A year on from the Active Travel Act becoming law, Cardiff has demonstrated the benefits of embracing car-free approaches to travelling around our capital city.
I asked a question in the Senedd to Economy, Science and Transport Minister Edwina Hart. She revealed the substantial levels of funding Cardiff Council has had to make active travel a reality. This has included nearly £1.5 million for safer routes and promote active travel and £150,000 for developing a Metro. In addition, Kerbcraft has been funded to provide Cardiff children with road safety education, and Bike It funding is increasing cycling in the city. This road safety awareness helps reduce the number of children being run over or killed on our roads.
The Active Travel Act has placed a duty on local authorities to plan and develop routes for pedestrians and cyclists. The idea is to get people out of their cars and make walking and cycling the first choice for short journeys.
The Cardiff Cycle City movement launched just a few weeks ago in Cardiff Bay wants to make Cardiff the best city for cycling in the UK. Cardiff has piloted 20mph zones in busy areas like Cathays and Roath Park. Thanks to the Active Travel Act, Cardiff has the tools and the obligation to build on the good work already going on.