Welsh Cycling Statement: 28 April 2020

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A summary of a response to a letter Welsh Cycling sent to the First Minister for Wales:

Welsh Cycling are pleased to see cycling recognised as an activity that can maintain health and wellbeing at a time when both are paramount  to the Welsh public. We believe that encouraging people to be active by getting on their bikes is a great way to help protect the NHS.

Due to the sensitivity around lockdown and the range of possible interpretations we are concerned that families who have recently taken up riding their bikes for exercise will now stop and we also fear a hostile reaction towards more regular cyclists including essential workers commuting.

We recommend the provision of:

  • A further simplification and joined up communication approach on what constitutes acceptable recreational cycling. This would improve the understanding of the guidance for cyclists and non-cyclists and to reduce any potential for conflict.
  • Resources and advice for cyclists on riding locally and responsibly within the Welsh Government guidelines. 

As Wales’ leading cycling organisation, we are ready to support all efforts to help people support their mental and physical health by staying active. We will provide advice and best practice to encourage responsible behaviour by anyone on a bike.