William Powell AM comments on ‘disappointing’ Walking and Cycling figures
By William Powell
William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Environment spokesperson has described figures in a statistical bulletin on the Walking and Cycling Action Plan as disappointing.
Mr Powell commented
: "The Monitoring Interim Update has shown that the Welsh Government has made almost no progress on increasing the number of people walking and cycling."
- The first target was to increase the percentage of children who walk to school to match the UK national average of 46% in 2005/06. At the time Wales was on 37%. It has fallen to 28% in 2009/10. An alterative survey puts the figure at 41% by June 2011 but that's still far from satisfactory.
- The second target of tripling the percentage of children cycling to school in Wales has no data beyond the baseline year - (can this be made clearer?).
- The third target was to increase the number of people who walk to work to 20%. From the baseline of 10.3% we have moved to 11.3% with the percentage of men actually decreasing from 7.8% to 7.6%.
- The fourth target was to triple the number of adult cyclists which has in fact increased, but only from 1.4% to 1.6%.
- Another target was to increase the number of people walking for recreation to 50% from 40% in 2004/05. This has decreased to 34%.
- The final target was to double the number of adult cyclists. This has so far increased from 5% to 8%.
"People walking and cycling more and driving less is just one of the ways that we can help the environment and bear down on climate change.
"It's very concerning to see such disappointing figures and I will be calling upon the government to work harder to achieve their own targets."
Notes to Editors:
'A Walking & Cycling Action Plan for Wales 2009 - 2013' brings together the Welsh Government's key initiatives to support walking and cycling in Wales. The plan aims to deliver behavioural change so that more people, of all ages, walk and cycle more often. To achieve this behavioural change a series of aims and actions have been brought together to encourage greater participation and to provide improved infrastructure to enable greater participation. The plan links into two of the Wales Transport Strategy's key objectives, the promotion of more sustainable travel options and to make walking and cycling the public's first choice for shorter journeys.
Link to the statistics.
Here is the link to the Action Plan: