By SamJonesFriday, 5 October 2018
On Tuesday, 2 October hundreds gathered in Cardiff Bay and joined the new Cycle on the Senedd with a simple call for a doubling of investment in active travel.
On Tuesday, Cycle on the Senedd in a peloton hundreds strong rolled up to the steps of the Senedd with one aim: to make the Welsh Government fulfil the promises made in the Active Travel Act.
Ever since the Active Travel (Wales) Act was introduced back in 2013, Wales has been placed on a pedestal for their landmark legislation that is meant to promote cycling and walking as the go to mode of transport for short journeys.
As part of the act, Wales has high quality design standards for new cycling infrastructure. However without proper levels of funding, or the plans in place to make sure the money is spent where it is most need, such standards cannot be used.
Coordinated by Cardiff Cycle City, the Cycle on the Senedd seeks to change that by making a clear call for a doubling of investment in cycling and walking to £20 per head. It’s not just cyclists and walkers calling for this, but also the Welsh Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee in a recent report.
Currently the Welsh Government is spending just £10 per head, half of the level in Scotland.