campaign's focus in the New Year leading up to the May'17 County elections.
Are there organisations that you can approach to sign the Charter?
Have a look at the resource pack here with guidance and sample letters that you can use:
Stop Press - Cycle Parking in the city
The Campaign offered comments to Exeter City Council on the plans for the new bus station and leisure centre. Partly in response, the Council are doing a review of city cycle parking provision and have asked the Campaign to participate.
There's a quick turnaround on this (by 14th January) but let us hear your proposals please for where cycle parking is insufficient or non-existent.
Drop us a note at email@example.com with specific proposals (e.g. "there is room for 4 more Sheffield bike stands on Bedford street outside Barclays") and we will ensure these are fed to the Council.