Cardiff Bike Life 2015

If you ever wanted to know anything about the state of cycling in Cardiff, today is a good day for you. Sustrans has published the data from its Bike Life survey for 2015. Taken across seven cities in the UK including Cardiff, the survey aims to shed light on attitudes towards cycling in the UK and, as it turns out, attitudes are better than many of us would have expected. Bike Life will help us really understand the state of cycling in Cardiff. It will help us learn what matters to existing cyclists and also to non-cyclists. It will show … Continue reading Cardiff Bike Life 2015

Cycling and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act is the Welsh Government’s latest piece of pioneering legislation that puts you and I front and centre. To help us understand what it is all about, we need to talk about what is known as the Social Determinants of Health. The Social Determinants In order to live a healthy life, there are a few factors that we need to consider: Economic Stability Education Access to health and health care —including health literacy Neighbourhood and built environment Social and Community Context The Act recognises that in order to keep people healthy, happy and productive different … Continue reading Cycling and the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

Citizen Space – Draft Air Quality Plans

Defra is holding a joint Welsh, English & Northern Irish consultation on measures to address Nitrogen Dioxide levels in our cities. The plans set out actions being planned or implemented at local, regional and national levels to meet the annual and hourly EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time. This consultation applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A separate consultation is being carried out by the Scottish Government, commencing 14th September. Source: Citizen Space – Draft Air Quality Plans There are implications for cycle infrastructure plans here, in that they might have to start taking … Continue reading Citizen Space – Draft Air Quality Plans

A look into the future…

It was a 1963 report called Traffic in Towns, written for the Government by Professor Colin Buchanan that many will hold responsible for the sorry state of utility cycling in the UK. Indeed, many will argue Traffic in Towns was used as a means to drive a bulldozer through much of the cycle infrastructure we may have had back then. However, hindsight is a wonderful thing and it could also be argued that, at the time, we really didn’t appreciate how destructive motoring would become. Had we known that before long we’d have two or three car households; dangerous levels … Continue reading A look into the future…

Cycle to Work Day 2015

Thursday 3rd September 2015 is Cycle to Work Day. Are you going to?   So, what is it then? Cycle To Work Day is an annual event encouraging people to take to two wheels for the day. It enjoys support from a variety of employers and cycling advocacy groups and has been going from strength to strength for the past few years. …and?? Well, if your employer is supportive of the idea they may well put on some sort of event, or perhaps just a breakfast in the staff canteen. They should at the very least tell you about it. … Continue reading Cycle to Work Day 2015