We’ve seen some big announcements from the Welsh Government this May.
On 7 May Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford announced in the Senedd that the Welsh Government believe 20mph should be the default speed limit for residential areas.
This is great news and something that we have been calling for in Wales and Scotland.
This was swiftly followed by an announcement on 9 May from Deputy Minister for Economy & Transport, Lee Waters AM, of £30m for active travel across Wales, an additional £10m on top of what had previously been expected.
With physical inactivity costing NHS Wales an estimated £650 million a year and our towns and cities are dangerously polluted, this is a welcome investment.
Making it possible for people to choose healthier and cleaner ways to travel can help tackle these big issues.
12 May saw Living Streets Cymru leading walks with local residents into Cardiff city centre for the first time as part of #carfreediff, Cardiff Council’s annual car-free day event.
We were there all day chatting to local people about how they think streets could be more family-friendly in Cardiff. A big thank you to all of our supporters that came to see us throughout the day!
In case you missed it, take a look at this video we filmed in Monmouth with Kate Humble for National Walking Month all about taking to your feet on your local streets in this beautiful Welsh town.
And finally, I had the pleasure of working with staff at Transport for Wales as we teamed up for around the subject of staff wellbeing.
Running two sessions with the team at South Gate House in Cardiff, we talked about ways that the staff could incorporate more walking into their every day, such as changing up their commute or taking a break from their desk at lunchtime to something completely new like holding walking meetings during the day.
This action-filled National Walking Month isn’t over yet and with this week marking Walk to School Week there’s lots more still to come!
It’s an exciting time for walking in Wales - and the perfect time to join the walking revolution.
I invite you to become a Living Streets member in Wales today.
Anyone interested in setting up a local Living Streets group anywhere in Wales can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.