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Wales: A Walking and Cycling Nation – Widening the Appeal - Annual Active Travel Conference 2015

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The second Active Travel Conference was held in Cardiff on 25 September 2014.
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The 3rd Annual Active Travel Conference this year focused on how we can make walking and cycling more inclusive for all.

Location of Event: The Pierhead, Cardiff

Date of Event: 05/11/2015

Active travel offers a wide range of benefits to all population groups, from improved physical and mental health to lower transport costs.  At present, levels of walking and in particular cycling vary greatly between different groups.  Active travel, and in particular cycling, is used less frequently by women, older people, people with disabilities, people from BME backgrounds or people on lower incomes.

Engaging effectively with these groups is key to creating a culture of everyday walking and cycling in Wales.

Over 80 people attended the 2015 conference and explored through presentations and practical workshops:

  • the benefits of increasing rates of walking and cycling among women, older people, disabled people, people from BME and disadvantaged backgrounds
  • how Local Authorities can benefit from engaging with diverse groups in developing and improving active travel routes and networks for local communities
  • why designing infrastructure with underrepresented groups in mind will spearhead the active travel revolution in Wales
  • the role community led schemes can play in reducing barriers and increasing participation in walking and cycling.

Outcomes

  • Local authority officers were able to see how best to engage with groups not currently travelling actively in meeting their duties under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013
  • planners and engineers learnt about inclusive design standards and how they should be applied, as set out in the Active Travel Design Guidance
  • people working with disadvantaged communities learnt about the development of practical projects by sharing learning from projects which have achieved lasting behaviour change and increased rates of active travel  
  • participants increased their understanding of the benefits of active travel for people from a wide range of background and how to encourage uptake.

Looking back at the Conference

Footage of the day was captured on film and has been edited into a short video.  

The programme and presentations of the day are available below.

You can contact us at ActiveTravel@wales.gsi.gov.uk