Cycle South Dartmoor has been set up to…
- promote and work towards the improvement of cycling in the local South Dartmoor area covered loosely by the parishes of South Brent, Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh and Ashburton, and surrounding area.
- support, promote and help educate local people to encourage increased use of bikes, both manual and electric assisted, as a means of sustainable transport and for improving health and enjoyment of leisure time.
- promote and develop the area as a centre of excellence for cycling and cyclists, and encourage tourism and sports use to attract visitors and to grow the local economy.
The Cycle South Dartmoor project is working to:
- develop safe, well-signed and mapped rural cycling and walking routes and infrastructure, paths and cycle hubs, in and around South Dartmoor,
- link to and further extend existing cycling and walking infrastructure, and
- encourage and promote cycling and walking as realistic and practical travel options for everyone regardless of age or ability.
The immediate objectives are to:
- link together three South Dartmoor gateway towns – Ashburton, Buckfastleigh and South Brent – with each other, and
- facilitate affordable and sustainable transport access to a key economic local market, one of Devon’s strategic growth areas – Newton Abbot (and on to Exeter) so as to support the economic development of these three peripheral Dartmoor towns.
Ideally cycling and walking infrastructure should be further extended to include connecting Ashburton/Buckfastleigh/South Brent to Ivybridge and with Totnes, another of Devon’s strategic economic development and growth areas. This would develop a truly beneficial local sustainable travel network on a scale that offers a realistic alternative to travel by fossil fuel powered vehicles.