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13/05/2022

Investment to Encourage Cycle Use and Help Wales Meet Net Zero

Getting people out of cars and on to bikes is the aim of a £50 million investment announced by Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters.

Speaking on a visit to Cardiff-based cycling charity Pedal Power, the Deputy Minister said the money would fund cycling routes and new facilities right across Wales.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said, This is a substantial investment and part of our commitment to making cycling easier so people cut the amount of journeys they take by car and travel in a way that is better for our planet.

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27/04/2022

Climate Ambassadors Focus on Active Travel

Community climate ambassadors met with representatives from Torfaen Council recently to discuss plans to increase active travel in the borough.

Road Safety Strategy Officer Pat Bates outlined what the council has done to improve active travel routes since the introduction of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Act and outlined what the authority plans to do over the next few years.

During the presentation, Pat Bates said, “Since 2017 the council has created new walking and cycling routes, improved existing routes, and widened pavements on busy pedestrians routes to school.

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25/04/2022

National Rollout of the Travel to School Hands Up Survey

Active School Travel (AST) has multiple health, social and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Increasing AST will increase physical activity, improve air quality and have positive impacts on climate change.

Children who regularly walk to school can meet between 25-35% of their recommended amount of physical activity per school day. AST can also develop self-confidence; skills in assessing and managing risk, problem solving, social skills and can improve educational attainment. At a community and population level, increased AST can reduce motorised traffic volumes through modal shift, thereby decreasing pollution levels and reducing road danger.

Public Health Wales will be shortly rolling out the national Travel to School Hands Up Survey to all maintained primary schools in Wales. This validated survey will measure children’s self-reported mode of travel to school and will provide a clear picture and understanding of active school travel levels (e.g., walking, cycling, scooting) in Wales.

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11/03/2022

Cardiff school children welcome Wales’ largest 20mph pilot

Safer streets save lives and improves our quality of life was the message from the Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters today as he welcomed the rollout of Wales’s largest 20mph pilot in Cardiff North.

Cardiff North is one of eight pilots that is being rolled out in communities across Wales to help test the process of reducing Wales’ national default speed limit on residential roads and busy pedestrian streets from 30mph to 20mph by 2023.

The pilots are part of wider consultation work that the Welsh Government is undertaking to understand public feedback on the change. Online focus groups with residents from communities involved in the first phase, independently commissioned research, and a public consultation, results out today, are all being considered ahead of a full rollout next year.

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24/02/2022

Work begins on the Treowen active travel route in Newtown

Work has begun on the first phase of an active travel route in Treowen, Newtown.

Identified following previous consultations on the county's Active Travel Network Maps, the route will improve walking and cycling facilities on the North side of Heol Treowen from Treowen Primary School towards Dolfor Road.

The pavement will be widened to become a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians. This will also improve the surface of the existing path and increase safety for all users, particularly for families and pupils going to and from school. Funded by the Welsh Government, this is the first phase of a larger scheme that aims to link up to other active travel routes in the town.

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08/02/2022

Free bus travel across Newport during March

Bus passengers travelling across Newport during March will receive free travel thanks to a new pilot scheme being funded by the Welsh Government.

The scheme, which is being trialled to encourage people to make more sustainable and greener travel choices, will be available all day, every day throughout March, on bus services across Newport’s local authority.

The scheme has been facilitated by the Burns Delivery Board, set up to deliver the 58 recommendations of the Burns Commission which focused on providing people living and working in south east Wales with alternatives to private car use.

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16/11/2021

A Bright Future For Cycling in Merthyr Tydfil

Thanks to funding from the Welsh Government, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has launched a new scheme through the purchase of balance and learn to ride bikes.

During the first week of operation the initiative has been extremely well received by participating schools and great achievements have been made. Some pupils became confident enough in their new skills to ride without stabilisers for the very first time.

Well done to all involved!

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15/10/2021

Launch of the Active Travel to School Toolkit

A new Active Travel to School Toolkit, the culmination of a long process of discussion and engagement involving over 100 organisations and individuals - adults and children - from across Wales has been launched.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Chair of the cross-party group in the Senedd launching the toolkit said, “It sets out all the reasons why we need to change and suggests ways of making walking and cycling to school easier and more attractive.

“The solutions range from ambitious new paths to something as simple as making sure children have somewhere to store wet weather gear.

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07/10/2021

Residents Asked for Comments on Roundabout Improvements

As part of its Welsh Government-funded Active Travel programme, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is planning improvements at Tesco roundabout to make crossing the road safer for pedestrians.

The scheme will see the creation of dropped ‘tactile’ crossings on each arm of the junction (see plan), along with central islands to allow people to cross in two phases.

There will also be a link provided from Alma Street, as the Council recognises this as a popular route for residents. 

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22/09/2021

Have Your Say on 20mph Proposals

The consultation on the Welsh Government’s proposal to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on residential streets and roads regularly used for active travel, closes on the 1st October.

Reducing the speed limit could:

  •   reduce the number and severity of road collisions
  •   increase opportunities to walk and cycle in our communities
  •   help improve health and wellbeing for all
  •   make our streets safer and help safeguard the environment for future generations.

Your opinions will guide Welsh Government’s policies prior to roll out. The proposals are also being trialled in 8 communities across Wales.

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