Policy for Walking and Cycling

The walking and cycling policy will contribute to the specific targets of the Community Plan of increasing by 5% the number of pupils walking to school and increasing by 10% the number of cyclists using the cycle way network. Promoting walking and cycling will assist in the enhancement of the environment, create a healthier population, promote social inclusion, promote tourism, reduce traffic congestion and assist residents and visitors alike to pursue and enjoy the social, economic and leisure opportunities within the community in safety.

In pursuit of this we will do the following:

  • Cycle Path at Swansea BayIncrease safety for walkers and cyclists on highways and off- road routes through the provision of dedicated cycle lanes, and, consider cyclists and pedestrian needs in highway schemes.
  • Establish a proposed strategic network of cycle ways and propose a rolling programme for their development and maintenance.
  • Ensure that future development takes place in an environmentally and economically sustainable and sensitive manner.
  • Encourage pupils to walk or cycle to school through the provision of ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ schemes, education and the provision of facilities at schools e.g. secure bike sheds, dedicated cycle ways, footpaths and entrances.
  • Encourage commuters to include walking or cycling as part of a sustainable travel to work routine through the provision of ‘Safe Routes to Stations’ schemes, secure cycle storage facilities at stations and the provision of dedicated cycle routes to centres of employment.
  • Promote the provision of facilities for ‘bikes on trains and buses’
  • Promote secure cycle storage in town centres, communal centres, such as libraries and halls, tourist attractions and places of employment
  • Promote cycling and walking routes between remote communities to help combat social exclusion.
  • Complete the National Cycle Network where it is in Neath Port Talbot and encourage neighbouring Authorities to complete the cross boundary links.
  • Encourage inclusion of walking and cycling in organisations' travel plans.
  • Provide amenity routes for leisure and tourism purposes and as access to tourist attractions.
  • Safeguard and enhance the public rights of way network to meet the needs of local communities without undue detriment to agriculture, forestry and heritage features.
  • Develop disused railway lines for cycling and walking without prejudicing the potential reinstatement of rail facilities
  • Maintain the routes in accordance with affordable best practice
  • Promote walking and cycling, along with the facilities available, through a co-ordinated marketing and publicity campaign.
  • Comply with and complement European and National walking and cycling policies and strategies where feasible.
  • Ensure all facilities are appropriate for disabled access where feasible.
  • Monitor usage and condition of facilities to assist in assessment of value for money and development of the strategy for implementation and maintenance.

This policy has cross cutting themes and complements and interlinks with the following Corporate Objectives and Policy Standards:

  • Environment and Transport
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Community Safety
  • Confident Communities
  • Regenerating Communities & Sustaining the Environment
  • Better Health and Well-being
  • Safe Routes to Schools
  • Increase Access to Leisure Facilities
  • Tourism Strategy and Action Plan

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Last Updated: 27.10.2015 at 15:55

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