Encouraging and enabling are not the same thing…

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There are two words that are often used interchangeably when it comes to cycling, 'Encouraging' and 'enabling'. Both are positive-sounding words beginning with the same two letters and ending with the same three, but that is where the similarities end.

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Silence…

One thing the snow can give us is a sense of perspective. Just like at Christmas, everything stops. We stay at home; we spend time with our families and we get out and walk places. Our world falls silent.

An Anecdotal Example of Cardiff's Congestion Problem

Before we start: yes I know this is a personal anecdote and not a fully fledged data/evidence backed peer reviewed analysis but that's not to say we shouldn't ignore the experiences we, er, experience on our daily business. I commute in Cardiff by bike. My route is about 20-25 minutes depending on how quick or … Continue reading An Anecdotal Example of Cardiff's Congestion Problem

About that ‘50% of journeys by sustainable transport’ aim…

In the Council's transport strategy it is said that they are aiming for 50% of journeys made by sustainable means. How this 50% is broken down isn't clear, but the council certainly has its work cut out if it wants to grow bus trips, not to mention trips by bike. Cost per mile... This week … Continue reading About that ‘50% of journeys by sustainable transport’ aim…

Traffic jams, congestion, cognitive dissonance…

Traffic agency Inrix analysed traffic and congestion in 1,064 cities across 38 countries worldwide, including Cardiff. It worked out that the average cost to Cardiff's drivers of being sat in their own congestion was £939 per year. You can read Cardiff's scorecard here, but it says that 9% of a driver's time is spent in queues, … Continue reading Traffic jams, congestion, cognitive dissonance…