Hundreds of people descended on the Senedd to take part in the annual ‘Cycle on the Senedd’ lobby event to promote greater use of cycling in daily life and to encourage more investment in cycling infrastructure as outlined in the Welsh Government’s ground-breaking 2013 ‘Active Travel Act’.
Organised by the National Assembly’s Active Travel Group, the event was supported by various cycling groups and individual cyclists right across Wales, along with a wide range of local and national organisations.
Starting from the Pedal Power Centre in Pontcanna, the cyclists joined with others at Cardiff Bay where around two hundred people took part in the ride including Assembly Members, Ministers, walking and cycling groups and a large number of health and environmental organisations.
Event organiser, Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies who is also Chair of the National Assembly’s Group on Active Travel, joined the cyclists on the ride, supporting their call for more resources to create safer walking and cycling across Wales.
Speaking after the event the Ogmore AM said: “It was inspiring to see people from all over Wales take part in the ride and to see so many Assembly Members joining in too. We had huge support for our rally from cyclists and non-cyclists and my thanks to everyone who showed up to support us, particularly the many organisations whose ongoing work continues to strive for safer and healthier active travel and lifestyles.
Active Travel has a huge amount to offer Wales but it will only happen if we have the resources in place and an effective plan to deliver the safe infrastructure we need. If we get it right we will help tackle many of Wales’ most pressing problems, such as carbon emissions, air quality, physical inactivity and traffic congestion.”