Vale of Glamorgan Council gears up for Active Travel Plan
Published 02 October 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan Council is seeking the views of residents on how it could improve their short daily commuting experiences on foot or by bicycle to work and local facilities.
The consultation, which will go out to all residents, is part of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Plan which is the vehicle for delivering the requirements of Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. This places a requirement on all local authorities in Wales to map out and develop suitable routes for cycling and walking to improve the general health of the nation, bring about a reduction in carbon emissions and create a cleaner environment in our towns and cities. By 2020, the Welsh Government hopes that 10% of all short journeys will be made by bicycle.
The Welsh Government has identified key settlements in the Vale of Glamorgan where they would like to see active travel routes clearly identified, developed and promoted for the benefit of residents. These are; Barry, Penarth, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Llandough and Rhoose.
The first stage of the act requires the council to produce maps of existing routes and for these to be submitted to the Welsh Government by 22 January 2016. The maps will show existing routes within the settlements that the council consider suitable for Active Travel.
Commenting Councillor Lis Burnett, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said, “I support wholeheartedly the sentiment and aspirations behind the Active Travel Plan. The consultation presents an excellent opportunity for the public to play their part in shaping and developing exciting Active Travel routes across the local authority area and, who knows, even revealing routes that, may not hitherto, have been widely known. We’ll be asking residents to tell us how they travel, how they’d like to travel, what would make their experiences better. Beyond the obvious health and environmental benefits, the promotion and development of walking and cycling routes in the Vale of Glamorgan could benefit tourism in the region and subsequently provide a boost for the local economy. I would encourage everyone to have their say.”
The consultation exercise will run until the 18th December 2015 and respondents can take part online using the link below, or by completing a paper questionnaire available from local libraries and council offices.
Active Travel 2015