Wheelwrights Manifesto

Swansea Green Party has given its wholehearted backing to the Wheelwrights Manifesto to be launched on Thursday (15 April).

Wheelwrights is a Swansea based cycle campaign group which aims to improve provision for cyclists in the Swansea Bay area.

Keith M Ross, Green Party Candidate for the Uplands & Brynmill ward said, “I have no hesitation in supporting this manifesto as it is entirely consistent with current Green Party policy, which states, “Walking and cycling … will be given the highest priority in transport planning” .

“I will be at the launch event outside the Civic Centre at 1:30pm on Thursday and look forward to taking part in the cycle ride afterwards.”

WHEELRIGHTS MANIFESTO

Wheelrights is the Swansea Bay cycle campaign group. Our aims are:

  • To encourage and assist potential cyclists to take up cycling and use a bike as a means of transport.
  • To campaign for better provision for cyclists in the Swansea Bay area.
  • To provide information about cycling related activities.

We believe our activities support City and County of Swansea objectives including:

  • An increase in levels of exercise thus reducing obesity and cutting NHS costs.
  • Promotion of a modal shift from car to bike thus reducing traffic congestion.
  • Reduction of stress.
  • ·       Reduction of carbon emissions.

Wheelrights is asking all local Council candidates and political parties to sign up to the following four key objectives, and ask that you pursue them if elected:

1.      Develop more cycle routes so that half the population lives within half a mile of a dedicated cycle route. Currently we estimate that about a third of Swansea`s population live within half a mile of existing cycle routes.

2.      Ensure that new cycle routes, both on and off road, meet strict quality and safety criteria.  And upgrade existing routes where they do not meet these criteria.

3.      Extend the existing policy of 20 mph zones in residential areas so that where possible these can link destinations – in particular schools.  Integrate this with the development of safe routes to schools, universities and colleges, and places of work.

4.      Promote cycle training in particular for school children but also adults.

For more details contact: Nick Guy, Chairman; 01792 476178;   nick.bike@hotmail.co.uk

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One response to this post.

  1. Small article in today’s Evening Post (page 22) (http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Political-support-cycle-route-appeal/story-15567141-detail/story.html).
    In the photograph you can spot three of our local candidates – Keith Ross (front row right), Steve Clegg and Tony Young (towards the back).

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