Some time ago we had a little chat about marketing. We talked about how car manufacturers had become experts at selling people the lifestyle, but conveniently gloss over the realities of motoring. However, we also came to the depressing realisation that nobody is really trying to sell us utility cycling, or the benefits of seeing the cycling as a mode of transport. Even the pro cyclists on our screens were selling us cars. Until now that is...
Cardiff Council is to put forward its plan for how a socially-distanced Cardiff City Centre will function and it's pretty exciting. A greater emphasis on outdoor space, reducing vehicle traffic with match-day style restrictions and providing dining and "spill out" spaces both inside and outside the castle grounds. Of particular interest to us is the... Continue Reading →
Inspired by a message left on our Facebook page, we got to thinking about where someone might go for a ride with their family, once they'd exhausted all the Taff and Ely Trails had to offer. Then it occurred to us that Caerphilly Castle might be a nice day out, yet only a (relatively) short... Continue Reading →
One of the very few upsides to this lockdown experience, aside from normalising working from home, is that cycling is now seeing a resurgence. People are being advised to jump on a bike rather than head to the bus stop or train station if they need to travel anywhere. This has meant that our local... Continue Reading →
I've been racking my brain trying to make sense of everything. One day in the spring of 2020 the world unilaterally decided to stop everything --everything that was previously seen as so precious that nothing should be allowed to stand in its way. But what happens next? When the lockdown ends, will people return to... Continue Reading →
If and when the world does start to return to something resembling 'normal', chances are it is going to look very different to the one we've just left. No longer will it be acceptable for trains and buses to resemble the mosh pit of a Pantera gig, with people eager to maintain a safe distance from each other. Furthermore, the road network is unlikely to cope with a surge of new drivers on the morning commute. Some of us are going to have to find a new way to get to work.
If you're a key worker in Cardiff, there's never been a better time to start getting around by bicycle. The roads are quiet, you're in your own space and the exercise will help to keep your head clear.
However, if you are new to commuting by bike you may be wondering where to start. Fortunately, we've been sharing our tips and experiences for a few years now and have accumulated a wealth of information to help you.
Ever on the lookout for cycling documentaries, Why We Cycle is one of the best I’ve seen in quiet a while. It delves into why and how the Dutch have thoroughly embraced cycling. It also talks about the lesser thought-of benefits of cycling to our communities, such as the ability to see and to communicate with the people around us through body language.
Some time last year we might have suggested that the concept of commuting to a job that you could feasibly do from home, is a little outdated. Fast forward a few months to March 2020 and we're in the midst of a pandemic that has brought homeworking into the spotlight once again.