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Children's Commissioner for Wales The Children's Commissioner for Wales is a publicly funded post in Wales, with responsibility for protecting children's rights as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Peter Clarke was the Commissioner from its introduction in 2001 until his death in 2007. , Keith Towler, is backing an assembly committee attempt to increase the number of traffic-free paths for walking and cycling.

The proposal to impose a duty on local authorities to develop and maintain a network of paths for walkers, cyclists This is an incomplete list. Please add to this list if you are aware of an omission. This is a list of cyclists by decade. Cyclists by decade
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 and disabled people was made by a coalition of organisations in Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff.  led by Sustrans.

"A legal duty on Highway Authorities to develop and maintain a network of traffic-free routes could make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Wales. It could benefit their general health and well-being, tackle childhood obesity, provide safer routes to schools and greater access to play areas," said Towler.

"It is also refreshing to note that children and young people's issues have been raised in what might traditionally be seen as an adult-dominated arena,"

This is the first time a proposal has come forward from civil society under the Welsh Assembly's new law making powers. It has the support of organisations representing businesses, children, older people, health experts and a range of environmental charities.

Lee Waters, National Director of Sustrans Cymru, commented: "We are delighted that the Children's Commissioner Children's Commissioner could refer to:
  • Children's Commissioner for England
  • Children's Commissioner for Northern Ireland
  • Children's Commissioner for Scotland is another term for Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP)
 for children in Wales has now added his independent voice.

"To encourage people to walk and cycle more often we need a network of well-maintained traffic-free paths. Left to their own devices Highway Engineers will not put pedestrians and cyclists first. Our proposal will help address the problems that the Assembly Government is committed to address. Now is the time for ministers to follow through."

Further information about Sustrans, including detailed online route mapping, is available at: www.sustrans.org.uk
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Date:Mar 1, 2009
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