The good news just keeps on coming. The council has announced that two new trial cycleways are going to be installed --the much needed cross-city route from Leckwith Road to Newport Road, plus a new bay route linking Tyndall Street with Callaghan Square, Penarth Road etc.
I think it is fair to say that Cardiff Council are not mucking about at the moment. They're building some fantastic infrastructure and they seem to be doing it really quickly.
Whilst we've been watching with interest the developing picture of Cardiff's main cycle routes, for whatever reason since the deep dive series we've not really been compelled to write about each individual plan. However, the plans for Cathays Terrace and Allensbank Road, forming part of the North/South route is different. It's oh so interesting... The... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-I6HFQXquU A useful video here from Bloomberg CityLab. It's a compelling yet relentless dump of facts and graphics in support of investment in cycling, along with case studies from around the world. It also focusses on why cities like London have little choice but to invest in cycling. Well worth taking ten minutes out to... Continue Reading →
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 →
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.
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.