The manifesto event was chaired by Living Streets’ Chief Executive Mary Creagh with additional speakers Russell George MS, Shadow Minister for the Economy and Transport and spokesperson for the Welsh Conservatives, Councillor Rodney Berman OBE, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Cardiff Central, and Anthony Slaughter, Wales Green Party Leader.
Huw Irranca-Davies MS, Chair of the Cross Party Group on the Active Travel Act, supported the manifesto asks. He said:
“Active travel is so important and we must support the people who don’t currently walk or cycle in order to shift their behaviour. We need to further develop safe routes to schools, 20mph will be the default speed limit tackle the barriers that pavement parking causes.”
“Overall, we need to make walking easier and the prioritisation of pedestrian crossing times would help. In Wales, we say that it’s the pethau bychain, the little things, that make all the difference.”
Rhiannon Hardiman, Manager, Living Streets Cymru, says:
“Walking is the oldest and easiest exercise and it has so many benefits: it keeps us fit, it’s good for our mental health and it helps reduce air pollution. And yet there are many barriers that prevent people from walking and that’s why we need to make our streets and pavements safer – and prioritise people over cars.
“We have unacceptable road danger, a climate change crisis, toxic levels of air pollution and a crisis in public health due to our sedentary lifestyle. Walking more and driving less is part of the solution - and that requires safer streets.
“In the run up to the Senedd 2021 election, we want politicians to commit to creating walkable neighbourhoods, reducing car dependency, tackling loneliness, improving air quality and getting more people walking. This, in turn, can lead to safer, happier and healthier communities.”
Living Streets Cymru is calling on all politicians in Wales to pledge to make sure that:
Active travel is so important and we must support the people who don’t currently walk or cycle in order to shift their behaviour. We need to further develop safe routes to schools, 20mph will be the default speed limit tackle the barriers that pavement parking causes.
Living Streets is calling on parents, teachers and anyone concerned about safety around the school gates to write to their local school and council via our online form, urging them to invest in School Streets.
You can also download a toolkit which will help you to organise a School Street in your area.