Cardiff City Council has announced plans for two new cycleways, to enable people to cycle safely on some of the city’s busiest roads.
The two routes – the ‘Cross City ‘and ‘Bay Loop’ cycleways – are being brought forward as part of the council’s ongoing Covid-19 recovery plans.
As well as being largely segregated, the routes will link to new park and pedal sites being set up at Cardiff City stadium and Cardiff Bay.
Park and pedal allows people travelling from further afield the option to park their car and walk or cycle the remainder of their journey.
The cycleways will use semi-permanent ‘bolt-down’ kerbs with small plastic upright bollards which are attached to the road. If successful they can be kept or replaced with more permanent solutions. They can be altered if necessary.
Cllr Caro Wild, cabinet member for strategic planning and transport said: “Traffic on our roads has reduced dramatically now that a number of businesses and organisations are opting to let their staff remain working from home.
“Current traffic levels are at 66% of pre-lockdown numbers, with the traffic flow in the city centre lower still at 50%.
“While the traffic levels have reduced, the use of the nextbike scheme has increased significantly during lockdown, with over 14,000 new customers, which clocked up an impressive 114,383 rentals from March to June.
“With public transport providers running at reduced capacity lots of people are now choosing to walk and cycle in Cardiff. This is great news, great for people’s health and great for the environment. We want to ensure that anyone who is able to cycle can do so in a safer and more attractive way.
“We know there are people new to cycling, including very young people, and we have to do everything in our power to ensure these people are as safe as possible.”