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. Continue reading Something to watch: Why we cycle…
Just a quick note to point out an excellent new resource for those interested in making Cardiff even better than it already is.
Share Cardiff is a network of grassroots community groups and projects in and around Cardiff that aim to make Cardiff a better, healthier, more connected and more social place to live.
We have created an online directory of Cardiff based grassroots groups, neighbourhood projects, local community groups, co-ops, social enterprises and other initiatives that are achieving social good and that share the values of the sharing movement.
via Share Cardiff – Connecting people, projects and places, for social good – Share Cardiff
The site has everything from swap groups and repair cafes to Credit Unions, open source projects and spare room networks. There’s also a healthy number of cycling groups on there too, including our friends at Cardiff Cycle City.
Check it out and, if you are involved in a project that you think should be on there, be sure to let them know.
What a brilliant, brilliant thing. There’s so much good happening in our fair city already, it just needed something to help pull it all together and give it a platform. Now we have one. Thank you, Share Cardiff.
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Being green is hot right now. Nobody really wants to be seen as the harbinger of death; the company that is bringing about the destruction of the ecosystem we depend upon, just to make a quick buck. However, there are … Continue reading What is ‘Greenwashing’?
I’m certainly no historian, but I’d suspect we can thank the industrial revolution for our current commuting predicament.
As people started to leave their farms and homesteads to look for work in the growing towns; in the factories and down the mines, people were no longer working where they lived. Continue reading Commuting in a Changing World of Work…
In this day and age, with huge amounts of information available at your fingertips it has become harder than ever to take anything at face value.
So when you talk about the environmental benefits of cycling it’s easy to lose people, because people assume you are talking about global warming or climate change.
We puny humans are not so great at dealing with the bigger picture. We often don’t have the power to make big changes, but if we focus on the small picture we’ll make inroads into the huge challenges ahead. Continue reading The Smaller Picture…
Public Health Wales has published a response to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.
Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations talks about the importance of activity-friendly neighbourhoods and the importance of green spaces. Continue reading Something to read: Creating healthier places and spaces for our present and future generations – Public Health Wales
The common wisdom when faced with traffic congestion seems to be that just adding more lanes will sort everything. It won’t. Whilst it may initially relieve some pressure, it won’t be long before more traffic arrives to fill the space. … Continue reading ‘Induced Demand’
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of getting on a new bike. You go along to your local bike shop, pick out the one you want and get yourself measured up.
But if you already have a bike, do you really need another? Continue reading You probably have enough bikes…
As a society we’ve become very good at overlooking the costs of many things, whilst quibbling over every last penny of others. One thing we are especially good at brushing under the rug is the cost of motoring, not just to our own wallets but to society as a whole. We’re going to need a bigger rug… When someone is hit by a motorist, they’re very often swept up in an ambulance or at the very least sent to A&E for an X-ray. The NHS then has to mend any broken bones; the council has to repair street furniture or … Continue reading Counting the cost of casualties and inactivity…
Bicycles are versatile machines, capable of being used for everything from shopping, to touring, to professional racing. However, whilst a bicycle may unite the different disciplines, the needs of riders are usually very, very different. The right tool… To the untrained eye a bicycle is just a bicycle, but look deeper and there may well be differences between bicycles built for different disciplines. However, there’s nothing to say you can’t commute on a high-end road or mountain bike. It isn’t always the right tool for the job, but there’s flexibility built in. However, it’s the needs of the rider where … Continue reading Tools for the job…