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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.

Existing Routes Maps

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.

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.

Integrated Network Maps

The Council is also required to produce Integrated Network Maps (INMs) which set out the local authority’s plans for developing a network of active travel routes and facilities over the next 15 years.

The maps must be submitted to Welsh Government by the 3rd November 2017 and below is an indicative timeline for developing the INMs:

Information gathering
Assessment of routes
Development of the draft map
Formal consultation
Development of the final map
Submit map to the Welsh Government

Summer/Autumn 2016
Autumn/Winter 2016/17
Winter/Spring 2017
Spring/Summer 2017
Summer 2017
Autumn 2017

The INMs must take account of the views of stakeholders and the public, including both existing active travel users and those that do not travel actively. If you have any proposals for new active travel routes and facilities, or for improving existing routes and facilities in the County Borough, please email activetravel@bridgend.gov.uk.

For example, you may have suggestions about:

  • A route that you currently use for walking and/ or cycling that could be improved for active travel journeys;
  • A missing walking and/ or cycling link that, if provided, could encourage more active travel journeys;
  • Remember that an active travel route must connect to a destination, such as a workplace, school, shopping area or facility e.g. health centre. Please make sure your suggestions provide details of where the route is connecting.

There will also be an opportunity to provide your views on the draft INMs during the formal consultation and if you would like to be involved during the consultation stage please get in touch at 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: 19/01/2017
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