The Propensity to Cycle Tool (PCT) was designed to assist transport planners and policy makers to prioritise investments and interventions to promote cycling. The PCT answers the question: 'where is cycling currently common and where does cycling have the greatest potential to grow?'. The PCT can be used at different scales.

First, the PCT is a strategic planning tool. Different visions of the future are represented through various scenarios of change, including the Department for Transport’s draft Cycling Delivery Plan target to double cycling in a decade and the more ambitious ‘Go Dutch’ scenario, whereby cycling levels equivalent to the Netherlands are reached in England and Wales (allowing for English and Welsh hilliness and trip distances). By showing what the rate of cycling could feasibly look like in different parts of cities and regions, and illustrating the associated increase in cycle use on the road network, the PCT should inform policies that seek a wider shift towards sustainable transport.

Second, the PCT can also be used at a smaller scale. The scenario level of commuter cycling along a particular road can be used to estimate future mode share for cycling on that corridor. This can be compared with current allocation of space to different modes, and used to consider re -allocation from less sustainable modes to cater for cycling growth. In other cases, low current or potential flows may indicate a barrier, such as a major road or rail line, causing severance and lengthening trips. This could be addressed through new infrastructure such as a pedestrian and cycle bridge. 

Lovelace, R., Goodman, A., Aldred, R., Berkoff, N., Abbas, A., Woodcock, J., 2017.The Propensity to Cycle Tool: An open source online system for sustainable transport planning. Journal of Transport and Land Use. 10:1, 505–528, DOI: 10.5198/jtlu.2016.862.

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 strategic routes being developed in Exeter is the E4 route. Work started in 2017 on this 5km route which links the Redhayes Bridge to the University and the city centre.

The design of this route is ambitious and provides a step change in the quality of walking and cycling infrastructure across the city. The route will segregate pedestrians, cyclists and vehicular traffic where possible. 

Marsh Barton railway station is a station under construction in the Marsh Barton area of Exeter, Devon. The station will be located on the Riviera Line between Exeter St Thomas and Starcross stations. Marsh Barton is identified as a strategic employment area in local planning policy, and the new station will support employment development.

Plans for the station were developed by Network Rail and Devon County Council as part of the "Devon Metro" proposal.

Work was due to start on the station in early 2017, and Devon County Council hoped that it would be open in December 2017. Construction work actually began in April 2021, with the station now expected to be open for passengers by the end of 2022.

In an update in April 2020, officers of Devon County Council said that a decision had been made to prioritise this station over a possible reopening of Exminster railway station. Marsh Baton is expected to cost £16 million, with each platform measuring 407 feet (124 m) in order to accommodate 5-car trains.

The station will be located off Clapperbridge Lane East, adjacent to an energy from waste (EfW) plant.

The station will be located between Exeter St Thomas and Starcross railway stations, being served by Great Western only

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The Beacon Path is a project to create a cycle/active-travel route between South Tawton, South Zeal, Sticklepath, Belstone and Okehampton.

A group of villagers have got together to try and get a dedicated shared/cycle path from Sticklepath to Okehampton, about five kilometres away. We also want to link the path to the primary school in South Zeal.

We have a vision of safe, active travel for everyone across our area. Many more people would walk or cycle if it was safer to do so. Enabling children and young people to get to school and college other than by car or bus would enhance health and wellbeing. Reducing traffic congestion associated with schools would be beneficial also.

A shared path would provide a route onto Dartmoor for walkers and cyclists from Okehampton and train users too, so has potential for tourist businesses. 


Long Distance Walkers Association A link between the Tarka Trail and the Two Moors Way in North Devon. The route combines footpaths and minor lanes following the picturesque valley of the Little Dart River and the surrounding higher land. The walk is accessible by public transport at both ends. 

A three mile link to the quiet country market town of Chulmleigh can be taken from just beyond Eggesford 

GPS Routes Follow the valley of the Little Dart River on this lovely walk through Devon.

The walk starts at Eggesford Barton near the train station and heads towards Chawleigh and then Leigh Bridge where you join the river. The route continues to West and East Worlington before finishing at Witheridge. 

How far can you travel on One Bus From Exeter? In about an hour you can get to Honiton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey, Moretenhampstead, Chagford, Okehampton, North Tawton, Chulmleigh, Witheridge, Tiverton, or Willand. You won't need to find a parking space - and you won't have to return to your car. You can walk along the East Devon Way, or the South West Coast Path, or the Exe Valley Way and return by another bus. Find the quiet places. Avoid the traffic congestion of last year. Step more lightly on the Earth.

Back in the early 2000s, I walked the Tarka Trail and the North Devon part of the South West Coast Path in sections. I would get a bus to a town or village on the Tarka Trail, walk 5 to 10 miles and then return on another bus. One Bus from Exeter is a return to that idea. One Bus From Exeter was to going to start with step 4 out of national lockdown, however infection rates are still high. Use this site to plan your walks, look at the Covid19 data on the Devon Dashboard, listen to the science and exercise your personal responsibility. 

Explore the patchwork of RSPB and Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserves at the head of the Exe Estuary. Thousands of wading birds rest and feed on the mudflats at low tide. As the tide rises, the birds are pushed closer to the many viewing points on the network of footpaths and cycle-ways connects these havens of wildlife to the centre of Exeter. The RSPB hide at Bowling Green Marsh is a great place at high tide, hundreds of ducks and waders visit the site during autumn and winter.

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cyclepaths (rail trails) around north Devon, England that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name. It covers a total of 180 miles (290 km) in a figure-of-eight route, centred on Barnstaple.

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Visit Mid Devon The Devonshire Heartland Way is an inland route for walkers, which is approximately 45 miles in length. It mainly uses ancient footpaths and bridleways and, in some places, minor country roads. This walk can be made shorter and joined at any point along route. For the benefit of readability, we have broken the route down into three sections: Okehampton to North Tawton, North Tawton to Crediton, and Crediton to Stoke Canon. Waymarkers displaying the Spindle Berry Flower are found along the route.

Walkers can make the most of connections to the Tarka Trail long distance footpath at North Tawton, the Two Moors Way long distance footpath at Colebrooke, or the Tarka Railway Line at Yeoford, Newton St Cyres or Crediton.

Accommodation, attractions and eateries can be found at points all along the route including the simple and quite unique church of St Mary’s at Honeychurch, The Waie Inn, Down St Mary Vineyard, Shobrooke Park, The Duck at Yeoford and Crediton Parish Church as well as the many shops and eateries in the market towns of North Tawton and Crediton. 

The Tarka Trail is a series of footpaths and cyclepaths (rail trails) around north Devon, England that follow the route taken by the fictional Tarka the Otter in the book of that name. It covers a total of 180 miles (290 km) in a figure-of-eight route, centred on Barnstaple.

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The 31-mile (50 km) section between Braunton and Meeth is car-free, level and mostly tarmacked, and is shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with horseriding also permitted on part of it. There is a guidebook available for this section. 

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