Senedd Cymru Election: Our vision of a cycling nation

Thank you to everyone who supported our election campaign and helped move cycling up the agenda.

Cycling UK Cymru’s vision is for a Wales where more everyday journeys involve active travel, our countryside is more accessible, the air is cleaner, and our health and wellbeing are prioritised.

On 6 May Wales went to the polls to elect a new government.

With your support, we sent a clear message to parties and candidates that cycling should be for everyone – from a child learning to ride using a balance bike to an older person visiting friends on an e-bike; from a daily commuter to a disabled person using a hand cycle as a mobility aid.

With the results now in, find out what the Senedd 2021 election means for cycling in Wales.

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Our Manifesto for Cycling

Our Manifesto for Cycling asks the next Government to:

  • Invest more money in cycling infrastructure and behaviour change
  • Deliver high quality cycle lanes and liveable neighbourhoods
  • Ensure communities are connected with each other and the countryside.

With the election over, we'll continue to take this message to the newly elected Welsh Government over the coming years. You can help, by joining Cycling UK today.

Support for cycling is needed more than ever

The climate emergency and post-Covid recovery are huge challenges the next Welsh Government must grapple with, and with transport accounting for 15% of our climate changing emissions, active travel provision must be part of the solution.

Infrastructure, countryside access and behaviour change

Now is the time to move up the gears and build cycling infrastructure, improve access to the countryside, and invest in behaviour change programmes, so that more people can cycle and experience its benefits.

For everyone's wellbeing, now and in the future

Together, we can create a healthier, happier, more attractive, and low-carbon Wales for our wellbeing now, and that of future generations.

Invest and deliver across Wales

Our Manifesto for Cycling asked candidates to commit to a package of measure around investment and delivering the aspirations of the Active Travel (Wales) Act across Wales and to ensure that cycling is a viable option in both rural and urban communities.

Reducing car dependency

That includes integrating active travel with public transport, making cycling a part of everyday journeys and days out whilst reducing car dependency.

To start transforming Wales into a cycling nation for everyone, the new Welsh Government has to support councils with funding and training to ensure that they are equipped and incentivised to deliver active travel networks.

Substantial funding for cycling and walking

That’s why our first manifesto ask was for candidates to support at least 10% of the transport budget being invested in active travel, and to make active travel a priority in all transport plans and decisions.

Active Travel Hustings

Candidates for the Welsh Senedd elections on 6 May demonstrated a cross-party commitment to active travel in Wales at our online hustings event.

The event, organised by Cycling UK and Living Streets, was chaired by BBC journalist Mark Hutchings, allowed campaigners and members of the public to ask the candidates about their plans to promote and facilitate cycling and walking if elected.

The candidates taking part were:

  • Helen Mary Jones MS, Plaid Cymru, Llanelli
  • Mia Rees, Conservatives, Cynon Valley
  • Lee Waters MS, Labour Party, Llanelli
  • David Wilkins, Liberal Democrats, Clwyd West
  • Anthony Slaughter, Green Party, South Wales Central, was unfortunately unable to attend

You can watch the event again at any time.