The new Nextbike hire scheme has official launched in Cardiff and most of Cardiff's inner city areas now have at least one station. If you live or work in Cathays, Roath, Grangetown, Cardiff Bay or any of the other locations coming online as we type this, you can go and rent a bike. So, how do you get started?
There are two words that are often used interchangeably when it comes to cycling, 'Encouraging' and 'enabling'. Both are positive-sounding words beginning with the same two letters and ending with the same three, but that is where the similarities end.
It is far too easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Cardiff's problems are unique to Cardiff. Traffic is a global pandemic. Cities in every corner of the world are wrestling with dangerous levels of pollution; bulging waistlines and despite being more "connected" than ever, our physical bodies have never been so isolated.
As a species it is probably fair to say that we don't always have the answers. Thanks to giant leaps in scientific discovery, we often find that just because something has become "normal", it doesn't always mean that it was right.
Whilst I try to send you off on your weekends with something to inspire you, a phrase caught our attention this week that required further investigation. A long while ago I wrote about why nothing ever changes. Whilst human nature is a big part of it, the symbiotic relationship between the economy and motoring is … Continue reading The Motoring Industrial Complex
If you've been inspired by Ronde van Vlaanderen and classics like Gent–Wevelgem here are some pavé roads we've cobbled together that are right on our door step here in South Wales.
The council has just published its transport and clean air green paper and is seeking comments from all of us on some of the ideas it is putting forward. A far cry from the frankly dismal Economic green paper we've already talked about, this document has some genuinely interesting ideas for how we can change … Continue reading Cardiff’s Transport and Clean Air Green Paper
Cardiff may be a fairly new city in the grand scheme of things, but thanks to the changing needs of the population over the past two centuries it has become a collection of different ideas, all somehow blended together. Whilst some ideas may have made sense at the time, others should be consigned to history and forgotten.
There’s a scene in the Matrix where Keanu Reeves’ character Neo is in a crowd of people pushing and shoving, when suddenly a beautiful woman in a red dress walks past, catching his eye.