Ten years after Wales’ Active Travel Act was passed, fulfilling its ambition of making walking and cycling the most natural and normal way of getting about is more important than ever. Wales is facing the immense challenges of climate change, poor air quality, inactive lifestyles and congested roads. Increasing active travel can help tackle all these issues and more. For all these reasons the Senedd Cross-Party Group on the Active Travel Act is marking the tenth anniversary of the passing of the Act with a series of events aimed at demonstrating the wide support across Welsh society for more active travel and to call on the Welsh Government to double down on its efforts to realise the ambitions of the Act.
The events will take place on Wednesday, October 4th and include:
- A bike ride starting at 12.00 noon from Pedal Power Inclusive Cycle Centre in Sophia Gardens and arriving at the steps of the Senedd at 12.50pm (organised in association with Cycling UK).
- A circular walk starting at 12.25pm from the steps of the Senedd and arriving back there at 12.50pm (organised in association with Living Streets and the RNIB).
- Hear from key MSs, including Lee Waters MS, Deputy Minister for Climate Change, on the steps of the Senedd at 1.00pm.
- A discussion on ‘Why active travel matters and how we can encourage more people to embrace it’ with a special guest panel including Chris Boardman, Active Travel Commissioner for England, Julie Bishop (Director of Health Improvement, Public Health Wales), Julie Crear (Head of Projects and Technical Services, Living Streets) and Sian Donovan (Director, Pedal Power Inclusive Cycling Centre). The discussion will be chaired by Huw Irranca-Davies MS and will be held from 1.15pm to 2.00pm in the Pierhead Building.
- From 2.00pm a series of workshops on active travel themes and a chance to visit active travel related stalls, all in the Pierhead Building.