Fitness and Well-being
What is Active Travel?
Active Travel means walking and cycling (including the use of mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs) for everyday journeys. These include journeys to work, to the shops or to access services, such as health, leisure centres and bus/rail stations. Active travel is important in promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the negative impacts of traffic upon neighbourhoods and communities.
Active Travel Overview
In September 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 which makes it a legal requirement for Local Authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel within certain settlements in the county, as designated by the Welsh Government.
The Act also requires new road schemes (including road improvement schemes) to consider the needs of pedestrians and cyclists at design stage.
More information on the Active Travel Act can be found on the Welsh Government’s website: Welsh Government - Walking and Cycling
Existing Route Maps (ERMs)
The first stage of the Act required the Council to produce ‘Existing Routes Maps’ (ERMs) to show existing routes in the 10 designated settlements which the Council considered suitable for active travel. Consequently the ERMs only show walking and cycling routes within the settlements which meet Welsh Government set criteria for active travel.
The Act requires that ERMs are reviewed and updated on a 3 year basis to ensure the maps remain current and include routes that have been recently completed or improved. Details of Pembrokeshire’s latest ERMs, which have been approved by Welsh Government, can be found below:
Integrated Network Maps (INMs)
The second stage of the Act required the Council to produce Integrated Network Maps (INMs) setting out the Local Authority’s plans to develop a network of active travel routes and facilities over the next 15 years.
INM proposals were developed through an extensive consultation process with the following aims in mind:
- Improved access to key services and facilities including town centres, employment and retail areas, transport hubs
- Improved access to education facilities such as schools and colleges;
- Improvements to, and expansion of, the existing strategic network in the 10 designated ‘active travel’ settlements in the County.
To view the Consultation Report, produced as part of the ERM & INM development process, please click on the link below:
The Integrated Network Map for each of the ten designated settlements in Pembrokeshire, approved by Welsh Government, can be viewed by clicking on each of the towns listed below:
Please note, the Integrated Network Map for St Dogmaels forms part of Ceredigion’s Active Travel submission to Welsh Government.
The Act requires that INMs are reviewed and updated in accordance with Welsh Government guidance to ensure the maps include all current aspirations for route improvements in the 10 designated ‘active travel’ settlements.
Please note, the development and delivery of the proposals shown on the INM will be dependent on a number of factors including the availability of funding and land. In addition, the proposals contained within the INMs should be taken as indicative and may be subject to change as schemes are further developed.
If you have any suggestions on how existing routes could be improved or new routes that could be developed please contact us via the contact details listed in the following section.
Active Travel Annual Reports
Additionally, the Council is required to produce the following reports on an annual basis:
Annual Report detailing the actions taken in the previous financial year to promote active travel, and the costs incurred for developing new or improved active travel routes and facilities.
Monitoring Report detailing the level of use of active travel routes in the 10 designated ‘active travel’ settlements together with information on new routes that have been improved or constructed.
For further information about active travel in Pembrokeshire please see the contact details below:
Pembrokeshire County Council
Transport Strategy Unit
Highways & Construction Department
Telephone: 01437 775435
The Pembrokeshire Trail extends approximately 35 miles from Newport in the North to Amroth in the South. Circular walks/trails connect with the Trail along its length, enabling access to historic towns and communities.
The Trail was developed with funding from the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013 funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Regional Transport Plan grant. The development of the project was led by Pembrokeshire County Council.
The Trail is available for walkers along the whole length. For cyclists and horse-riders there are certain parts with are not accessible so alternative routes have been identified.