Dartmouth is the oldest and largest town on the Southcoast and remains a right to farm community. It blends rural charm with modern world conveniences, and provides a wide variety of activities for all interests and ages.
The Dartmouth Pathways Committee works to define the South Coast Bikeway route through Dartmouth. Progress includes:
- Implemented the first phase of the bikeway along Old Westport Road from the Westport Town Line to Lucy Little Road. Bike lanes were officially striped along this section in October of 2012.
- Bicycle lane striping along Chase RD.
- Bicycle lanes along Faunce Corner RD from Route 6 and continuing north of I-195.
- Bicycle lanes on Dartmouth and Rogers Streets.
- Sharrows on the Padanaram Bridge.
Bikeway successes in town
- The town has an approved Complete Streets Policy and Prioritization Plan through the Massachusetts Complete Streets Program. View Dartmouth’s Complete Streets policies, plan and projects on the Complete Streets map.
The protection of multiple land parcels north of Route 195 has created the potential for a rural car-free greenway referred to as the Scenic Greenway. A 3.8 mile section of this trail running through Dartmouth would connect the Acushnet Cedar Swamp In New Bedford to Westport, Fall River and beyond.
- Tucker Road Relocation Project, currently slated for construction funding in 2024 proposes adding an 8-foot separate use path on the north side of Route 6 within the project limits.
- Mass DOT and SRPEDD are both studying the Route 6 corridor in order to improve bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
Dartmouth, along with Westport and New Bedford, has engaged SRPEDD to conduct the Closing the Gap Feasibility Study. This study will identify existing conditions and will identify routing options to connect Fall River to New Bedford through Westport and Dartmouth.