Welsh Active Travel Guidance and Standards

This summer, Phil Jones was appointed by the Welsh Minister for Transport to steer consultation in the country's landmark bid to become a walking and cycling nation.

Phil led the preparation of Active Travel Guidance, an output from the Welsh Government's Active Travel Bill, which makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel, and to build and improve their infrastructure for walking and cycling every year.  

Phil said: “This is a vital piece of legislation that could have a tangible effect on people's lives and in their ability to travel in a more sustainable way, putting in place an infrastructure that encourages people to make healthy choices, both for themselves and for the environment. It was a real honour to work on this guidance document - setting out the standards that active travel routes should meet to ensure consistent and appropriate design across the country. These standards will help to translate the requirements of the Act into useful and usable walking and cycling routes.”

Phil chaired the steering group, directing technical information for the consultation material and working alongside civil servants to review consultation responses.  He has since been busy acting as editor on the final Guidelines which are expected to be published in mid-October.

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