Learner Transport Review Extended to Consider Free Travel Limits for Pupils

A Welsh Government review of learner transport has been extended to consider the distances when children aged 4-16 become eligible to receive free travel to school.

The review initially focused on Post 16 Learner Travel, but its scope has now been extended in light of the issues raised over past months.

As well as the 4-16 year old age group being included in the review, it will also consider the current mileage threshold.

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New Pop-up Cycleways Are Part of the City’s Recovery Plan

Cardiff, recently voted the UK's best cycling city, is installing new pop-up cycleways.

Installation is planned by the autumn to provide safer, mostly segregated routes to enable people to travel by bike on some of Cardiff's busiest roads.

The two routes, the ‘Cross City ‘and ‘Bay Loop' cycleways, are being brought forward as part of the Council's ongoing COVID-19 recovery plans and are in line with the cycling vision set out in the Council's Transport White Paper.

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Road Safety Wales Poster Competition: Judging

We are delighted to announced the winners of the recent Road Safety Wales Poster Competition! Young people aged up to 18 were invited to design a poster that will promote the safe use of active travel, the benefits of 20 mph speed limits on communities or to encourage safer driver behaviour across Wales.

Each poster was judged on originality, creativity, impact and the message being portrayed. The standard of entries was incredibly high and the judges found it very difficult to decide on just 5 winners. We can now reveal that the winners are:

  • Aathira Shasheer
  • Christian Davies
  • Eira Wolski
  • Jake Lloyd-Williams
  • Katie Jones

Winning entries will receive a cheque for £50 from Road Safety Wales. Thank you to everyone that entered and congratulations to our winners!

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Several Drug Driving Arrests Made by North Wales Police

A disqualified driver who tested positive for drugs and who was also wanted, was one of the many arrests made by the North Wales Roads Policing Unit recently.

Inspector Nicky Collins of the Roads Policing Unit said, “Driving whilst under the influence of drugs – whether prescribed medication or illegal substances is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Not only is it a criminal offence but it is also completely unacceptable which puts lives at risk.

“Drugs can affect your mind and body in a variety of ways that mean you aren't able to drive safely. Not only that, the effects can last for hours or even days. Driving while under the influence of drugs can lead to slower reaction times, poor concentration, confusion, fatigue, being over confident which means you take unnecessary risks and erratic behaviour.

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Consultation to Improve Cyclists, Pedestrians and Horse Rider Safety

The Department for Transport has opened a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to The Highway Code to improve safety for vulnerable road users, particularly the groups of:

  •     cyclists
  •     pedestrians
  •     horse riders

The main proposals are to introduce a hierarchy of road users, to clarify pedestrian and cyclist priority and to establish safer overtaking. This is to ensure that those road users who can do the greatest harm, have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.

  • It clarifys existing rules on pedestrian priority on pavements, to advise that drivers and riders should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross the road.
  • It provides guidance on cyclist priority at junctions, to advise drivers to give priority to cyclists at junctions when travelling straight ahead.
  • Guidance on safe passing distances and speeds when overtaking cyclists and horse riders is also included

The consultation, which can be accessed here, will remain open until midnight on 27th October 2020.

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Space for Cyclists

Specialist gilets are to be given to vulnerable cyclists in North Wales thanks to the latest road safety initiative by North Wales Police, the six local authorities and the Welsh Government’s Traffic Wales service.

The bright gilets will be distributed by officers from the Roads Policing Unit to cyclists who are spotted wearing dark clothing. The back of the gilets displays the 1.5 metre logo - the distance required when passing a cyclist at 30mph.

Sgt Trystan Bevan said, “Since the coronavirus lockdown, we have seen an increase in the number of people using our roads for cycling. Now more than ever, we urge motorists to give cyclists, and other vulnerable road users, especially children, plenty of space.

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Significant Increase in Weekend Bikers

Police in Wales are using live data to track the busiest areas across Wales as six times more bikers take to the roads over summer weekends.

Technology under trunk roads across Wales is feeding police with patterns of vehicle movements as they happen, allowing officers to be strategically placed at traffic hotspots.

Figures issued by Dyfed-Powys Police show that over the past two weekends, there have been six times more bikers on the roads compared with weekdays.

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New Two-way Road System in Swansea City Centre

Motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and businesses have started using a new two-way road system in Swansea city centre, which has opened as part of an ongoing Swansea Council regeneration project.

The £12m Kingsway Infrastructure Scheme has brought more cross-town traffic options, expanded areas for those on foot and bicycle and provided a greener, more people-friendly environment for all to enjoy.

The new-look Kingsway is designed to help attract people to existing businesses and to encourage new businesses into the city centre.

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Bikers Clocked at 127mph During Police Operation in Brecon

Fourteen people were caught speeding during a police operation near Brecon last Sunday, with two bikers recorded riding at a staggering 127mph.

Dyfed-Powys Police Roads Policing officers took part in the force’s Operation Darwen, which promotes rider and driver safety.

Officers targeted the A470 Brecon bypass following a number of complaints from residents about speeding, with shocking speeds recorded during the day.

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"A golden opportunity for change" says Deputy Minister Lee Waters

Lee Waters, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, is determined to grasp an opportunity for change and make sure people continue to ditch the car in favour of cycling or walking when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

  • Visible increases in number of people cycling and walking
  • £38 million to make Wales a safer place to cycle, scoot and walk
  • Biggest ever investment in local active travel improvements

Today, the Welsh Government has announced £38 million to make Wales a safer place to cycle, scoot and walk.

Together with the £15.4m announced last month, this is the largest ever investment in local active travel improvements in Wales, which will fund projects to make it safer for children and adults to get to school or work on foot, bike or scooter.

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