The Welsh Assembly has taken its first major step towards enabling the devolved government there to ‘adopt’ the National Cycle Network in
What appears on the face of it a tale of minor bureaucracy could prove to be the start of a hugely radical move to a North European model of cycle network provision across the
To remedy this weakness a cross-party committee has voted to attempt to drive through a law that would make the NCN in
The current system throughout
One of the main originators of the move was Lee Waters, head of Sustrans Cymru. He was the driving force behind a petition presented to the assembly last autumn, signed by a wide range of groups including AgeConcern Cymru, BT Cymru, Royal Mail, Friends of the Earth Cymru, PlayWales and the National Union of Teachers – showing the massive latent support across all sections of society for a coherent, high quality and well-maintained network of off-road cyclepaths.
Talking exclusively to BikeRadar Lee Waters was clearly under no illusions as to the significance of the move. He pointed out that the Assembly’s Enterprise committee could have picked on any one of a number of areas to support, as the procedure will mean extending the powers of the Welsh Assembly in this area – for which permission from Westminster is required as well as a vote in the Welsh Assembly itself.
“This is the first time a committee as powerful as this has taken forward an initiative to enable the Assembly itself to make new laws that will be unique to
“The ultimate prize is getting government to cater for cyclists and pedestrians on the same basis as motorists are currently catered for.
Should all go to plan, Waters foresees the scheme passing into law in eighteen months to two years.
The much-lauded cycle networks of countries like the