Cycling in Somerset

Cycling is a fun, healthy activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, fitness and body type. There are many reasons to take up cycling. These include saving money, getting fitter and healthier, saving time and reducing your carbon footprint. Cycling also reduces congestion and pollution. 

Somerset is a great county in which to travel by Cycling. With varied and dramatic landscapes it offers something for everyone. As well as the road network, there are a number of other routes that can be used by cyclists, including dedicated cycle routes, bridleways and canal paths.


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Active Travel

In Somerset, we have ambitious aspirations for active travel improvements. Our vision is to see healthy and active communities, with a good-quality cycling and walking experience for all users. We want Somerset to be a County where everyone feels welcome and comfortable, whichever mode of transport they use. We understand the positive links between active travel, our physical and mental health, the environment, air quality and climate change.

However, in recent times we haven’t had the funding available to allow us to deliver our aspiration and active travel hasn’t had the priority it deserves. With central government’s current new emphasis on sustainable and active travel we are now taking this opportunity to bid for funds and invest in active travel across Somerset. In order to get this investment right it’s important we continue developing relationships with our stakeholders and communities and deliver and promote active travel together.


What Somerset are doing

Local Walking and Cycling Infrastructure Plans

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) are focused 10-year plans for developing a cycling and walking network within a local area. We have currently developed three LCWIPs: one each for Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil and further LCWIPs are being planned. You can find more information on our Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIPs) page.

Somerset Active Travel

Somerset is a great place to live, work and visit. We aim to make it easier for people to travel more sustainably in Somerset.

Have your say on on active travel projects in Somerset, visit Somerset Active Travel website.