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This page is about our present and some past campaigning.
Clyne Common: a petition for a cycle path
With more people than ever cycling across Clyne Common renewed efforts to get a cycle path across it are being made. This article, which appeared in the March 2017 Bishopston Newsletter, describes what is proposed. If you would like to support this please sign this petition.

Kingsway Consultation: Wheelrights and Cycling UK submissions
These were submitted in March 2017. This is Wheelrights and this Cycling UK's submission.

Swansea Tidal lagoon
Following the Hendry report it seems increasingly likely that this will go ahead. However there are still hurdles to be crossed and the Tidal Lagoon Company have asked us (amongst others) to help them. The way they suggest you do this is to download this sign and after "I want" add your own reason for wanting the Lagoon to go ahead, then take a selfie to go with it and use social media to dispatch. Click here for how to do this. Wheelrights reasons for wanting it to go ahead are twofold: The ability to cycle round the Lagoon and, perhaps more importantly, that the access road to the Lagoon will incorporate a cycle path which will form part of a new and more direct route between Swansea and the Bay Campus. (The Fabian Way Corridor article on p. 7 of the Spring 2016 Newsletter describes this.)

Swansea LDP: Wheelrights submission
This map shows potential cycle routes in Swansea. It was submitted for inclusion in the LDP in August 2016.

Space for Cycling
Underlying the visit of Ben Hamilton-Bailey in January was the message that the Council should provide space for cycling in Swansea. This CTC video indicates what is needed, as do also the Poynton and New York videos in the "Models to follow" section on the Infrastructure page.

You are here: Swansea
This is a council initiatve to gather ideas for the regeneration of the city centre. You can read about it on their website. We along with other organisations have been invited to provide a "You are here Swansea Manifesto" for it, which we have done. It should feature in the local press. Here are ours, Gordon Gibson's and Sustrans.

Fabian Way Corridor: consultation
Wheelrights took up the invitation to respond to these plans. Click here for Wheelrights response, submitted in January 2016.

Local Transport Plan: consultation
Click Wheelrights, Carmarthen Cycle Group or Sustrans for the responses of these groups (in the autumn of 2014) to the invitation to consult on this plan.

Welsh Government Active Travel Act: consultation
Wheelrights have responded to the various consultation opportunities; most recently in August this year when it was in force, ie the Bill had become an Act. Three documents, prepared by David Judd, were then submitted: Response 1, Response 2 and Response 3
On 2 April 2013 we responded to the draft Bill and before that on 9 May 2012 to the White Paper. The Active Travel Bill consultation and the White Paper consultation are our respective responses. This link is to the Act and associated Explanatory Memo (in the table under "Documents") and here is the original White Paper.
Our response echoes those of the CTC and Sustrans in that we strongly support the objectives of the Bill, namely to get people out of their cars. We welcomed the various measures proposed to facilitate this but pointed out the need for the document to be more specific in some areas - eg to not always bracket cyclists and walkers - and to clarify sources of funding. We like the principle that funding should be linked to how effective proposed measures would be in facilitating active travel. However we were concerned that the draft Bill was much weaker than the White Paper it was meant to enable and in our second consultation we asked for the Bill to be brought in line with the White Paper.

Bikes on Trains
In 2013 and this year Wheelrights have lobbied for more space on trains for bikes, in 2013 on the electric trains to ply beteen Paddington and Swansea (in 2017 or 2018) and this year we lobbied Arriva Trains Wales (ATW). It remains to be seen if the former bears fruit, but the latter met with a rebuff - no additional provision is planned. The 18 page report: Bikes on Trains, kindly sent to us by Sustrans and sent to ATW, provides a useful reference for good (and bad) practice for bike provison.

Cycle Action Plan 2012-14
Swansea Council's Cycle Action Plan can be viewed/downloaded here.

Wheelrights Manifesto
With the local elections coming up in May 2012 we have drafted a Manifesto. It takes the form of a letter to send to candidates. This invites them to pledge their support to the following four objectives:

  1. Develop more cycle routes so that the estimated third of Swansea's population who live within half a mile of a dedicated cycle route is increased to a half.
  2. Ensure that new cycle routes, both on and off road, meet strict quality and safety criteria. And update existing routes where they do not meet these criteria.
  3. Extend the exisiting policy of 20 mph zones in residential areas so that where possible these can link destinations - in particular schools. Integrate this with the development of safe routes to schools, universities and colleges, and places of work.
  4. Promote cycle training in particular for school children but also adults.
Here is a pdf of the letter should you wish to view it or send it to a candidate.

A shared path code
Wheelrights, in collaboration with Swansea's Cycling Officer, have prepared a sort of mini-highway code to encourage cyclists, pedestrians and other users of the Swansea Bay path to respect each other. It is particularly aimed at kids and uses as a theme the old Mumbles steam train on which a boy with a bell warned pedestrians of the approach of the train. The code is in the form of an A5 poster with a picture of the train and a poem on one side with the code on the back. To view/download it click Shared path code. It is intended for distribution at appropriate events. Copies can be obtained from the Cycling Officer. Enquire at the Civic Centre.

Change4Life
Change4Life provides information about this National organisation which should be of interest to Wheelrights members and indeed to anybody seeking advice on how to benefit from a more active life style. Of particular interest to us is Bike4Life. This is a colourful 16 page downloadable document which provides a wealth of information to help you get cycling, including useful links.

Earlier campaigning
This archive provides details of some of our previous campaigning enterprises.

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Page updated on 14 April 2017.