Welsh Minister to call for public to get involved in shaping their communities

(L to R) Paul Tuohy (CEO, Cycling UK), Rebecca Evans AM, Gwenda Owen (Trustee)

Welsh Minister to call for public to get involved in shaping their communities

Rebecca Evans AM, the Welsh Government Minister with responsibility for Active Travel, will be using today's (Monday 8 August) launch of a new campaign by Wales’ leading walking and cycling organisations to urge people to have their say on how their communities could be better designed for getting around on foot and by bike.

Because of Wales’ world-leading Active Travel Act, local authorities will shortly be developing long-term plans for walking and cycling networks that will make it easier and safer for people to opt to walk or cycle rather than use the car. Cycling UK, Living Streets, Sustrans Cymru and Welsh Cycling have joined forces to make it easier for people to get involved in the process and have their say on where new or improved routes are needed and how communities can be designed to make them more people-friendly.

The organisations are launching a new webtool that will allow people to enter their details and automatically send an e-mail to their local authority asking to be involved in drawing up the new maps.  

Providing effective active travel infrastructure means much more than dedicated cycle lanes and footpaths. Properly designed, the networks will incorporate plans for more pedestrianised areas, streets where children can play near their own front doors, better access to urban green spaces and spaces structured to ensure that motor vehicles give way to people. This is why it is essential communities and individuals are involved in planning the networks at the earliest possible stage.

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, said:

“I am very proud of Wales’ Active Travel Act. It’s a ground-breaking piece of legislation which clearly shows the importance we place on improving people’s health and wellbeing through active travel.

“The creation of the Integrated Network Maps – plans for networks of new and improved routes – is a unique opportunity for the public to help shape how cycling and walking is delivered in the future.

“I am delighted that this new webtool makes it easier for people to get involved in the process and I would encourage everyone to take part to help shape the future of their communities.”

The campaign is being launched at 12.30pm on Monday 8 August in Cardiff Bay.  


Contact information 

Cycling UK Press Office
Email: publicity@cyclinguk.org
Telephone: 01483 238 315

Notes to editors 
  1. The launch will take place on the Cardiff Bay Barrage at the side of the shared use path just before the Cardiff Sailing Centre building, when approaching from the Senedd. In the event of bad weather a further e-mail will be sent to the media and the event will take place on the steps of the Senedd. 
  2. Members of the media are invited to cover the event, please confirm your attendance by e-mailing chris.roberts@sustrans.org.uk. The Minister and representatives from the four organisations will be available for interview.
  3. The Active Travel Act (Wales) 2013 was one of the first pieces of legislation passed by the Assembly under its new powers. It aims to “make walking and cycling the most natural and normal way of getting about.”
  4. The new webtool will go live on Monday 8 August. It can be accessed here: www.cyclinguk.org/activetravelwales

About the organisations:

  • Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. For more information on our activity in Wales head to: www.cyclinguk.org/wales. For media enquiries about Cycling UK contact: Sam Jones, Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, Cycling UK, e. sam.jones@cyclinguk.org t. 01483 238 315 / 07786 320 713.
  • Living Streets are the UK charity for everyday walking. We want to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness and social isolation and making walking the natural choice. We believe that a walking nation means progress for everyone. Our ambition is to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings and to ensure all our streets are fit for walking. Contact: Rachel Maycock, Wales Manager, Living Streets: Rachel.Maycock@livingstreets.org.uk, 07714 616 598.
  • Sustrans Cymru: Sustrans is the charity that’s enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. It’s time we all began making smarter travel choices. Make your move and support Sustrans today. www.sustrans.org.uk. For media enquiries about Sustrans Cymru please contact Natasha Withey on 02920 650602 or Natasha.withey@sustrans.org.uk.
  • Welsh Cycling is the national governing body for cycling in Wales. Based in Newport at the Wales National Velodrome, it provides guidance and regulation for all six cycle sport disciplines in Wales: Road, Track, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, BMX and Cycle Speedway. It encourages participation in cycling at every level, from getting on a bike for fun, to supporting home-grown talent to compete at the highest level of competition at a Commonwealth Games. It encourages riders getting on a bike for the first time, to enabling individuals to realise their potential for opportunities with the Great Britain Cycling Team. For more information visit www.welshcycling.co.uk. For media enquiries contact Rebecca Morgan-Ransom on 07808 609266 or Rebecca.ransom@welshcycling.co.uk.
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