The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 is a new Welsh law to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales. 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 cycling and walking travel, and to build and improve walking and cycling infrastructure every year.

By ensuring people are able to use safe, direct and pleasant routes to walk and ride bikes between key sites such as workplaces, hospitals, schools and shopping areas, the Act will encourage people to rely less on their cars when making short journeys.

What does this mean for Abergavenny? It means that Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) must begin a process of continuous improvement of conditions for cycling and walking in the town. Good news!

We made a detailed response to the consultation on the ‘existing routes’ and are now awaiting the publication of the draft ‘integrated network map’, which will indicate how the council plans to improve the network of walking and cycling routes. It’s due out later in 2017.

On Abergavenny Cycle Group’s Cyclescape website you can view and discuss problem areas and issues that are already on our radar.

Read more about the Active Travel Act.