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About Active Travel

Why Do We Need to Consult

Legislation is in place requiring all local authorities in Wales to continuously improve their Active Travel routes, and plan how routes will join up to form networks so that people can more easily get around by cycle or as a pedestrian. The legislation requires that councils to consult the public during the process of updating their Active Travel Network Map (ATNM) , these maps show where walking and cycling routes are identified.

Welsh Government criteria is primarily (but not exclusively) based on settlements with a population of more than 2000. In Monmouthshire this means we will consult on walking & cycling in Abergavenny, Caldicot (including Rogiet and Portskewitt), Chepstow, Gilwern, Magor with Undy, Monmouth, and Usk This exercise was first undertaken 3 years ago and must now be refreshed.

What we need to achieve in the consultation

  • Identify and agree future routes that need to improve or new routes to ensure greater numbers of people walk and cycle more and not use their car to get to a destination. These routes will then be put on to final maps referred to as Network Maps.
  • Agree key corridors (Primary routes) where the greatest number of people converting to Active Travel (walking and cycling) can be achieved
  • Produce a Strategic Focus and prioritisation for the development of Active Travel routes and facilities
  • Agree those routes that already meet an agreed standard for walking and cycling – these are called Existing Routes
  • Greater Visibility and participation on the Active Travel agenda
  • Greater intelligence on stakeholder modal travel and their views on routes proposed.
  • Identify any policy issues that require consideration and make links to key initiatives and strategies such as the Local Development Plan.

The first phase of the consultation exercise is now complete. Over 2700 people participated and all suggestions have now been independently assessed and new network maps produced.

Do you want a say on the final Active Travel network maps to encourage greater levels of walking and cycling? Please click here for further details.


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