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.
One thing the snow can give us is a sense of perspective. Just like at Christmas, everything stops. We stay at home; we spend time with our families and we get out and walk places. Our world falls silent.
How many of Cardiff's businesses would be willing to sign up to something like this?
It's always good to find a video that eloquently and succinctly makes the usual, but no less compelling arguments for cycling.
This week the Welsh Government issued its latest Active Travel newsletter. It suggests that the Active Travel Design Guidance is due for a refresh and invites you to email the active travel team with your suggestions. Since the guidance was first issued things have moved on a little, with innovative new ideas coming to light … Continue reading Have your say on the refresh of the Active Travel Design Guidance…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbuiXL_uWpU British Cycling has just launched its #ChooseCycling Charter with the aim of transforming Britain into a true cycling nation. The charter is formed of three strands --Better places; Smarter investment; and Strong leadership. It echoes many of the aims we've heard a number of times already -- a programme to deliver networks of cycle infrastructure; investment … Continue reading #ChooseCycling Charter launches!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha7VKDNLHpE A little while ago the BBC did this short piece on envisaging towns without cars. Here in Cardiff people are quite attached to their cars, but times are supposed to be changing. This motoring fixation, as we've discussed many times before, has a cost --aside from spending nearly a week sitting in traffic jams … Continue reading Could you manage without a car?
In case you missed it, Cardiff Council has had the go-ahead for a massive new development plan, which will include around 41,400 new homes in a number of locations around Cardiff. Some of these homes have already been built, but there are 5,000 homes planned for the pretty, green area between Radyr and St Fagans; … Continue reading Cardiff’s Forthcoming Growth Spurt…
Whilst we are no fans of the Western Mail's brand of inflammatory tabloid-quality reporting, one article published this week deserves some further thought. They lead with the notion that "only" 11 people on bikes were fined for riding on the pavements in the whole of Wales last year. However, Cardiff Council and no doubt others … Continue reading The Perils of Pavement Cycling and One-sided Tabloid Articles…