Spending wisely – season tickets or bicycles?

The new year started out the way it so often does these days, with news that public transport costs are rising once again.

This January ticket prices increased by 3.6% –roughly 1% above inflation. These days even a short commute on the train across Cardiff is going to take a considerable bite out of your annual salary. Continue reading Spending wisely – season tickets or bicycles?

Access Denied: Cycle Routes and Access Barriers

Here in Cardiff, at least in 2017, we’re a little short of cycle routes. Truth be told, we only really have three but hopefully that’ll change soon. We have the Taff Trail, the Ely Trail and the Bay Trail. The Taff Trail is part of the National Cycle Network, the Ely and Bay Trails are Cardiff Council’s own. Slalom Courses & Weight-lifting Stations One common … Continue reading Access Denied: Cycle Routes and Access Barriers

Cardiff Cycling Strategy 2016-2026 – Deep Dive Part 4 – The Taff and Ely Trails

In this thrilling instalment of the Cycling Strategy deep-dive we should probably spend a bit of time looking at our existing go-to routes, the Taff and Ely trails. Now, these are NCN routes rather than council ones, but they are the routes that many of us use, particularly as they are the main off-road routes that we have. The Taff Trail Our beloved Taff Trail was … Continue reading Cardiff Cycling Strategy 2016-2026 – Deep Dive Part 4 – The Taff and Ely Trails

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 … Continue reading Winter is coming…

Taff Trail Alternatives – Winter Edition

Our east-west route is still a work in progress, but this winter we’ve also found travelling from north to south particularly challenging too. For whatever reason, most likely austerity, the off-road cycle paths and pavements are not being gritted this year. This not only traps the less mobile in their homes, but also renders our safest active travel routes unusable on particularly cold mornings & … Continue reading Taff Trail Alternatives – Winter Edition

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 … Continue reading A weekend away, by bike…