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More cycling routes being developed in Swansea

Measures to help people be more active following the Christmas and New Year celebrations are ongoing in Swansea.

Cycling in Swansea

Swansea Council has started a number of schemes in the city to create more cycle routes and encourage families to ditch the car and cycle to work, school or just for fun.

The improvement works follow a successful bid to the Welsh Government for more than £2 million of Active Travel Funding which was allocated to Swansea in the summer of 2018.

A widening scheme of the popular promenade cycle track near Sketty Lane is almost complete and further schemes included in the programme have started.

The first is at Ynystawe where a 0.6km section of cycle track is being constructed to provide a vital link between the community and Clydach.

Work has also started on a footway widening scheme in Swansea Vale and when completed will provide a shared 2.6km cycle/footway from Birchgrove to Morriston Hospital.

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.

Under the Active Travel programme, further projects are expected to commence in February including works at Trallwn, Singleton, Cwm Level, Birchgrove and Llansamlet.

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