A new plan to make walking and cycling the preferred method of travelling shorter journeys in Wales is being launched.
Transport Minister Edwina Hart has published a plan to make walking and cycling the preferred method of traveling for shorter journeys in Wales.
"An Active Travel Action Plan for Wales" sets out how legislation, infrastructure and behaviour change can be used together to ensure active travel becomes part of everyday life.
The Minister said, "Increasing levels of walking and cycling offers many health and social benefits. We know that most people in Wales currently make no or very few walking and cycling journeys.
"This plan sets out how we can achieve our ambition of making walking and cycling part of everyday life through a culture change, both within organisations, and among individuals, as well as action to reduce barriers to active travel.
"With the Active Travel Act and its supporting Design and Delivery Guidance the Welsh Government has put in place the structural framework for change in Wales.
"This Action Plan aims to build on that to ensure active travel infrastructure provision and promotion is routinely considered in policy making by government, at a national and local level, and their partners.
"I would like to thank to the Active Travel Board, under the chairmanship of Professor Cole, for its support in developing this plan and am confident it will be the next step forward to Wales becoming a truly active nation."
The Action Plan focuses on five interlinked areas of leadership and governance, legislation, infrastructure, behaviour change, skills and training. An annual progress report will be published to monitor targets in the Action Plan.