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The Swale Trail Family-friendly cycle route

B9 – Cycling

How are we doing on this objective

Promote and encourage responsible cycling by supporting world class events that showcase the National Park, enabling the development of four ‘cycle hubs’, and creating at least one further family-friendly cycling route by 2023.

Progress: 2 ‘cycle hubs’ have been developed – at Reeth and Settle. UCI World Championship events and a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire were held in the National Park in 2019. YDNPA and Richmondshire District Council commissioned a feasibility study for a new family-friendly cycle route in Wensleydale.

Rationale: The 2014 Tour de France dramatically raised the profile of cycling as a way of enjoying the National Park.  The Tour de Yorkshire and 2019 Cycling World Championships will continue to showcase the area. Facilitating the development of cycle hubs – places with cycle hire, good routes and supporting businesses – should be encouraged, along with more family-friendly and off-road routes for the benefit of visitors and residents

Lead partners:  North Yorkshire County Council; Cumbria County Council

Supporting partners:  Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority; Craven District Council; Eden District Council; Richmondshire District Council; South Lakeland District Council; Welcome to Yorkshire

Further information:  Cycle the Dales;

Cost over 5 years: £700,000

Funding shortfall:  £600,000

Related objectives: B2; B8, E2; E3

Ecosystem services:  Recreation

Trade-offs:   Cycling events and heavily-used routes have the potential to have impacts on tranquility (A2); priority habitats (C1) and species (C2). Management and mitigation of these are guided by principles set out in the Special Qualities, Special Experience.

Baseline: No cycle hubs; 3 ‘family-friendly’ cycle routes