A new cycle path along the A4138 is being heralded as a wonderful step forward in encouraging people to ‘get on their bikes’ by Llangennech councillor Stephen Hughes. Stephen is trying to promote the new track as part of a drive to encourage people to cycle and to visit Llangennech.
The path, which starts just after the Troserch roundabout runs to the Dafen industrial estate roundabout and crosses onto the most recently completed section stretching from Llethri Rd up to Calsonic and Swiss Valley and is roughly 2.3 mile of segregated cycle lane.
It is part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s plan to build an integrated cycle network making it easier to travel sustainably in accordance with the Active Travel Act 2013. Carmarthenshire intends to become the cycling capital of Wales and this is one such example of ambition to provide a first class network of safe routes. 20% of car journeys are barely 1 mile long and there is an onus upon current policymakers at all levels to provide an infrastructure to incentivise active travel to help the environment, public health/wellbeing and congestion levels.
The path is open to cyclists, walkers and runners. Segregated cycle lanes have proven to be the most effective way of encouraging more people to travel by bike. It provides access to the National Cycle Network Route 47 to Burry Port or Tumble, hence the emphasis on ‘integrated network’.
Stephen has made a video, which you can watch here.