Active Travel – Looking ahead to another Assembly term…

Now that the dust has settled on the Assembly elections, a cabinet selected and portfolios revealed it is clear that things have changed since the last term. Most of the job titles for the top jobs have changed, but there are some interesting changes and a cause for optimism where active travel is concerned. Not just a transport issue… Under the previous government active travel sat solely within the transport minister’s remit. At the time this was Edwina Hart. However, Edwina had far bigger fish to fry, not least because the economy also sat within her portfolio and the challenges … Continue reading Active Travel – Looking ahead to another Assembly term…

Something to read: Active Travel Action Plan – February 2016

Hot on the heels of the National Assembly for Wales’ report into active travel, the Welsh Government has now published its plan of action. The action plan, to its credit, does a fair job of addressing many of the broad issues raised by the Assembly Members involved in the report, including issues of funding, promotion and integration with the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The Active Travel Action Plan complements the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and sets out our vision for active travel and how it relates to our wider aims. Source: Active Travel Action Plan Whilst it’s worth … Continue reading Something to read: Active Travel Action Plan – February 2016

Something to read: Active Travel – The Start of the Journey

The National Assembly for Wales has published a cross-party report into the Active Travel Act’s somewhat subdued first year… The report can either be read as a whizzy Adobe Slate page, or you can read the full 20 page PDF. Perhaps the most comforting thing about the document is that it echoes many of the common complaints we hear about the Act and its progress…or lack thereof. The report also makes a number of recommendations: Recommendation 1. The Welsh Government should have a specific budget line dedicated to supporting active travel. The budget for active travel should be used for … Continue reading Something to read: Active Travel – The Start of the Journey

Active Travel in Wales – Have your say…

The Active Travel Act (Wales) 2013 was given Royal Assent in November 2013. It places a duty on local authorities to plan for and continuously improve facilities for walkers and cyclists to promote active forms of travel. The Act is all about getting people to commute and do their short journeys on foot or on a bicycle, but if tourist routes end up being improved in the process, so be it. As long as councils can prove a modal shift away from the car is happening in their area, Ministers will be happy. As a cyclist it is easy to … Continue reading Active Travel in Wales – Have your say…