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
In pursuit of this we will do the following:
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
- Ensure that future development takes place in an
environmentally and economically sustainable and sensitive
- 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
- Promote the provision of facilities for ‘bikes on trains and
- Promote secure cycle storage in town centres, communal centres,
such as libraries and halls, tourist attractions and places of
- 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
- Encourage inclusion of walking and cycling in organisations'
- 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
- Promote walking and cycling, along with the facilities
available, through a co-ordinated marketing and publicity
- Comply with and complement European and National walking and
cycling policies and strategies where feasible.
- Ensure all facilities are appropriate for disabled access where
- 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
- 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
Last Updated: 27.10.2015 at 15:55