By Charlotte Raymond
Cardiff is set to witness the building of separate cycle ways, with a project of the first of its kind already being developed within the city. The first route is currently within its first stages of development and is proposed to be finished within October this year. Building work is set to commence on Senghenydd Road. The road, which is located behind Cardiff University Students’ Union, will be segmented into three, with 2 routes for vehicles and one for cyclists.
It is one of five cycleway routes set to be built in the city. The routes include St. Andrew’s Crescent to High Heath Level, Dumfries Place to Broadway in Splott, Cardiff Bay to Smart Way, Sophia Gardens to Llandaff Village, and the City Centre to Ely Bridge. Before being built, each route will experience a public consultation in order to address local people’s concerns about the routes, with this feedback to be taken into consideration before construction commences.
Proposed plans have also been established for routes to be created within the city centre which, if implemented, would see cycle ways constructed in Central Square, Castle Street, Stuttgarter Strass and Churchill Way, as well as other locations.
Councillor Caro Wild, the Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport said: “We want to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK…making cycling safer, faster and a more comfortable experience”. He also highlighted the success of the Nextbike scheme that has been introduced within the last year, which he suggests “demonstrates how popular cycling can be in Cardiff”.
It is hoped that the cycle routes in Cardiff will not only improve travel for current cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, but that they will inspire more people to take up cycling as a means of travelling, bringing with it increased health and environmental benefits. The intention is also to improve safety for those cyclists who utilise the routes, with cycle ways having their own segments on roads to potentially reduce the number of clashes with vehicles.