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Monday, November 4, 2013

New law makes for easier walking and cycling in Wales

A landmark Welsh law to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Wales has been granted Royal Assent by Her Majesty the Queen.

The Letters Patent for the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, signed by Her Majesty the Queen and Sealed with the Welsh Seal.
 
The Act - which is considered to be a world first - makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and create fully integrated transport networks that consider the needs of walkers and cyclists.

By connecting key sites such as workplaces, hospitals, schools and shopping areas with traffic free routes and cycle lanes, the Act will encourage people to rely less on their cars when making short journeys.

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 completed its passage through the National Assembly for Wales October 1st 2013.

A Bill receives Royal Assent when Letters Patent under the Welsh Seal signed with Her Majesty’s own hand signifying Her Assent are notified to the Clerk of the National Assembly.

The Bill then becomes an Act of the Assembly.
The Welsh Seal was applied to the Letters Patent in a ceremony in Cardiff earlier today (Monday November 4th).

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said: "This act is a landmark piece of legislation. As a government, we have a proud track record of developing and delivering pioneering policies that make a real difference to people’s lives.

“I’m especially proud we are using our legislative powers to make Wales a true global leader in promoting cycling and walking as a realistic alternative to the car.”

Minister for Culture & Sport, John Griffiths said:“This act will help to begin integrating exercise into everyday life. By making it easier to walk and cycle, it will help make it easier for people all over Wales to be physical active. That should have a beneficial impact on  the health and well-being of people in Wales.”

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