Whilst the long wait to see Cardiff’s Integrated Network Map in 2017 is frustrating, the planning for September 2017 starts now. By the end of 2016 the Council is hoping to have consulted on its new cycling strategy.
How this strategy will look; how ambitious it will be and how likely it is to help meet their 50/50 modal split is still a mystery. However, Cardiff Cycle City are holding a Q&A session with the councillor responsible for active travel, Chris Weaver later this month that will hopefully answer a few questions and allow people to get involved in how this strategy will pan out.
Have your say on cycling in Cardiff. Cardiff Cycle City are giving you a chance to find out what the council are planning for cycling in the city and to put forward your views. Come along to our question and answer session with Cllr Chris Weaver, Assistant Cabinet Member for Active Travel & Wellbeing on the City Council. The free event is being held on Thursday June 29th at 6.00pm in the upstairs room at O’Neill’s, 85-87 St Mary Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 1DW. Places are limited so please register here on Eventbrite. Hot and cold food is available from the bar. View the menu here: http://bit.ly/21aTkN3
It’s a free event, starting at 6pm upstairs in O’Neills (at the end of Wood Street, opposite the Prince of Wales pub).
However, whether you can come along or not we hope that you will get involved in shaping how the strategy will look between now and December 2016.
When we see something resembling a plan appear on the Council website asking for feedback, we will be sure to digest what is says and field responses from yourselves if writing to the council yourself is not something you feel comfortable doing.
There’s a lot of questions floating about that we need answers to. We of course have an active travel Act to implement, but there’s also a Local Development Plan threatening to put thousands of extra cars onto our streets and a lot more pollution into the air. With active travel the obvious solution, we need to know that the plan will be robust enough to make a measurable impact.
We’d also like to know how the Council is planning to provide new infrastructure. Will they persist in installing shared paths or removing the centre lines and having advisory cycle lanes such as on James Street and Colum Road, or will we finally start to see some protected cycle lanes on the streets of Cardiff. How will it fit in with the South Wales Metro?
Will we see the last few pinch points removed so that cargo bikes and recumbents can be used on our trails? Perhaps we will even find out when this rumoured bike share scheme is going to arrive.
So many questions. So, come along on the 29th and lets get some answers!