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.
With three years passed since its publication, Welsh Government has now instructed councils to update their Integrated Network Maps – informed by extensive public engagement. The focus will be on developing Active Travel infrastructure as a practical and convenient alternative to travelling by car, for everyday journeys such as travelling to work, college or shopping.
The Cabinet has agreed for the Council to hold a 12-week consultation process, through a questionnaire, contact with key stakeholders, public engagement and awareness-raising content.
Other key tasks will include amending the existing map to include new routes, correcting errors and omissions, and undertaking an audit exercise.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Cabinet Member with responsibility for Highways and Transportation, said, “The Council is fully-committed to improving its Active Travel provision in communities across the County Borough. We aim to encourage more people to walk and cycle – not just for leisure purposes but also as part of their daily routines – to maximise the widespread benefits, which include health and well-being, fewer vehicles on the road and helping protect the environment.
“I would urge members of the public to take part in the upcoming consultation, and the Council will publicise details on the various ways that local residents can participate, along with key dates, in due course. As with consultation exercises right across the Council, the process is likely to be digitally-led due to current social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions – however, important provision for those with no or limited access to the internet will be provided.”