Welsh Government announces £5m funding for walking and cycling routes
The Welsh Government has announced £5m funding to create safe walking and cycling routes for schools and communities across Wales.
Local authorities will receive money through the Safe Routes in Communities programme for crossings, traffic calming measures, cycle paths, footpaths, secure cycle facilities and lighting.
Speaking during a visit to Maesteg Comprehensive School, Edwina Hart, transport minister, said 30 new projects would be fully or partly funded in the 2014/15 financial year.
Edwina Hart said: “I am very pleased to announce funding for these 30 new projects which will ensure more people will be able to walk or cycle safely to schools and other parts of their communities.
“As well as improving safety, the Safe Routes in Communities programme encourages physical activity and reduces reliance on the car.”
Maesteg Comprehensive School benefitted in 2010/11 and 2011/12 from £350,000 Welsh Government funding for walking and cycling routes
Anne Carhart, headteacher, said: “The Safe Routes in Communities funding has provided safe and scenic routes to school and a healthier option for pupils and the wider community. The routes are fantastic and many pupils and staff are now walking or cycling to school.
“In addition the safe routes have allowed us to further develop the PE curriculum by introducing cycling as an activity.‘’