Strategy in place for Active Travel boost in Barnsley

Barnsley Council Cabinet has approved an Active Travel Strategy to encourage more people to walk and cycle in Barnsley, improving the quality of life of Barnsley’s residents. 

The strategy sets out how Barnsley will become a town where walking and cycling is a preferred travel choice for all, supported by a connected network of high quality, safe inviting cycle routes and footpaths.

It will help Barnsley achieve its ambitious economic and environmental aspirations as set out recently in the Local Plan and bring a big boost to getting Barnsley active and improving people’s health. 

The Strategy will also enable Barnsley to play a key role in helping to deliver the active travel vision set out recently by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Mayor Dan Jarvis.  The Mayor is to employ an Active Travel Commissioner to work in partnership with the four local authorities in South Yorkshire. The Barnsley Active Travel Strategy will be a key tool to enable this partnership to be a success which will help to get more people active.  

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “I’m delighted this strategy has been approved. It’s the start of achieving our aim of creating a borough where active travel is a preferred choice, supported by a connected network of high quality, safe and inviting cycle routes and footpaths for all people to use.”

“The strategy will go far in improving our residents well-being by getting more people active as well as tackling increased air pollution which traffic congestion is a key contributor.”

This news is linked to Town Spirit. We want to work better together. If everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, together we can make our borough a more welcoming place where people want to live, work and visit.

We’re committed to #LiveIt by encouraging and enabling more people to use active travel. #OwnIt by walking or cycling more for travelling those shorter journeys.

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