Touchless Technology to be Trialled at Six Pedestrian Crossings

Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council will begin to install touchless technology at six busy pedestrian crossings, in a trial funded by the Welsh Government as part of its support for sustainable transport measures in response to COVID-19.

The new setup will allow pedestrians to activate each of the signal controlled crossings by moving their hand under a sensor, instead of pushing a button. This detection technology is more reliable and efficient than the current button activation, and will help reduce the spread of coronavirus during the pandemic.

The technology will be trialled over four weeks, with installations beginning in the week commencing Monday, January 25. Stickers and signage will be placed at each crossing to inform pedestrians. These will be in place before the technology comes into use. If no issues arise during the trial, the technology could be implemented at all signal-controlled crossings in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

The following six locations will be used for the initial trial exercise:

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Welsh Government Grant to Boost Cycling in Swansea

A Swansea street is being saved from losing its tree-lined character thanks to a multi-million pound investment to boost cycling in the city.

Swansea Council received more than £5.1 million in the summer last year to develop new Active Travel cycle routes in the city.

In total, nine kilometres of new cycle track are proposed across the city. One of the routes is along Mayals Road - a tree lined street and a main route between the seafront and the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Have Your Say On Active Travel In Rhondda Cynon Taf

Residents can now have their say on the current walking and cycling routes in Rhondda Cynon Taf, as well as their aspirations for future improvements, by taking part in the Council’s latest Active Travel consultation.

In October 2020, Cabinet agreed for the Council to undertake a further extensive public engagement exercise into its future Active Travel plans – as Members acknowledged the economic, health and environmental benefits of residents walking and cycling more often, as part of their daily routines.

The consultation will help the Council update its Integrated Network Map, which sets out the aspirations for investment in Active Travel over the next 15 years – for submission to Welsh Government during December 2021.

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Active Travel Improvements For Newtown

Works to extend the shared path on Llanidloes Road in Newtown to the college and theatre are due to begin shortly.

Funded by the Welsh Government, the improvements will complete the main Active Travel routes within the town, previously identified in consultations with residents, businesses and local communities. These Active Travel routes in Newtown will provide a safer network of routes for all users.

As part of the planned improvements, the path under Nantoer Bridge will be widened, significantly reducing the safely risk for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly young people travelling to and from the college.

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Active Travel (Walking and Cycling): April 2019 to March 2020

Information collected through the National Survey for Wales about active travel by people during April 2019 to March 2020 has been published by the Welsh Government.

Active travel is measured as walking for at least 10 minutes or cycling as a means of transport to get to a particular destination. It doesn’t include walking or cycling done for pleasure, health reasons or training.

The active travel questions in the most recent National Survey for Wales were asked of adults aged 16+ and over.

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St Albans Bridge, Blaenrhondda Reopens

The new St Albans Bridge in Blaenrhondda reopened to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians on Friday afternoon, following good progress made on its replacement scheme throughout the autumn months.

The bridge reopened on the 11 December, after a road safety audit was completed. The final stages of the scheme have seen the installation of street lighting, drainage and paving to the bridge deck – before the final resurfacing and white lining to the road was completed.

St Albans Bridge was built over the River Rhondda and railway line in the 1930s. In 2016, the Council’s Cabinet agreed to support its replacement and £1.78m funding was allocated towards the scheme in 2017/18 through #RCTinvest – with further funding allocated as the project progressed. The total cost of the scheme is £2.09m.

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Getting about Actively, Safely and Legally this Christmas

This year, some Christmas lists may include an e-scooter, which have become an increasingly common sight as people look for an alternative to public transport or a way to cut down on car use.

Road Safety Wales would like to inform anyone considering purchasing an e-scooter, that it is illegal to use a privately owned e-scooter on public roads, pavements or cycle paths.  Please don't risk being issued with a £300 fine, 6 penalty points on your driving licence or having your new Christmas gift seized.

Additionally, for a driver who has passed their driving test in the last two years it could mean a driving disqualification and the need to re-take both the theory and practical driving test.

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Gwent Healthy Travel Charter

More than 20 leading public sector organisations across Gwent have committed to the Healthy Travel Charter, a commitment which supports and encourages sustainable travel.

The charter identifies 15 ambitious commitments to promote walking, cycling, agile working and the use of public transport and ultra-low emission vehicles.

The public sector in Gwent employs almost one in three working adults. By working together, public sector organisations across Gwent aim to increase sustainable journeys made to and from workplaces, reducing the impact on the environment and improving health in Gwent for current and future generations.

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Safer Routes In The Community Consultation, Shotton, Flintshire

Flintshire County Council is seeking views on a number of Welsh Government funded highway schemes in Shotton.

In recent years, Flintshire County Council has received a number of concerns from residents and local members regarding both increasing levels of congestion and speed of traffic in the vicinity of both Ysgol Ty Fynnon and Ysgol Croes Atti. Particular concern was raised in relation to motorists ignoring the advisory speed limit of 20 mph in the immediate vicinity of the schools with many residents concerned for the safety of the children who use this route on a daily basis.

Many of the problems identified along the routes related to high levels of vehicle usage and associated congestion both in the immediate area of the schools and along a number of access routes to the school.

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Active Travel Review and Public Consultation Agreed by RCTCBC Cabinet

An extensive public engagement exercise into Rhondda Cynon Taf’s future Active Travel plans has been agreed, as part of a review into the Council’s Integrated Network Map for submission to Welsh Government by the end of December 2021.

Cabinet members have considered the economic, health and environmental benefits of Active Travel, adding that increased investment is being made available to fund new provision and improve existing community walking/cycling routes.

The Council submitted its first Integrated Network Map to Welsh Government in November 2017, setting out local Active Travel aspirations for the next 15 years. It was developed through consultation with residents, businesses, community groups and organisations.

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