Something to read: Moving Wales Forward, by Stuart Cole

The Federation of Small Businesses has published a report, Moving Wales Forward, that sheds some light on some fundamental flaws in the way active travel and other transport schemes are planned. In the report Moving Wales Forward commissioned by the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales, Professor Stuart Cole concludes that Wales needs a new methodology for making decisions when it comes to transport schemes. He points to flaws in the current methods used to produce traffic forecasts, which mean that they have repeatedly over-estimated true traffic levels, and calls for a new arm’s-length body to deliver an integrated transport … Continue reading Something to read: Moving Wales Forward, by Stuart Cole

What are “The Rules”?

You may have read about “The Rules”, perhaps from one of our guest posters or elsewhere on the internet. We should probably take some time to explain what they are. The Rules lie at the beginning of The Path to La Vie Velominatus, not at the end; learning to balance them against one another and to welcome them all into your life as a Velominatus is a never-ending struggle waged between form and function as we continue along The Path towards transcension. Source: Velominati › The Rules Like any sport or pastime there are unwritten rules followed by the “veterans” … Continue reading What are “The Rules”?

Something to read: Andrew Gilligan: The only way to tackle air quality is to reduce traffic

Whilst we in Cardiff wait patiently for Cardiff Council to spring into life and start delivering on their Active Travel obligations, it probably hasn’t escaped anyone’s attention that there’s a bit of a revolution happening in London right now. One of Boris Johnson’s better actions as Mayor was to establish a network of “Cycle Superhighways”, or protected cycleways around London. Despite the scheme being largely unfinished, it has seen a significant number of people taking to two wheels. Andrew Gilligan is a reporter for the Telegraph, but also London’s cycling commissioner. On Tuesday he published an excellent article on the … Continue reading Something to read: Andrew Gilligan: The only way to tackle air quality is to reduce traffic

Something to read: Copenhagenize.com – Bicycle Culture by Design: Bicycle Infrastructure Fail(s)

A two-way cycle lane down the middle of a boulevard in Washington DC caused a bit of a storm on social media this week. Bad infrastructure is nothing new, but placing a cycle lane in the middle of the traffic, away from the relative safety of the kerb is bonkers. However, don’t take our word for it, Mikael Colville-Andersen from Copenhagenize Design has weighed in on this one. The primary problem is that traffic engineering, in certain countries, still has influence on planning and urban design. In America, where this infrastructure was put in, bicycles are placed in the same … Continue reading Something to read: Copenhagenize.com – Bicycle Culture by Design: Bicycle Infrastructure Fail(s)

Something to read: The Ask Cardiff Report on Transport

The reading material is coming through thick & fast at the moment. Today we have the transport section of the Ask Cardiff report. Ask Cardiff’ is an annual survey offering the public the opportunity to share their views on a wide range of Council delivered services. 4,431 members of the public participated in the 2015 survey which covered topics including Waste, Transport, Leisure, Budget Priorities and much more. Source: Ask Cardiff | Facts & Stats It has a few interesting insights for ourselves and our Cardiff Cycle City colleagues to get our head around. We’ll take a more thorough look … Continue reading Something to read: The Ask Cardiff Report on Transport

Something to read: Active Travel Action Plan – February 2016

Hot on the heels of the National Assembly for Wales’ report into active travel, the Welsh Government has now published its plan of action. The action plan, to its credit, does a fair job of addressing many of the broad issues raised by the Assembly Members involved in the report, including issues of funding, promotion and integration with the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. The Active Travel Action Plan complements the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and sets out our vision for active travel and how it relates to our wider aims. Source: Active Travel Action Plan Whilst it’s worth … Continue reading Something to read: Active Travel Action Plan – February 2016

Something to read: Active Travel – The Start of the Journey

The National Assembly for Wales has published a cross-party report into the Active Travel Act’s somewhat subdued first year… The report can either be read as a whizzy Adobe Slate page, or you can read the full 20 page PDF. Perhaps the most comforting thing about the document is that it echoes many of the common complaints we hear about the Act and its progress…or lack thereof. The report also makes a number of recommendations: Recommendation 1. The Welsh Government should have a specific budget line dedicated to supporting active travel. The budget for active travel should be used for … Continue reading Something to read: Active Travel – The Start of the Journey

Vale of Glamorgan Draft Local Transport Plan

Whilst this is Cardiff by bike, it is easy to forget that many of us will be commuting to and from the neighbouring counties. So, in the interests of completeness we had best take a look at what the wider region has in store for us. First up, the Vale. Just like Cardiff, the Vale has its own Local Transport Plan that takes it up to 2020 and beyond. However, the Vale is enormous and much of it is rural, so the Active Travel Act applies mainly to the big settlements of Penarth, Barry, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Llandough … Continue reading Vale of Glamorgan Draft Local Transport Plan

A Date for Your Diary: Evening with Emily Chappell

Another date for your diary here. 29th January, 19:30 at the Little Man Coffee Co, Emily Chappell will be coming to talk about her new book, What Goes Around, her story about the life and times of a cycle courier in London and her travels around the world. Cardiff Cycle Chic hosts an evening book launch with Emily Chappell, whose debut book “What goes around” has just been published by Faber and Faber. Come and hear Emily’s talk on her exploits as a bicycle courier in London, and her travels on a fatbike in Alaska, transcontinental racing and journey from … Continue reading A Date for Your Diary: Evening with Emily Chappell