Bike parking where people need it…

Whilst we are starting to get a picture of where Cardiff’s bike parking is, one thing we need to keep our eye on is where it isn’t. We’ve previously bemoaned the lack of additional provision for large events, but in some areas our day-to-day needs are not being met either. We’ve been building up an interactive map of the current provision, but what this cannot tell us is where the pressure points are, or where there is unmet demand. We’ve all seen it –bikes chained to traffic signs & railings because the bike racks are full or worse still, not even there … Continue reading Bike parking where people need it…

Active Travel Planning for Large Events…

As a capital city with a number of large venues we do get our fair share of sporting events, concerts and festivals here in Cardiff. However, they often lead to a bit of a transport nightmare for many of us. The trouble is, travel advice for these events is often based around the assumption that people will drive, or use an already overcrowded public transport system. However, there is another way… Bike Parking! One of the things we’ve noticed with our bike parking project is that bike parking is rarely publicised. There’s little mention of it on websites, even for permanent … Continue reading Active Travel Planning for Large Events…

Llandough Hospital – Bike Parking

Good news! Further to our previous post about the University Hospital of Wales, the Cardiff & Vale Health Board’s twitterers came up with a map for Llandough as well. So, there’s some outside the main entrance and across the road by the Llanfair Unit. There’s also some in the new multi-storey car park. The actual capacity at each location is unclear, but if you’ve seen & used the racks, we’d appreciate you getting in touch! Getting to Llandough Getting to Llandough will involve some hill climbing whichever way you go. You can either follow the Ely trail through to Penarth Road, … Continue reading Llandough Hospital – Bike Parking

Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

Visible from most of Cardiff and sat smack-bang on the Taff Trail, Castell Coch is an excellent place to take the bike. However, can you park your bike when you get there? The answer is yes. There’s three Sheffield stands to the right of the castle –enough space for six bicycles and allowing you to park up securely & take a look around this impressive 19th Century Neo-Gothic building. We’ve added them to OpenStreetMap for easy reference. There’s also a cafe just to the left of the main entrance, should you feel the need for some sustenance after the somewhat brutal … Continue reading Castell Coch, Tongwynlais

University Hospital of Wales – Bike Parking

Let’s face it, nobody really enjoys visiting a hospital, whether it is for a loved one or to have your own body repaired. It’s generally worrisome experience for all concerned, but paying for parking while you are there just rubs salt into the wounds. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way, at least not at UHW, which appears to have an ample supply of bike racks all over the site. A University site as much as it is a hospital, the lion’s share of UHW’s bike storage is centred around the student blocks and social club, but from a patient/visitor perspective … Continue reading University Hospital of Wales – Bike Parking

Any Port in a Storm – A parking project epiphany…

It’s been a couple of months since we talked about parking. It’s still an issue, but we’ve just had one of those “ah ha!” moments. Whilst the Enfys map, as we mentioned in the previous update, includes parking locations, a paper map or a large PDF is of little use if you are out and about looking for somewhere to anchor your steed. As we don’t currently have funds, developing a Cardiff By Bike parking app, whilst awesome, is a little out of our reach right now. Having said that, there’s already an excellent open source mapping tool available in the … Continue reading Any Port in a Storm – A parking project epiphany…

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

Any Port in a Storm – A parking project update

Good news everyone! The 2015 Enfys map actually includes the vast majority of parking locations. It won’t necessarily include the spaces on private land, nor will it give you too much detail into how many spaces are there, but it’s a useful resource to have. Cardiff’s cycle network includes all the roads and streets in the city. Some are busier than others and the Cycle Map will help you to plan a route that is best for you. We have a number of officially signed routes (blue) which lead you through the quieter side streets and off road routes that avoid … Continue reading Any Port in a Storm – A parking project update

Parking your bike – National Museum of Wales

Just a quick one this time. If you’d like to cycle to the National Museum of Wales in the centre of Cardiff, you’ll be pleased to note that they have space for 16 bicycles. There are four stands on both sides of the front steps, giving a total of 8 and capable of securing 16 bikes. I have illustrated one set on the map, but there is another set at the exact same position on the other side of the steps near Park Place. It’s also still free to get in… Continue reading Parking your bike – National Museum of Wales