Gwynedd Council is reminding the public that it would like to hear their views and thoughts on how cycling and walking provision can be improved in your local area as they shape plans to improve towns and villages in Gwynedd, and make them better places to live, work and visit.
The Gwynedd Active Travel project focuses on 12 towns in Gwynedd – Bangor, Y Felinheli, Bethesda, Caernarfon, Pwllheli, Porthmadog, Tremadog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bala, Dolgellau, Barmouth and Tywyn. These locations were chosen because they contain facilities such as schools, leisure centres, local shopping districts and transport interchanges which people travel short distances to regularly.
To get involved and have your say, simply visit gwynedd.commonplace.is and pin your comment on to the digital map of Gwynedd by 30 April. The 12 towns have been shaded on the online map. You can comment about things outside of these places, but our main focus is to improve areas where there is the greatest need for change and highest potential for more people to choose active travel.
Councillor Gareth Griffith, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “The aim is to make active travel the normal way to get around for local journeys. This cuts down unnecessary traffic and helps families get about safely, improves air quality and increases the attractiveness of places to live and work.
“When leaving your comments on the online map, think about the local journeys you make and tell us where the problem areas are. For example, on the school run, is there a junction which is really difficult to cross as a pedestrian and so you avoid it? Do you know where a dropped kerb is needed on your way to work, or where there’s a missing section of cycle route which would mean you would use your bike more?
“By giving us details like these, and if other people agree by giving it a thumbs up, we will be able to build up a picture of where the priority areas for improvements are. So go gwynedd.commonplace.is and have your say. ”
The project is part of a nation-wide initiative in Wales. Every three years Welsh local authorities involve local people when updating their active travel network plans under The Active Travel (Wales) Act.
The consultation closes 30 April.