Greener Grangetown and the Rainscape Project…

Interesting things are afoot in Grangetown, with a scheme to better manage rainwater and make the area “cleaner and greener”. Streets running between Taff Embankment and Corporation Road, as well as Taff Embankment are to receive a facelift that includes … Continue reading Greener Grangetown and the Rainscape Project…

Weekend closures for Taff Mead Embankment Railway Bridge

Taff Trail users take note! Network Rail is closing the underpass linking the Taff Mead Embankment stretch of the Trail with Fitzhamon Embankment. The closures will be for the next two weekends, the 22nd and 29th October. Network Rail has told residents it will mean the pedestrian walkway underneath the bridge – also part of the Taff Trail – will be closed “for approximately 24 hours” on the weekends of October 22-23 and 29-30. It means residents will have to walk to town via Clare Road and Tudor Street from Grangetown – although a free minibus shuttle service is being … Continue reading Weekend closures for Taff Mead Embankment Railway Bridge

Winter is coming…

Now that the woolly gloves have now been taken out of their summer-long siesta, we need to keep one eye on the colder, darker months that lay ahead. We are likely to face another winter like last winter, where Cardiff’s sole off-road cycle routes become not just dark but icy too. However, before the first icy night we’re also going to have a few months of sloshing through leaf mulch, so things are going to be generally slippery from here on in. However, it shouldn’t be that way. Other countries with winters far worse than ours manage to get this right. … Continue reading Winter is coming…

St David's Day…by bike!

March 1st is St David’s Day here in Wales. The good news is, for 2016 CADW is to open a number of its historic castles and monuments to the public for free. Many of Wales’s heritage sites are to open up for free this St David’s Day (1 March 2016), as visitors are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy Cadw sites across the country without charge. Source: Welsh heritage sites to open for free on St David’s Day Unfortunately, Cardiff Castle isn’t on the list because it is run by Cardiff Council, but Castell Coch and Caerphilly Castle are. … Continue reading St David's Day…by bike!

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…

Dealing with Leaves

For much of the year, the experience of riding a traffic-free, tree-lined path is something to behold. However, for about three months of the year, it’s not for the timid. A change of seasons… As Autumn arrives, so does the rain, the wind and the next stage in the cycle of life where most trees shed their leaves and deposit them all over the pavements and cycle paths. To complicate matters, especially for us cyclists is that Cardiff Council appears to place our safety below that of all other living creatures. This means that as I type this the Taff Trail and … Continue reading Dealing with Leaves

Active Travel in Wales – Have your say…

The Active Travel Act (Wales) 2013 was given Royal Assent in November 2013. It places a duty on local authorities to plan for and continuously improve facilities for walkers and cyclists to promote active forms of travel. The Act is all about getting people to commute and do their short journeys on foot or on a bicycle, but if tourist routes end up being improved in the process, so be it. As long as councils can prove a modal shift away from the car is happening in their area, Ministers will be happy. As a cyclist it is easy to … Continue reading Active Travel in Wales – Have your say…

Bute Park Commuter Route

Placed slap bang in the middle of town Bute Park is an excellent way to cut miles of busy roads out of your commute. However, during the winter the main gates will likely be shut by the time you finish work. However, you may or may not be aware that there’s a “commuter route” that runs from the Millennium Bridge to the College of Music & Drama. The winter commuter access route through Bute Park between the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (Fisher’s Bridge) entrance & Millennium Bridge (Sophia Gardens) is open until 7pm each evening. All other … Continue reading Bute Park Commuter Route