Living Streets Cymru is calling on the next Leader of Cardiff Council to take bold and visionary decisions to make Cardiff a world-class city for walking, setting a standard for towns and cities across Wales.

Living Streets Cymru, the Wales arm of Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, wants a healthier, cleaner and less congested Cardiff, where walking is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities.

The charity has set out five calls the next leader should do to make Cardiff a place where people want to live, shop and work. Amongst the proposals are for the council to assess the feasibility of a smart road-pricing.

Rachel Maycock, Manager, Living Streets Cymru said:

“We have an opportunity in Cardiff to change how the city moves. Any solution to improving air pollution and congestion has to suit Cardiff and be developed for people who live, work - and travel here, not replicate any other schemes. 

“The key to any road-pricing scheme is making it smart – smart means you can reinvest that money into practical alternatives to using the car – easy, reliable, affordable options.”

Living Streets Cymru also wants to see a reduction in the number of people using their car for short journeys and is promoting the health benefits on offer from walking just 20 minutes a day, from a lower risk of heart disease and certain cancers to improved mental health and wellbeing.

City leaders around the world are beginning to realise that by designing for walking they will have healthier, happier citizens and attract businesses and investment. That’s why, with the elections coming up in May, we’d like the politicians here to think about how they make Cardiff a world-class place for walking. The next Leader of Cardiff Council needs to find ways to make walking safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities and reduce delays on the city’s congested road network

Rachel Maycock, Manager, Living Streets Cymru

Five calls for the next Leader of Cardiff Council:


  1. Make walking for short journeys a priority

Develop a long-term strategy as part of the Local Development Plan on walking and public realm improvements that sets out an ambitious target to increase walking for short journeys. Appoint someone at a senior level to champion walking across Cardiff.

  1. Reduce vehicle dominance and free up space for people

Mandate Cardiff Council Transport Team to assess the feasibility of a smart road-pricing scheme for  Cardiff city centre that tackles air pollution, vehicle dominance and congestion and raises revenue for walking, cycling and public transport.

  1. Create walking-friendly communities across the city

Lead an initiative that creates walking friendly centres to encourage people to make local journeys on foot or bike, helps regenerate communities and brings more customers to local businesses. Small changes can make a big difference to the walking experience in Cardiff, such as making crossing waits shorter and crossing times longer.

  1. Get Cardiff walking

Deliver a transformative behaviour change programme to reward people of all ages who walk to school or work and reduce delays on the city’s congested road network. 

  1. Create a safer Cardiff

Adopt a ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety, which puts the elimination of road danger at the heart of the transport system and commit to a 20mph speed limit across the whole of Cardiff where people live, work and shop.