Active travel bill passed

Assembly Members have voted in favour of plans to radically reform support for cyclists and walkers, to encourage more healthy lifestyles.

Active Travel Bill passed by Assembly Members

Assembly Members have voted in favour of plans to radically reform support for cyclists and walkers, to encourage more healthy lifestyles. The new law is said to be a world first.

It would force local authorities to consider the needs of both walkers and those on bikes as they plan transport networks. The Active Travel (Wales) Act also calls on Welsh Ministers and Councils to promote active travel and provide annual updates to the Welsh Assembly.

Jane Lorimer, National Director of Sustrans Cymru, said “The passing of this legislation shows that Wales’ leadership is serious about making walking and cycling the normal choice for more of our everyday shorter journeys."

AMs to vote on 'Active Travel' law

Assembly Members are tonight voting on plans to radically reform the support given to walkers and cyclists as they encourage more healthy lifestyles. The new law is said to be a world first.

It would force local authorities to consider the needs of both walkers and people on bikes as they plan transport networks. They would also have to promote what's being called "Active Travel" with an annual survey coming from the Welsh Government. Lorna Prichard reports.

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