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.
Thanks to the Active Travel (Wales) Act, every Local Authority in Wales must draw up plans for a network of walking and cycling routes.
These routes should connect homes to places like schools, workplaces, shops, services, parks and leisure facilities.
This is good news.
They are updated every three years and are currently being consulted on right across Wales with the latest maps due to be completed by December 2021.
Find out more about your local map consultation here.
The week 12th-18th July saw the start of an exciting new campaign for Living Streets!
We want to know how much of an issue street clutter is where you live.
Street clutter includes anything from badly placed lamp posts or bins, to excessive signposts or clumsy A-boards!
Sometimes seating spilling out from local shops and cafes can clutter up the footway leaving little space for people to get by safely.
No one needs it, let's get rid of it.
Find out more on our campaign page.
The Welsh Government has announced as part of its legislative programme for 2021-2022 that it will be making changes to the law to bring about a ban on pavement parking 'wherever possible'.
As a vocal advocate of a ban on pavement parking, Living Streets Cymru was on the task force that made recommendations to the Welsh Government. Whilst we would still like to see an outright ban on pavement parking, this will certainly be a move in the right direction, making our streets more accessible for all.
Want to make where you live better for walking? Join one of our local groups, meet like-minded people and be part of the change! Or if you can't find a group in your area, why not set up your own?
Pupils in Wales can benefit from getting active on the school run with WOW – our year-round walk to school challenge – in Welsh and English.
A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half.
We want to reverse this decline. We want children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice.
We are proud to offer the tools we provide for teachers and parents across the UK fully bilingually.
And September 2021 will see record numbers of schools in Wales taking part in our WOW walk to school programme!
Read our Ysgol Glan Morfa Case Study:
What We Say
Read our responses to national consultations
The Welsh Government has launched a 12-week consultation on its proposals to implement a default speed of 20mph in residential areas reducing it from the current default 30mph.
The consultation ends on 1st October 2021.
We want to see speed limits of 20mph in places where people work, play, shop and study.
Living Streets Cymru was a member organisation of the Wales 20mph Task Force Group set up by Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport Lee Waters in July 2019 and its final report recommends a default 20mph speed limit for restricted roads in Wales with a target date of April 2023.
Living Streets Cymru looks forward to working with Welsh Government to support this legislation and make our streets and pavements safe and accessible for everyone.
We’ve teamed up with Sport Wales to start Walking Friends Wales - Cyfeillion Cerdded Cymru, a three-year project to help people over 50 to increase their walking activity.
The project will help older adults start walking in their communities, make new connections and voice the need for changes to their local walking environment.
The Older People's Commissioner for Wales, Helena Herklots CBE, spoke with us about the value of walking as part of our everyday routine, you can see what the Commissioner had to say in this video created especially for the Walking Friends Wales project during National Walking Month!
Find out more and get involved...
With the elections to the Senedd now behind us and a new Welsh Government in place, some proposed changes to the law in Wales have been announced and there is much to be positive about.
Among the proposals are changes to the national speed limit, changes to pavement parking regulations and action on clean air in Wales. These are all issues that Living Streets and our supporters have long campaigned for and we are delighted that our hard work is paying off - thank you for your support!
You can find out more about what is coming up and download our manifesto to find out why we asked our Welsh politicians to invest in making walking safer, commit to improving air quality and make it easier for families to walk to school and work.
Wales could be first nation to introduce 20mph speed limits
Living Streets Cymru calls for better investment in walking in Cardiff
Bold targets and investment needed to tackle falling walking rates in Wales
Welsh Government looks to tackle pavement parking
We’re creating a walking nation. We’ve got the know-how to make it happen but we can’t do it alone. Together with our partners and funders we can make extraordinary things happen.