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Hundreds ride on Welsh Assembly to call for doubling of spend on active travel

Cycle on the Senedd took place in Cardiff today with support across political spectrum

Less than two months after Geraint Thomas appeared on stage outside the Senedd in Cardiff amid celebrations of his Tour de France victory, hundreds of cyclists have today converged on the building that houses the National Assembly of Wales to call for investment in active travel in the country to be doubled.

Labour, Liberal Democrat, Conservative and Plaid Cymru politicians joined the event, called Cycle on the Senedd, to support their appeal for annual spend on cycling and walking to be increased to £20 per head from the current £10.

It also had support from organisations including the British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Friends of the Earth Cymru, Living Streets, Oxfam Cymru, Sustrans Cymru, Welsh Cycling and WWF Cymru.

The increase in spending was recommended in a recent report from the Welsh Assembly’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee.

The event was organised by voluntary organisation Cardiff Cycle City, which said: "We are delighted to have had the support of such a wide range of organisations; it demonstrates how this issue goes way beyond cycling.

“Active travel can help tackle some of Wales's greatest challenges such as climate change, air quality and obesity. 

“We are determined to convince Welsh Government that if they are serious about the Active Travel Act, they really need to finance it properly. 

“There is evidence that every £1 invested in walking and cycling produces £14 in benefits,  Not investing in active travel is just storing up problems for the future,” it added.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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