New cycling superhighways

Photo showing bikes stationed in Cardiff City Centre

Bikes stationed in Cardiff City Centre Photo Credits: CNP

Cyclists in Cardiff will be able to use five cycling superhighways by next year, after the long-term investment was approved by the Welsh Government. The cycling infrastructure will help reduce congestion and free up parking spaces in Cardiff.

Heavy traffic is a familiar scene on busy roads like Cathedral and Newport Road. With buses, taxis and private cars crowding the circulation, there is little room and incentive for cyclists. The new routes will offer Cardiffians the opportunity to opt for a more eco-friendly and healthy transport, whilst easing congestion.

”Building the cycle lanes is more safer for cyclists. I always find that Cardiff is a terrible city for cycling and more cycle lanes is better”, says  Stephen Moisey, a keen cyclist.

The cycling route will be segregated by a kerb between the path and road to protect the cyclists from motor vehicles and pedestrians.

The plan is also aiming to encourage more people to take on their bikes and change their routine. The five superhighways will be in operation next year, crossing from city centre to many areas, including Cathays, Adamsdown, Cardiff Bay, Llandaff, Riverside and Ely.

Bicycles in the cycle shop.

Bicycles in the cycle shop. Photo: CNP

Cycle shops are also welcoming the plan, expecting a boost in their business. A bike hire scheme was launched in Cardiff last month, providing  50 bikes. These are stationed at key locations such as City Hall, Cardiff Central Train Station, Cardiff University’s Bute Building in Cathays Park, and at County Hall in Cardiff Bay. The number is expected to increase to fifty stations and five hundred bikes in and around Cardiff by this August.

A consultation about the plan is still undergoing until the eleventh of May. However, installing the new routes is expensive, and the remaining work is depended on finding the relevant funds.

Images of the new proposed cycle superhighway in Cardiff

Images of the new proposed cycle superhighway in Cardiff. Photo: Cardiff Council (CC)

The five planned routes are:
Superhighway 1: City Centre to Cathays, University Hospital Wales, Heath High Level and Heath Low Level Rail Stations, and North East Cardiff Strategic Development Site
Superhighway 2: City Centre to Adamsdown, Newport Road retail parks, Rumney, Llanrumney and St Mellons Business Park
Superhighway 3: City Centre to Cardiff Bay
Superhighway 4: City Centre to Llandaff, Danescourt and North West Strategic Development Site
Superhighway 5: City Centre to Riverside, Ely and Caerau.

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