Transportation

Welsh Government to Mandate Municipal Commitment to Walking, Cycling

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 16, 2012

The government of Wales is about to be the first federal government in the world to insist that municipal governments include sustainable transportation in their plans.

Councils will be obliged to consider how to improve walking and cycling when planning any new road schemes.

Such greener travel options have for some time been the official ambition of ministers in Westminster and elsewhere, but campaigners say little has been achieved, in no small part because many councils show little enthusiasm for such projects, and sometimes downright hostility.

The article references a 2011 study finding that merely telling people to ride bikes doesn't make a difference, and that a successful strategy entails investing in continuous cycling infrastructure.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By CouldaWouldaShoulda (anonymous) | Posted May 19, 2012 at 08:47:03

Because it saddens me as someone half-Welsh to see no comments being registered on this thread, I'd like to say 'Well done!' to the Welsh government.

"Llongyfarchiadau am hynny!"

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