PLANS are in place to establish an “active travel hub” at a community centre in Rhyl.

UK-based cycling charity Sustrans, in partnership with Rhyl Community Association, wants to develop a “prominently positioned and public-facing heart of activity” within the town’s Ffordd Las Community Centre.

An online questionnaire has been posted looking to canvas the thoughts of residents on the scheme.


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The hub would be based out of a converted shipping container, located within the grounds of the centre.

It would provide affordable e-bike hire, secure cycle storage and bespoke workshop facilities.

Sustrans adds on the questionnaire: “The active travel hub will break down transport barriers to low-income communities in Rhyl, prioritising those who are unemployed, women, people of colour, and other marginalised groups with the aim of increasing access to education, employment and services, improving wellbeing, health, and quality of life.”

The active travel hub will aim to:

  • Provide training, knowledge and support on travelling actively.
  • Create skilled volunteering opportunities.
  • Facilitate social gathering and build confidence.

Sustrans will look to deliver:

  • Free/low-cost cycle loans available hourly, daily or longer-term
  • Volunteer training in bike repair/maintenance, leading walks/rides, and event delivery.
  • Monthly bike refurbishment/repair sessions and maintenance training classes (36 in total).
  • 10 cycle skills training sessions a year for adults, children, women, prioritising marginalised groups (30 in total).
  • 10 led ‘walk and wheel’ and cycle rides a year (30 in total).
  • Pop-up events.
  • Information and guidance on equipment, local journey planning including connecting with public transport.

Training and services would be offered on a free/low-cost basis to those on low incomes, to help support the hub’s longer-term sustainability.

Active Travel means walking and cycling (including electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters) for everyday short-distance journeys.

This includes journeys to school, work, or for access to shops, services and bus/rail stations.

It does not include journeys made purely for recreation or social reasons.