The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee has heard evidence about the implementation of the Active Travel (Wales) Act (2013) over recent months. 

The report on these findings (the Post Legislative Scrutiny of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013) shows there is much more to be done to make active travel a reality for people in Wales.  

Living Streets Cymru wants to see active travel as the preferred and best choice for people making short, everyday journeys, such as the walk to school, work or shops.    

Rachel Maycock, Manager, Living Streets Cymru comments:

“We are asking for leadership from Welsh Government and local authorities to realise the vision of the Active Travel Act to ‘transform Wales into an active travel nation’.

“Prioritising active travel will solve some of Wales’ biggest issues and yet despite the Act, the wide-ranging benefits of active travel are not yet being felt across the country: low physical activity amongst children and adults continues to cost NHS Wales an estimated £650 million a year, and our towns and cities remain dangerously polluted.

“There needs to be action across health, education, communities and environment departments at a Government and local authority level to make sure more people are able to walk more of their everyday journeys and enjoy the benefits this brings.  

“This week is Walk to School Week, the perfect inspiration to set about creating a more strategic and ambitious Active Travel Action Plan, which sets targets and investment for schemes proven to increase walking and active travel across Wales, not just simply building more cycling infrastructure.”