Exeter's extensive network of cycle-friendly routes has been extended with a new section of track to Exeter Airport.
The road linking the airport to the main A30 dual carriageway is hardly wide enough for two trucks to pass and has no footpath. The new route runs from the roundabout off the A30 into the airport's long-stay car park and should prove much safer for pedestrians as well as cyclists.
As many as 200 staff already cycle to work at the airport occasionally. The airport safety manager is one of those who cycle in every day. He says the new track will encourage colleagues to join him on two wheels.
Some staff say cycling is their quickest way to work.
The locally based airline Flybe is happy to take bikes on many of its flights. Taking holiday luggage on a bike may not be practical but many passengers travel with cabin baggage only. Cycling to the airport could be a way for them to leave the car at home and avoid long term parking charges.
Exeter has been building its reputation as a cycle friendly city. It has a £5 Million cycle and pedestrian bridge across the M5 to link with the new development at Cranbrook and many dedicated cycle lanes. The Exe Estuary Way now allows cyclists to get from Dawlish to Exmouth away from other traffic.
Cambridge won the accolade as Britain's best city for bikes but it's against stiff competition in the south west.
Cyclists are also keen to point out that taking the bike to work is a great way to keep fit. It saves the expense of fares or fuel for the car and the cost of a subscription to the gymn.