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Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

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Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 became law in Wales on 4th November 2013, making it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to continuously improve facilities and routes for walkers and cyclists (non-motorized users) in settlements with a population of 2,000 or more within a built up area.
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Active Travel report to Welsh Government 2019-2020 (PDF)

The Act requires local authorities to prepare maps identifying current and potential future routes for their use as well as ensuring new road schemes (including road improvement schemes) consider the needs of walkers and cyclists at design stage.

Conwy CBC initial consultation period on the production of existing route maps concluded in early January 2016 with the Authority submitting the audited route maps for approval from the Welsh Government on the 22nd January 2016.

Ministerial approval was awarded to Conwy on the 14th August 2016 for its existing route mapping:

Consultation on the integrated network map (INM) / aspired new routes is proposed for commencement in Autumn 2016. Further information on INM routes (web link)

The Welsh Government's definition of 'Active Travel'

Active Travel means walking or cycling as an alternative to motorized transport (cars, buses etc.) for the purpose of making everyday journeys. The term "walker" includes all non-motorized users i.e. wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters and other mobility aids.

An Active Travel is 'a journey made to or from a workplace or educational establishment or to access other services or facilities'. This covers for example short-distance commuting, travel to school, shops, leisure facilities etc. The route has to connect to facilities and services and be suitable for utility, everyday journeys. It does not cover routes or sections of routes that are just used for leisure or recreational purposes.

For further information on Active Travel visit DTLl / ATW

Active Travel Routes in Conwy

Existing active travel routes should be suitable for walking or cycling (including use by other non-motorized users).

Settlements that meet the requirements of 'Active Travel Areas' by Welsh Government in Conwy have been identified as:

  • Abergele and Pensarn
  • Colwyn Bay
  • Conwy
  • Deganwy
  • Llandudno
  • Llanfairfechan
  • Llanrwst
  • Llansanffraid Glan Conwy
  • Llysfaen
  • Old Colwyn
  • Penmaenmawr
  • Rhos-on-Sea
  • Towyn and Kinmel Bay.

However there are wider implications in terms of the Authority having regard to the needs of walkers and cyclists in exercising a number of highway authority functions, and this can be extended to any new development where opportunities are available to include improvements to facilities for walking and cycling purposes.

Feedback / Contact:

If you have any feedback on any existing routes or wish to propose a new route / link please contact us at activetravel@conwy.gov.uk   


The timetable put in place by the Active Travel Act is as follows:

  • 22 January 2016 Submission of the existing route maps (ERM) to Welsh Government.
  • Ministerial approval awarded to Conwy on the 14th August 2016 for its existing route mapping.
  • 24 September 2017 Submission of the integrated network map (INM) and resubmission of the existing route map (ERM) to Welsh Government.
  • 24 September 2020 Resubmission of the existing route map (ERM) and the integrated network map (INM) to Welsh Government. Pages in this section
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