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Active Travel

What is Active Travel?

Active Travel means walking and cycling (including electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) for everyday short-distance journeys, such as journeys to school, work, or for access to shops, services and bus/rail stations. Active travel does not include journeys made purely for recreation or social reasons.

Overview

In September 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act which makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel within certain settlements in the county borough, as designated by the Welsh Government.

More information on the Active Travel Act can be found on the Welsh Government’s website here. Details of the designated areas in Bridgend can be found here.

The first stage of the act required local authorities to produce ‘Existing Routes Maps’ (ERMs) to show existing routes in the borough that the council considered suitable for active travel. The ERMs therefore do not show all of the available walking and cycling routes within an area.

Details of the ERMs, which have been approved by Welsh Government, can be found below.

The second stage of the Act requires the Council to produce Integrated Network Maps (INMs) that set out the local authority’s plans to develop a network of active travel routes and facilities over the next 15 years.

Draft Integrated Network Map (INM) consultation

Bridgend County Borough Council has now started a public consultation on its draft Active Travel Integrated Network Map (INM).

The proposals have been developed with the following aims in mind:

  1. Improved access to key services and facilities including town centres, employment and retail areas, transport hubs;
  2. Improved access to education facilities such as schools and colleges;
  3. Improvements to, and expansion of, the existing strategic network in the county borough.

Our draft Active Travel INM can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

The development and delivery of the proposals shown on the INM will be dependent upon the availability of funding. In addition, the proposals contained within the INM should be taken as indicative and may be subject to change as schemes are further developed.

How to get involved

We want to hear your views on the draft Integrated Network Map and the proposed additions to the Existing Routes Map.

After viewing the maps, you can provide your comments by completing the online survey here.

A number of public engagement events, where you will be able to view the proposals and have your say, have also been arranged to take place during the consultation period:

Venue

Date 

Time

Bridgend College (Bridgend Campus)

Tuesday 13 June

10am to 2pm

Bridgend College (Pencoed Campus)

Wednesday 14 June

10am to 2pm

Bridgend Life Centre

Friday 16 June

10am to 2pm

Ogmore Valley Life Centre

Tuesday 27 June

10am to 2pm

Ynysawdre Life Centre

Tuesday 4 July

10am to 2pm

Betws Life Centre

Tuesday 11 July

10am to 2pm

Evanstown Community Centre

Tuesday 18 July

10am to 2pm

Pencoed Welfare Hall

Tuesday 25 July

10am to 2pm

Garw Valley Life Centre

Wednesday 26 July

10am to 2pm

Ogmore Valley Life Centre

Wednesday 16 August

2pm to 6pm 
Asda, Pyle

Wednesday 23 August

10am to 2pm
The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

Wednesday 30 August

10am to 2pm
Asda, Maesteg

Thursday 31 August

10am to 2pm

 
What happens next?

The public consultation runs for 12 weeks until 1st September 2017.  

  • All consultation responses will be reviewed and any amendments to the Active Travel INM will be made where appropriate
  • The final Active Travel INM will be submitted to the Welsh Government for approval in November 2017.

Further information

If you require further information about the Active Travel Integrated Network Map consultation please email activetravel@bridgend.gov.uk or call 01656 642528.

Existing Routes Maps

Following a 16-week public consultation, the Council’s draft ERMs were submitted to Welsh Government in January 2016 and were approved on 12th August 2016. A copy of the consultation report can be viewed here.

The Overview Map below shows which areas and routes are covered by each ERM settlement map.

The settlement maps below show the existing active travel routes within each of the designated settlements in the County Borough:

 

Pedestrian   Map

Cycling   Map

Bettws Settlement
Bridgend Settlement Map 1
Bridgend Settlement Map 2
Bridgend Settlement Map 3
Bridgend Settlement Map 4
Bridgend Settlement Map 5
Gilfach Goch Settlement
Maesteg Settlement Map 1
Maesteg Settlement Map 2
Ogmore Vale Settlement Map 1
Ogmore Vale Settlement Map 2
Ogmore Vale Settlement Map 3
Pencoed Settlement
Pontycymer Settlement Map 1
Pontycymer Settlement Map 2
Pontycymer Settlement Map 3
Porthcawl Settlement
Pyle Settlement

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 The routes shown on the maps have been assessed using the guidance issued by the Welsh Government. The green routes on the maps have met the standards set out in the guidance and are suitable for active travel. The yellow routes on the maps have narrowly failed to meet the standards but are still considered by the Council to be important for active travel. The Existing Routes Map Statement below includes an explanation of why these routes are still considered appropriate for active travel.

If you require copies of the Existing Routes Maps in an alternative format, please contact us either by telephone: 01656 642528 or e-mail: activetravel@bridgend.gov.uk.

Annual Reports

Additionally, the Council is required to produce an annual report detailing the actions taken in the previous financial year to promote active travel, and the costs incurred for new or improved active travel routes and facilities. Please find below the Council’s 2015/16 annual report:

Contact Details

Policy and Development Team
Streetscene Services


Bridgend County Borough Council

Streetscene Department
Communities Directorate
Civic Offices
Bridgend
CF31 4WB 


Telephone:  01656 642528
Fax:           01656 642580
Email:        traffic&transportation@bridgend.gov.uk

 

Last Updated: 24/08/2017
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