Why cyclists don't always use the infrastructure we are given…

Following our slightly long post about the Active Travel Act, perhaps now is a good time to explore why much of the infrastructure provided prior to the Act is often ignored by cyclists or not included on the existing route map. They don’t go where we want them to go… Our towns & cities were planned around roads. Roads go everywhere, but cycle paths are usually very prescriptive about where you can go. How many people can honestly say they have a cycle path outside their home or place of work? While we are on the subject, they’re often not very direct, either. They lead … Continue reading Why cyclists don't always use the infrastructure we are given…

A weekend away, by bike…

With the Brecon Beacons a mere three hours ride away, have you considered taking a weekend away from it all, but on your bike instead of in your car? People travel from all over the UK, even the world to stay in places like this. Why wouldn’t they? With mountains to climb, dozens of beautiful lakes and reservoirs to admire and towns full of independent shops, restaurants & cafe’s to visit. If you take the time, there’s a veritable goldmine of experiences to be had just a stone’s throw from our fair city. In Cardiff we are incredibly lucky to have a … Continue reading A weekend away, by bike…

Shopping by Bike

Whilst I type this, we are just a few days from Christmas and shopping has become more of an ordeal than it usually is. We’ve seen cars queuing to get into most of the car parks around Cardiff city centre; a high volume of traffic entering the city from the M4 and high levels of air pollution hovering over the city. If you want to avoid all of that (well, apart from the pollution –you have to breathe…) you could do your shopping by bike. However, this presents a number of challenges of its own. How do you carry your … Continue reading Shopping by Bike

New Cycling Hub Set to Open in Tongwynlais –via Tongwynlais.com

We have some excellent news, courtesy of Tongwynlais.com. The Ton is getting a cycle hub… “We want to open a new hub for cyclists, runners and walkers this winter. The hub will offer related clothing, footwear and accessories; bicycle servicing; top quality coffee and other hot drinks and home made snacks; and a unique and sociable environment to share tales from the trails. We hope the hub will further enhance Tongwynlais’ unique location as Cardiff’s gateway to the outdoors.” Source: New Cycling Hub Set to Open in Tongwynlais | Tongwynlais.com Having lived in and around Tongwynlais for much of my life, the Ton doesn’t … Continue reading New Cycling Hub Set to Open in Tongwynlais –via Tongwynlais.com

Cardiff Bay to Seawall Tea Rooms

If you are ever in the need for a quick sprint to somewhere for cake & a refreshing beverage, the Seawall Tea Rooms is for you. Just 20 miles from Cardiff Bay, the Seawall Tea Rooms is a flat, easy ride along NCN Route 4 and boy do they love us cyclists. Leaving the Millennium Centre you head down Schooner Way and take a right at the lights. Head straight over the next two roundabouts and into the streets of Tremorfa (you can head down Rover Way if you prefer, but it’s a horrid road to cycle on) until you … Continue reading Cardiff Bay to Seawall Tea Rooms

Pugh's Garden Centre – Morganstown

We have a new cycle-friendly destination to add to the list –Pugh’s Garden Centre in Morganstown. Pugh’s has a number of units that may be of interest to us cyclists, such as Mountain Warehouse; a garden shed maker; a veterinarian; a pet shop; a wood fire retailer and a few other things. Most importantly, there’s also a very nice cafe inside the main garden centre building, where you can top up your caffeine and sugar levels before heading up to Eglwysilan from Cardiff. They can be found outside the old garden centre entrance and we hope that their presence encourages … Continue reading Pugh's Garden Centre – Morganstown

Parking your bike at Capital Retail Park, Leckwith

Capital Retail Park is perhaps our newest out-of-town retail development and currently consists of a large Asda; a Costco; M&S; Smyths Toy Store; Next; SCS, plus the obligatory Subway; Greggs; Maplins and a Costa. The park sits on Enfys Route 50, which is a route that consists of shared paths either side of the carriageway. Roadies will no doubt use the road, but those on the paths should beware those on bikes travelling against the flow of traffic! As for parking, Capital Retail Park is actually quite well provisioned. There’s a bank of spaces next to the road at the … Continue reading Parking your bike at Capital Retail Park, Leckwith

St Fagans Natural History Museum – Bicycle Parking

St Fagans is not just the default place to take friends and family from out-of-town, it’s also the source of the finest Welshcakes I’ve eaten. Fortunately, they also cater for cyclists and they are sat virtually on the Ely Trail. You may lock your bike to one of our sheltered bike racks at the main entrance, in our patrolled car park. Lockers are available on request for people wishing to store equipment and are provided for a returnable deposit of £2.00. Please ask at the main entrance desk. Source: Location | National Museum Wales I’m not sure how many racks … Continue reading St Fagans Natural History Museum – Bicycle Parking