Swansea’s cycle routes utilization triples


Digital cycle-counters put in alongside lots of the routes alongside Swansea Bay have recorded a tripling of cyclists utilizing routes in 2020 in comparison with earlier years with cyclists per leaping from 50 per hour to 140 at Blackpill and 10 per hour as much as 30 at Morfa.

There are extra 120 kilometres of off-road cycle routes stretching throughout the town offering secure cycle and strolling routes for cyclists and kids strolling to and from faculty.

Swansea Council is continuous to speculate hundreds of thousands in new cycle and strolling routes, utilising Energetic Journey funding it has efficiently bid for from the Welsh Authorities.

In 2020/21 the Council secured £5.1million from the WG Energetic Journey programme to create new cycle infrastructure within the metropolis, taking the overall invested in Swansea to greater than £12 million within the final three years.

In July 2019, schoolchildren in Ynystawe Major Faculty helped the council open two kilometres of name new off-road cycle and strolling routes, offering secure routes to and from the college and linking up with present networks close to the college.

An analogous route, stretching for two.7km is ready to be accomplished quickly between Kingsbridge and Gowerton.

Mark Thomas, Cupboard Member for Surroundings Enhancement and Infrastructure Administration, mentioned: “Now we have been enormously profitable in securing a lot wanted funding to create secure and accessible cycle infrastructure all through Swansea. That is wanted to encourage extra folks to go away the automobile at house and use biking as a mode of transport – whether or not it’s to commute to work or just as a manner of staying wholesome.

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“Our newest information additionally reveals that is having a constructive impression in growing the variety of cyclists in Swansea and I’m certain it’s serving to to cut back carbon emissions and make our metropolis extra inexperienced.

“Schoolchildren are additionally benefitting from these new routes with higher alternatives for them to stroll or cycle to highschool and assist cut back the variety of vehicles parked outdoors some colleges at first and finish of the college day.

“Swansea is a bike-friendly metropolis and we must be pleased with the massive strides we’ve made in creating extra routes for folks to get pleasure from and encourage a extra wholesome and inexperienced metropolis.”

The newest funding authorised by the Council in July 2020 will now be invested within the creation of an extra 9 kilometres of cycle and strolling routes, linking up with nationwide cycle community routes within the metropolis.

The brand new routes had been all authorised following a 3 month session when the Council submitted its Built-in Community Map to the Welsh Authorities in 2018.

Cllr Thomas added: “All councils in Wales had been required to develop a city-wide map of present and future cycle routes. This map has been important in our efforts to safe funding from the Welsh Authorities and to proceed with our proposals to create an in depth community for cyclists and make our metropolis greener.”


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