The Rhondda AM is to host a public meeting to discuss the future of cycling in the Fach and Fawr.
Leanne Wood will also be unveiling a policy document she has worked on in collaboration with the cycling charity Sustrans at the free event in Treorci.
The meeting aims to bring together people from various groups to come up with ways in which cycling in the Rhondda can be improved for everyone. Cycling infrastructure in the Rhondda is poor when compared with neighbouring valleys in south Wales with little or no provision in the Fawr and improvements needed for the network in the Fach.
Leanne said: “It doesn’t matter what type of cycling you’re interested in, this meeting should be of interest to anyone with a desire to see cycling improve in the Rhondda. As someone who has tried to cycle in and around my home of Penygraig, I know it can be a frustrating and dangerous experience.
“Cycling infrastructure in the Rhondda is lagging behind and I would like to be part of a team effort that brings it up to scratch. We are blessed with world class cycling routes for mountain biking and road biking – it is time we made the most of them by providing the infrastructure needed to make them more accessible. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could link up the Rhondda Tunnel with the Barry Sidings Bike Park in the Trehafod?
“It is also about giving people the opportunity to commute by bike by providing a safe route up and down the valleys. This kind of infrastructure has been done in other countries and been done in other parts of Wales so there is no reason why it cannot be replicated in the Rhondda.”
Leanne added: “This meeting is about bringing people together and working out the best way in which we can achieve some common goals. A warm welcome awaits anyone who wants to see the Rhondda become the mecca for cycling it has always been capable of becoming.”
This free event will take place at the Cardiff Arms in Treorci on Monday September 9th at 7pm. All are welcome.