One of the surprising discoveries of this new focus on the rough stuff is that my buddies seem to be up for it too. Today we are talking about a route that our good friend Drew came up with.
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.
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 … Continue reading Access Denied: Cycle Routes and Access Barriers
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 … Continue reading Cardiff Cycling Strategy 2016-2026 – Deep Dive Part 4 – The Taff and Ely Trails
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 … Continue reading Winter is coming…
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 … Continue reading Taff Trail Alternatives – Winter Edition
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 … Continue reading A weekend away, by bike…
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 … Continue reading Dealing with Leaves
One question that seems to come up a lot is whether or not you can get to Merthyr Tydfil from Cardiff on a road bike using the Taff Trail. In our humble opinion you can indeed follow the Taff Trail to Merthyr on a road bike, however you will reach a point where some improvisation … Continue reading Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil on the Taff Trail – The Road Bike Question
We had hoped to not start this new site on a downer, but we're in for a few months of diversions on the Taff Trail. The reason for the diversion is actually quite a good one --they're going to start generating electricity up at Radyr Weir by installing an Archimedes Screw. When it is completed … Continue reading Diversions on the Taff Trail…