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Walking and cycling

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Access to the outdoors for recreation is a key part of our natural resources policy.
Illuminated walk and cycling signal on a traffic light
We want to encourage more walking and cycling in Wales.

Increasing how much people walk and cycle will help us to:

  • improve health and wellbeing
    • improve sickness rates
    • reduce obesity, cases of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers
  • reduce green house gas emissions
  • reduce congestion.

Walking and cycling is not just good for your health but also for your wallet: consider the amount you can save by reducing petrol costs and parking charges.

What we’re doing to increase walking and cycling:

  • introducing the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013
  • developing guidance on designing infrastructure for walking and cycling
  • funding local authorities to:
    • run Kerbcraft - pedestrian safety training for children in primary schools
    • run national standard cycle training for children
    • create safer routes in the community by building cycle paths and paths for cycles and pedestrians, including links to public transport
  • funding projects that encourage and enable people to make smarter travel choices. These include the Bike-It project which has now finished. Bike-It increased cycling levels among school children. Our new project Active Journeys aims to increase the number of children and young people travelling actively to school.