Cyclists in Swansea are being treated to a multi-million pound boost to develop new cycle networks across the city.
Swansea Council has successfully bid for £2,068,000 to help fund the expansion of its existing cycle network and help boost the number of people cycling.
The funding has been secured from the Welsh Government through its Active Travel Fund (ATF) – where a total of £60 million is available to councils in Wales over the next three years.
The funding provided to Swansea has been divided into two settlements – strategic and local schemes.
One of the main schemes to benefit from the funding will be a 16km off-road route from Llansamlet to Gorseinon. Further strategic initiatives include Swansea Vale Link Road Shared Use Path, Tir Canol Link and Sketty Widening.
Schemes that will be delivered on a local level include; Cwm Level Link, Trallwn Link, Birchgrove Link, Singleton Parks Links and Ynystawe Link.
The first of the schemes to be improved will include Sketty Lane cycle path widening, Singleton Park and Ynystawe.
Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said:
“This is a major investment in Swansea to provide a real boost to our existing cycle network.
“We consider cycling a serious mode of transport as well as a healthy pastime for many. It’s vital we have good and safe cycle routes right across the city that will not only provide a safe environment for cyclists but will also encourage more people to consider cycling as a way of getting around.”
Swansea has around 50km of cycle network in place and in April 2018 the Welsh Government approved the Council’s Integrated Network Map which features proposals for new cycle routes after an extensive public consultation.
All councils in Wales must produce the map as part of the Active Travel (Wales) Act which came into force in 2013.
A new 1.2km route has recently been completed along Cwm Road in Hafod.
Cllr Thomas added:
“It’s important that we have a long term vision for the future creation of cycle and walking routes.
“We received a positive response from the public during the consultation where they highlighted where they would like to see the development of new routes.”