'Seismic' roads review a victory for cyclists – and the planet

All new road projects in Wales must now be aimed at reducing car use and encouraging active transport

Image shows a rider completing a workout while cycle commuting to work.
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"Seismic". That was how Cycling UK described the Welsh government's decision to scrap all its road building plans, and to start afresh with an eye on encouraging sustainable and active transport over car use.

From now on, road building projects in Wales will have to meet four separate criteria which seek to reduce carbon emissions, encourage cycling, walking and public transport use, and improve safety.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.