Active travel

Title: Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

Organisation: Welsh Assembly Government/Road Safety Wales
Date uploaded: 14th June 2018
Date published/launched: May 2018

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This report scrutinises the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 – introduced by the Welsh Government to ‘transform local communities by making active travel a reality’.

The Act places a requirement on local authorities to continuously improve facilities and routes for walkers and cyclists and prepare maps identifying current and potential future routes for their use. It also requires new road schemes to consider the needs of pedestrians and cyclists at design stage.

According to figures published by the Welsh Government in January 2018, 61% of adults walked at least once a week for ‘active travel purposes’ in 2016/17 – a figure that has fallen from 66% in 2013-14.

During 2016/17, 44% of children actively travelled to primary school, down from 50% in 2013-14.

The report sets out a series of recommendations – including a call for greater leadership from the Welsh Government.

The report also calls on the Welsh Government to work with professional bodies including developers and civil engineers, local authorities and the Welsh Government’s own staff, to tackle the cultural barriers to implementing active travel.

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