Exeter is building a good reputation for cycling, which is increasingly seen as an attractive leisure activity and a viable alternative to car travel. In comparison to national figures (2%), the 2011 census data showed Exeter as having almost double the average proportion of people walking and cycling to work (6%).

The County Council’s Cycling and Multi-Use Trail Network Strategy outlined targets to increase the percentage of journeys to work by bike to 12% by the next census in 2021. High-quality routes which provide links between growing residential areas and new and existing employment sites will help to meet this target and allow better access to the city centre for employment, retail, improved access to education, and encourage more leisure trips.

In line with the priorities outlined in the Council’s Cycling and Multi-Use Trail Network Strategy, a network of proposed cycle routes was put forward in 2015. For the Exeter strategic cycle routes, it was agreed that the cycle routes E3 and E4 and E9 were seen as key primary cycle routes as they connect areas of growth and development east of the city with schools, hospital, local centres, University and the city centre.

The first of the Exeter strategic routes to be put forward for construction is route E4 which links the Redhayes Bridge to the University and the city centre.

The following document displays the Exeter Strategic Cycle Routes.