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Project History

Walking and cycling have been identified as the solution to Bodmin’s growth challenges. Studies undertaken by Department for Transport have shown that for every £1 spent on cycling, the local economy can expect to see a return in the region of £4.

The delivery of a fully comprehensive joined up walking and cycling network, capitalising on the existing surrounding attractions, was key to uniting Bodmin and supporting the high growth agenda.

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The scheme also aimed to manage current air quality issues, support education expansion, stimulate economic growth and provide a national model for creating the conditions for modal shift in a rural environment. 

Bodmin town is situated at one end of one of the most highly used cycle routes in the country (the Camel Trail) and is also within close cycle distance of two recently upgraded cycle ‘hubs’ at Cardinham Woods and Lanhydrock House (National Trust).

Despite its location, Bodmin reaps little economic benefit due to the lack of connectivity between these significant cycle attractions and a poor quality, fragmented, town centre network.  

The infrastructure network required to support the growth and manage the existing Air Quality Management Area in the town centre had been the source of recent significant contention amongst the town, particularly regarding new road infrastructure.

The single, unifying proposal across the town’s residents and businesses had been to develop a fully integrated cycle network that will support growth, improve economic productivity, manage air quality and put Bodmin firmly on the map as being a cycling destination.