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.