Posted on: Wednesday 12 May 2021
Residents in Torfaen are being asked to help improve walking and cycling routes for everyday journeys around Torfaen.
Wales is unique in having a law which makes it a legal duty for people to be consulted about improvements to walking and cycling routes for transport purposes.
As part of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, the council, and other local authorities in Wales, must map, plan for, improve and promote opportunities for active travel. Active Travel means walking and cycling for everyday journeys such as getting to school, work, shops, health and leisure services and not for recreational purposes.
Following a public consultation on the Integrated Network Map in 2017, a finalised Integrated Network Map (INM) was submitted to Welsh Government for Ministerial Inspection and approved in February 2018.
The council are now carrying out a review of its INM and is asking residents to share their thoughts and help identify any barriers and improvements to Active Travel walking and cycling routes.
Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The more people involved, the better the needs of the whole community will be reflected. The feedback will be used to inform plans for improvements to the walking and cycling network and will help shape Torfaen’s future Integrated Network Map.”
The first stage of public consultation will last for 6 weeks. Have your say here: https://torfaen.commonplace.is
There will be further opportunity for the public to have their say on the draft Active Travel Network Map at the next stage of the consultation process later in the year.
Get Involved at https://getinvolved.torfaen.gov.uk/neighbourhoods/have-your-say-on-active-travel