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Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

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The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 is landmark Welsh law to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales.

The Act requires Welsh ministers to publish annual reports on the amount of active travel journeys are made in Wales. The annual report also updates on progress of the Act’s implementation since it began on 25 September 2014.The Act - which is considered to be a world first - makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel, and to build and improve their infrastructure for walking and cycling every year. It creates new duties for highways authorities to consider the needs of walkers and cyclists and make better provision for them. It also requires both the Welsh Government and local authorities to promote walking and cycling as a mode of transport.

By connecting key sites such as workplaces, hospitals, schools and shopping areas with active travel routes, the Act will encourage people to rely less on their cars when making short journeys.

Implementing the Act

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 (external link) completed its passage through the National Assembly for Wales on 1 October 2013. The Bill became an Act of the Assembly on 4 November when the First Minister, as Keeper of the Welsh Seal, applied the Seal to the Letters Patent in a ceremony in Cardiff.

The Act came into force on 25 September 2014. In summer 2014 there were public consultations on the statutory guidance needed to implement the Act, and a Direction on the geographic coverage of the Act. The Act will be supported by the Active Travel Action Plan, and its implementation will be overseen by the Active Travel Board.

Annual report

The Act requires Welsh ministers to publish annual reports on the amount of active travel journeys are made in Wales. The annual report also updates on progress of the Act’s implementation since it began on 25 September 2014.

Active Travel newsletter

The Active Travel newsletter provides regular updates on what the Welsh Government is doing to help people in Wales walk and cycle more. If you would like to receive a copy please contact Active Travel team.