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New plans to legally oblige Welsh local authorities to provide cycling and walking routes have been described as 'ground-breaking' by transport charity Sustrans today (Wednesday 9 May)

The proposed Active Travel (Wales) Bill – outlined in a White Paper released today – will be the first of its kind in the world, making it a legal requirement for local authorities to plan and deliver routes that link up schools, hospitals and shopping areas with traffic-free routes and cycle lanes.The announcement follows a five-year campaign by Sustrans in Wales. The campaign had the backing of all parties in Wales and a range organisations including BT, Royal Mail, the British Medical Association and the Children's Commissioner for Wales.

Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive of Sustrans said:

"This is a ground-breaking move by the Welsh government that will help people get around more safely, cheaply and healthily.

People all over the UK want to cycle and walk more for every day journeys but are held back by safety concerns.

Walking and cycling are the answers to the UK's rocketing fuel bill and expanding waistline but getting around actively must be made safer and easier across the country."

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 10:10

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