Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change
Achieving a shift from private cars to walking and cycling as well as public transport is essential for meeting our net zero carbon emission target, and a key commitment of Llwybr Newydd, the new Wales Transport Strategy we published earlier this year.
This requires people in Wales to have access to coherent, high quality walking and cycling routes that connect where they live to where they need to go. The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 requires local authorities to plan and deliver networks of those routes. Today I am publishing updated Active Travel Act Guidance to help them fulfil this duty.
Building on the consultation draft published in 2020, the new guidance brings together the previous two sets of statutory guidance that accompanied the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and updates them. The update draws on a wide range of sources, most notably user experiences, public and stakeholder consultation feedback, changes in national policy and new developments in infrastructure and technology.
The guidance includes detailed information for local authorities on how to meet their duties under the Act, as well as comprehensive guidance on planning and designing walking and cycling networks.