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Later this year the Welsh Government will introduce a pioneering act which will place a requirement on local authorities to create and maintain so called Active Travel routes, for walking and cycling.
The aim of the act is simple - to increase the number of cyclists in Wales from a modest 2% of adults to a much fitter 10% by the year 2020. But many have been left questioning if our roads are ready for such an increase.
With increasing concern over issues of congestion, and ill health caused by some of the highest inactivity levels in Europe, many believe that the active travel act could offer multiple benefits. But with a total of one hundred deaths or serious injuries caused to cyclists in Wales last year, it is not without its risk.
Dr Rhodri Martin, from the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in South Wales, specialises in the benefits of exercise to our everyday health
It is Dr Martin’s belief that the introduction of the active travel act could solve our inactivity problems and help to promote a fitter, more active nation, which could potentially lead to huge benefits to our health system.
For a list of resources available to cyclists in Wales, please visit: http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2014-07-21/what-resources-are-available-for-cyclists-in-wales/