Walking and Cycling - Your First Choice for Local Journeys
The Commonplace website is where you can find out about the active travel consultations underway across Wales.
Local Authorities are using the online consultation platform as they shape plans to improve towns and villages with the aim of making them better places to live, work and visit. By upgrading and creating new walking and cycling routes active travel can increasingly become the normal way to get around for local journeys. This cuts down unnecessary traffic and helps families get about safely, improves air quality and increases the attractiveness of places where we spend time for our daily journeys.
Everyone can have their say – if you are already someone who regularly gets about on foot or by bike, you’ll know where things are good but also where improvements are needed, but the project especially needs to hear from people who are yet to discover the joys of active travel. What changes and improvements might help you swap to walking or cycling, when using the car isn't really necessary? Maybe you know where a new cycle route is needed, or perhaps it’s a lack of safe crossing points, no dropped kerbs, or cars parked on the pavement that are the problem.
About the project
The Commonplace website is part of a nation-wide initiative in Wales. Every three years Welsh local authorities involve local people when they update their active travel network plans. Wales is unique in having legislation which requires councils to do this - The Active Travel (Wales) Act - sets out a clear ambition to put walking and cycling centre-stage for local journeys. Crucial to getting this right is for local people to be involved in the conversation about where facilities are needed, so that more people feel they can choose walking and cycling instead of the car for short local journeys.
Please have your say by clicking on an area you know well to tell the council where you think walking and cycling routes could be improved. Please leave as many comments as you like as every idea you have will help inform the council’s plans for making improvements.
The project focuses on specific towns within each local authority area, shaded on the maps you’ll find on each of the Commonplace webpages. These are the settlements defined by the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 as being the main priority for action. They are the locations where there is highest potential for more people to choose to walk or cycle because it’s where facilities that people travel short distances to regularly are - schools, leisure centres, employment sites, local shopping districts and transport interchanges.
Have your say and also spread the word
Please select which Council area you would like to comment on. Each consultation is being managed by the local authority themselves, so if you would like to comment across a different council boundary you’ll need to select the different map. Leave your email address if the council where you’d like to comment hasn’t launched their consultation yet and you’ll be contacted when it goes live.