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30/06/2022

Merthyr Tydfil CBC Consulting on Road Safety Plans for Schools

The Council is consulting residents about plans to make changes on the highway at two primary schools, due to road safety concerns.

Residents of Caedraw Road outside St Mary’s Catholic and Caedraw Primary schools have received letters asking them to take part in a survey, on proposals to create a better highway environment.

Concerns have been raised about road safety at the location due to the number of cars parking on pavements on a road that has 'access only' restrictions.

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16/06/2022

More Funding for Walking and Cycling in Swansea

Walking and cycling routes in Swansea are set to be expanded after Swansea Council secured millions in Welsh Government funding.

 The Council has received confirmation from the WG of more than £8 million of transport funding which will be invested in the city's growing walking and cycle network.

Part of the funding will also be used to improve main routes in the city for public transport, in a bid to improve bus services and speed up journeys for passengers.

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06/06/2022

Bridgend County Borough Council awarded Active Travel Fund grant of just over £5 million

Bridgend County Borough Council is delighted to have secured a grant worth just over £5 million as part of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Fund.

The funding will benefit residents by creating safe and accessible cycling and walking routes which will encourage people to not be so reliant on cars.

This will also play a key part in helping Bridgend County Borough Council achieve its target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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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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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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