Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities
On 12 July 2011, the First Minister made a statement on the Legislative Programme for the Welsh Government. In that statement he announced his intention to legislate to introduce a duty on Local Authorities to provide and maintain cycle paths in key areas.
Today [9th May 2012] I am issuing a White Paper to seek views on proposals for an Active Travel (Wales) Bill. I am proposing that the Bill requires Local Authorities in Wales have a duty to:
- identify and map the network of routes within their areas that are safe and appropriate for walking and cycling;
- identify and map the enhancements that would be required to create a fully integrated network for walking and cycling and develop a prioritised list of schemes to deliver the network;
- deliver an enhanced network subject to budget availability and following due process;
- consider the potential for enhancing walking and cycling provision in the development of new road schemes.
I am also seeking views on whether the definitions of rights of way in Wales should be amended.
The consultation will end on 14th August 2012 and I will be considering responses in determining the final shape of the legislation. I expect to introduce the Bill to the National Assembly for Wales in spring 2013.