Smartcycle – The parking app you've been been asking for…

Whilst we did mention it in passing, whilst having a moan about Cardiff Council’s new car parking app, we thought Smartcycle deserved a post of its own. Pulling in parking and bike shop data from OpenStreetMap, Smartcycle put the parking information you need in an attractive package. The power of open data If you’ve been with us a while, you may remember our parking project back in the early days. We started off with pictures on Flickr, before progressing to OpenStreetMap and the veritable mine of information and possibilities it provides. We had a good go at adding bike racks … Continue reading Smartcycle – The parking app you've been been asking for…

Bike parking where people need it…

Whilst we are starting to get a picture of where Cardiff’s bike parking is, one thing we need to keep our eye on is where it isn’t. We’ve previously bemoaned the lack of additional provision for large events, but in some areas our day-to-day needs are not being met either. We’ve been building up an interactive map of the current provision, but what this cannot tell us is where the pressure points are, or where there is unmet demand. We’ve all seen it –bikes chained to traffic signs & railings because the bike racks are full or worse still, not even there … Continue reading Bike parking where people need it…

Cardiff's Forthcoming Cycling Strategy – What we would like to see…

The Council is currently beavering away at its new cycling strategy, which will hopefully pave the way for some ambitious integrated network plans come September 2017. The previous strategy arrived before the Active Travel Act, along with its own design guidance … Continue reading Cardiff's Forthcoming Cycling Strategy – What we would like to see…

Active Travel Planning for Large Events…

As a capital city with a number of large venues we do get our fair share of sporting events, concerts and festivals here in Cardiff. However, they often lead to a bit of a transport nightmare for many of us. The trouble is, travel advice for these events is often based around the assumption that people will drive, or use an already overcrowded public transport system. However, there is another way… Bike Parking! One of the things we’ve noticed with our bike parking project is that bike parking is rarely publicised. There’s little mention of it on websites, even for permanent … Continue reading Active Travel Planning for Large Events…

A Parking Project Update

It has been a little while since we’ve talked about cycle parking, but you’ll be pleased to know that we’re still plugging away at it. The good news is, we have come up with a way of producing a map. The map we have isn’t pretty. It’s got a touch of the geeky about it, but it’s good illustration of where we would like to get to, eventually. It involves querying the huge database that is OpenStreetMap for parking information. However, without being able to customise it too much, Cardiff is currently called “3.282382,51.432073,-3.058662,51.560906” which it is fair to say … Continue reading A Parking Project Update

Llandough Hospital – Bike Parking

Good news! Further to our previous post about the University Hospital of Wales, the Cardiff & Vale Health Board’s twitterers came up with a map for Llandough as well. So, there’s some outside the main entrance and across the road by the Llanfair Unit. There’s also some in the new multi-storey car park. The actual capacity at each location is unclear, but if you’ve seen & used the racks, we’d appreciate you getting in touch! Getting to Llandough Getting to Llandough will involve some hill climbing whichever way you go. You can either follow the Ely trail through to Penarth Road, … Continue reading Llandough Hospital – Bike Parking

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

Visible from most of Cardiff and sat smack-bang on the Taff Trail, Castell Coch is an excellent place to take the bike. However, can you park your bike when you get there? The answer is yes. There’s three Sheffield stands to the right of the castle –enough space for six bicycles and allowing you to park up securely & take a look around this impressive 19th Century Neo-Gothic building. We’ve added them to OpenStreetMap for easy reference. There’s also a cafe just to the left of the main entrance, should you feel the need for some sustenance after the somewhat brutal … Continue reading Castell Coch, Tongwynlais