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Published: 14th JUNE 2021

Young people in Wales have their say on Safer Active Travel Routes

The Welsh Government is supporting the development of Active Travel Routes with the Road Safety and Safe Routes in Communities Grants, available to local authorities in Wales.

Young people in Wales have their say on Safer Active Travel Routes

Students at Radnor Primary School in Canton have been working with Cardiff Council and ߣߣƵ Cymru on a Safe Routes in the Community consultation.

Safer Routes grants, alongside the support of our Active Journeys Programme, are helping schools such as Radnor Primary to safely, easily and confidently travel to school by foot, bike and scooter.

Welsh Government support

The Welsh Government have committed to increasing the number of children who travel actively to school.

This is made possible by funding streams including Active Journeys and Safer Routes, to improve the environment for walking, cycling, wheeling and scooting around schools.

Making active travel routes safer is an important part of the process to successfully increase levels of active travel amongst school communities.

Young people have their say

Radnor Primary school, Canton are part of our Active Journeys Programme, having already shown a strong commitment to active travel since 2017.

Recently, students at Radnor Primary have been taking part in some Safe Routes in the Community engagement work to consider improvements being developed on the streets around the school.

This was an important opportunity to allow young people to have their say about future active travel developments.

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This means it’s going to be safer so more and more children can go to school on bikes. Blockquote quotation marks
Pupil at Radnor Primary School

Students were asked to look at plans, and answer survey questions to discuss whether they agreed or disagreed with the proposed developments.

Students gave feedback on their own ideas, using a grid map to pinpoint specific locations along travel routes that they had issues or concerns about.

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Some ideas proposed included informal crossing points, traffic filters, extended pavement areas and traffic calming chicanes.

Most of the pupils said they would like to see priority for cycling on their school streets and explained their reasons for suggesting changes.

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To make the area better for those who travel to school by bike and for locals too. Blockquote quotation marks
Pupil at Radnor Primary School

The consultation is a great example of young people being given the opportunity to have their say on travel developments that impact their future journeys to school.

Cardiff Councils Active Travel Team

The student’s feedback on the proposal, as well as new ideas, have been submitted to Cardiff Council.

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For us it has worked really well and something we would look to do on future schemes. We have digested the scores and comments from the pupils and started to discussions about how we might be able to accommodate some of their thoughts and ideas. We found the exercise and feedback really useful. We felt the exercise demonstrated a good understanding from the pupils and the format worked really well. Blockquote quotation marks
Lindsey Brown from Cardiff’s Active Travel Team

The future of Active Travel at Radnor Primary School

Patrick Williams, ߣߣƵ Cymru’s National Programme Manager for the Active Travel Fund, reflects on the benefits and outcomes based on the student's suggestions:

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Excellent feedback, which has now led to the initial proposal being changed to include footway widening at both entrances – with interventions designed by the students. Blockquote quotation marks
Patrick Williams, ߣߣƵ Cymru

Key suggestions, coming from the engagement work and requested by the students included:

  • better informal crossing points
  • extended pavement areas
  • natural greenery
  • widened pavements
  • priority for cycling.

At Radnor Primary, the Safe Routes in Communities funding, in addition to our Active Journeys Programme continues to support Active Travel for safer roads, cleaner air and healthier children.

Ensuring routes to school are safer and more accessible can give students the confidence to travel actively more often.

Find out more about our Active Journeys programme.

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