Our vision of a walking nation is already being realised in part in Wales, where Living Streets Cymru is well placed to capitalise on some landmark political action.

Wales is the first country in the UK to introduce an Active Travel Act (oh, how we would love one of those to make it through Westminster) which aims to increase walking and cycling rates.

This landmark piece of legislation was passed in 2014 - but there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure positive results.

Manifesto launch at the Senedd

And Living Streets Cymru is already on the case.

Living Streets wants to see adequate investment and commitment made to back up the groundbreaking legislation. And we are hoping for specific to increasing the number of children walking to school.

The launch of out ‘Get Wales Walking’ manifesto at the Senedd last autumn was a call for political parties to make Wales a nation that walks more and feels the benefits of walking.

A member of each political party was present to hear Living Streets Cymru and its supporters call for the Welsh Government to prioritise and fund walking.

Why Wales needs to get walking

31%

People in Wales doing the recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day.

34%

The number who are doing no daily exercise at all.

Rachel continues:

“Walking is a free, easy and accessible way to introduce activity into our daily lives. It is vital that we get Wales walking.

“It was encouraging to see so many of our supporters at the Senedd to see our manifesto launched and to hear from representatives from each of the political parties. We hope they remain engaged with our campaign to get Wales walking.”

Physical inactivity is costing the Welsh NHS an estimated £650 million per year. Unless something is done we will have a national health crisis on our hands.

Rachel Maycock, Living Streets Director (Wales)