Active Travel means walking or cycling for everyday short-distance journeys. It covers trips to school, shops, work, services and transport hubs. Also, it can include the use of electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Yet it does not include journeys purely for recreation, or social reasons.
Find useful routes in your community
The below routes are great for Active Travel. They are shown in ‘Existing Route Maps’ (ERMs), which detail the current Active Travel routes approved by the Welsh Government. The ERMs do not show every walking or cycle route in an area, but only the existing routes which we deemed suitable for Active Travel.
The Overview Map
View the Overview Map to see all areas and routes covered by the ERM settlement maps.
Future Route Proposals
We have also detailed plans for a network of Active Travel routes and facilities over the next 15 years. These are found in our Integrated Network Maps (INMs).
The proposals aim to:
- enhance access to key services and facilities including town centres, transport hubs, as well as employment and retail areas
- develop access to education facilities such as schools and colleges
- improve and expand the existing strategic network in Bridgend County Borough
Delivery of the INM’s proposals depend on funding. Also, the INM’s proposals are indicative, and may change as schemes develop.
Our legal responsibilities
In September 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act. This measure legally requires Welsh local authorities to map and plan suitable routes for Active Travel within certain areas, as designated by the Welsh Government.
The process that created the maps
The Act’s first stage required us to produce Existing Routes Maps. After a 16-week public consultation, we submitted our draft ERM maps in January 2016. The Welsh Government approved them on 12th August 2016, and you can view a copy of the consultation report here.
The maps’ routes have been assessed against the Welsh Government’s standards. Although most routes met the guidance and are suitable for Active Travel, some narrowly failed. However we still consider the latter important for Active Travel. Read our Existing Routes Map Statement for an explanation of why these routes are appropriate.
For the Act’s second phase, we produced Integrated Network Maps (INMs). After a 12 week public consultation, we submitted our draft INMs in November 2017, and the Welsh Government approved them on 27th February 2018.
We must produce annual reports detailing:
- actions from the previous financial year to promote Active Travel
- the costs of new or improved Active Travel routes and facilities
- the usage levels of Active Travel routes