Consulting on walking & cycling routes

Monmouthshire CC are currently consulting on its walking & cycling "Existing Routes Maps". The deadline is 21 December. See - do you use any of the routes shown on the draft maps for walking or cycling? how would you rate their quality? Any other comments?

Posted by ChristianSchmidt on the 12th Oct 2015.

The submission of Existing Active Travel Routes Maps by is a requirement under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. The act aims to make active travel the most attractive option for shorter journeys. Enabling more people to undertake active travel will mean more people can enjoy the health benefits of active travel, help reduce greenhouse emissions, tackle poverty and disadvantage and help our economy to grow.

The Act requires local authorities in Wales to produce active travel maps and deliver year on year improvements in active travel routes and facilities. It requires all highways authorities in Wales to make enhancements to routes and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in all new road schemes and to have regard to the needs of walkers and cyclists in a range of other highway authority functions. It also requires the Welsh Ministers and local authorities to promote active travel journeys in exercising their functions under this act.

The first stage requires local authorities to produce an ‘Existing Routes Map’ for each ‘designated area’ and submit these to Welsh Government by 22 January 2016. The seven designated areas in Monmouthshire are:

  • Abergavenny
  • Caldicot
  • Chepstow
  • Gilwern
  • Magor & Undy
  • Monmouth
  • Usk

Routes to be included need to be fit for everyday journeys (journeys to work, school, to access shops or services, etc). The council has considered a number of routes in each of the settlements, and audited them in accordance with the standards set out in the Welsh Government’s Design Guidance. The results are shown in the attached maps and route summary sheet.

 We are now seeking your views on these maps. Do you use any of the routes shown on the draft maps for walking or cycling? How would you rate the quality of the routes? Are there any particular issues with any of the routes not already captured through the audit? Are there any routes not shown on the existing routes map that should be added to it? Are there any that you would like to walk or cycle but do not feel able to? Do you have any other comments you wish to make about walking and cycling in Monmouthshire?

 The routes maps, a summary statement of the routes audit, a consultation questionnaire and links to the act and guidance documents can be found at To respond to the consultation, please complete the questionnaire, or write to Active Travel Consultation, Passenger Transport Unit, Monmouthshire County Council, PO Box 106, Caldicot NP26 9AN or email There will also be exhibition days in each of settlement, dates / venues to be confirmed.

The consultation closes on 21 December 2015.

If you have any queries, or require further information, please email me on


Kathryn - Hi Christian. This is a great as a link through to the questionnaire. Have you considered adding some key questions or polls on here for people to respond to? For example "Do you have any comments you wish to make about walking and cycling in Monmouthshire?" or how often to you walk or cycle? Good luck with the consultation!