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Living Streets: Building Active Neighbourhoods

A community-led initiative by the Exeter Cycling Campaign to identify ‘filter points’ in the city which inhibit rat-running and make the city permeable for people walking and cycling.


This resulted in the Exeter Cycling Campaign producing a report, ‘Living Streets‘, proposing over 70 locations in the city where rat-running should be inhibited, traffic reduced on residential areas and paths opened up for people walking and cycling.  The report demonstrated how a whole area (Heavitree, Newtown, Whipton) can have modal filter interventions put in place to inhibit rat-running.  This would result in fewer cars, a more safe and neighbourly area and make cycling or walking the more natural choice for everyday journeys.


These proposals have been presented to the Heavitree and Newtown community associations, to the Devon County Council Transport Team and to the Sport England pilot programme team.


“People will choose to cycle if it is safe to do so.  Inhibiting rat-running traffic through residential areas is a simple, effective and proven way of reducing motor vehicles and opening up neighbourhoods for people to walk and cycle. 


Exeter Cycling Campaign volunteers, with their intimate knowledge of the Exeter roads, have worked hard to identify locations where car-filters can be put in place to build Living Streets in Exeter.


The Exeter Cycling Campaign is calling on Devon County Council and Exeter City Council to plan and build a comprehensive, convenient and connected network of cycle paths for people of all ages and abilities to choose cycling as the safe, natural choice for everyday journeys.”


Key Outputs

A Living Streets report identifying car-filter locations.


Project Lead and Partners Involved

  • Led by Exeter Cycling Campaign volunteers.
  • Devon County Council have committed to reviewing these proposals.
  • Sport England pilot are exploring whether to implement some of these proposals.