Active Travel crisis looming.
Barely two years after the enactment of the Wales Active Travel legislation we see disturbing signs that nothing much has changed. On the slightest pretext innovative access for cycling and walking is being hindered by political chicanery, often driven by pressure groups with little interest in the many social problems arising from our over-dependence on the motor car.
In Scotland there is a plan to rip up a cycleway. Feelings are running high locally. The same short sighted decisions are taken In North Wales. We’ve had a perfectly reasonable proposal to create a first phase cycle route linking the market town of Denbigh to the adjacent settlements rejected by the county’s planning committee under very questionable circumstances.
At Conwy we have the highway authority sidelining the protests of CyclingUK and Sustrans on what should be, but isn’t a safe route for cycling across the Afon Conwy. And in Gwynedd we have protests by walking and cycling groups at the proposal to create safety hazards at the Llanwnda Goat roundabout which directly affects National Cycle Route 8 (Lon Eifion) . Yes these are local anomalies. But they illustrate the Jekyll and Hyde delivery of government policy. This does not auger well for the implementation of the Active Travel legislation. It reflects a systemic malaise affecting all corners of the United Kingdom. .
Colchester raps South Ayshire knuckles.
We print below a letter sent from William Bramble of the Colchester Cycling Campaign to South Ayshire County Council. It resonates what every responsible citizen caring for our public health should be thinking.
Dear Mr Dorans
Well said! William Bramhall.
You speak for many astonished at the contradiction between the UK’s population growing in girth, and government’s lack of guts in facing up to the motor lobbying; the latter often not reflecting the growing number of car owners now realising that motoring must give way to allow more space for cycling and walking.