THE FU­TURE OF CARDIFF’S ROADS

FIRST LOOK AT PLANS FOR ‘CYCLE SUPERHIGHWAYS’ ACROSS CITY IN A BID TO GET MORE RES­I­DENTS ON THEIR BIKES

South Wales Echo - - FRONT PAGE - RUTH MOSALSKI Lo­cal gov­ern­ment re­porter ruth.mosalski@waleson­line.co.uk

THIS is the first look at a spe­cial­ly­de­signed cycle route which Cardiff coun­cil hopes will get more peo­ple on their bikes.

As part of a 15-year plan, the lo­cal au­thor­ity wants to in­tro­duce five “cycle superhighways”.

They are con­tin­u­ous routes which see cy­clists sep­a­rated from mo­tor ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans where needed.

The first im­ages re­leased show a 1km bike path “fully seg­re­gated” from the road with a kerb be­tween the path and road.

The first sec­tion which could be in­stalled is at St An­drew’s Cres­cent along St An­drew’s Place and Senghen­nydd Road.

Cab­i­net mem­ber Caro Wild this would be the first step to­wards mak­ing Cardiff a more cycle-friendly city.

He said this had been cho­sen as the first lo­ca­tion due to its busy lo­ca­tion.

“This is a busy route with lots of stu­dents and it would start us on our way right up to the hospi­tal.

“That is a key trans­port route for us. We know there there.”

He said while the aim is to have seg­re­ga­tion all along the route, it may not be pos­si­ble in all lo­ca­tions.

“There may be parts where it can’t be full seg­re­ga­tion but gen­er­ally the idea is seg­re­ga­tion all the way and it to be two lanes.

“The study and re­search shows that peo­ple with chil­dren, and women in par­tic­u­lar, this is what they re­quire to is lots of de­mand get en­gaged in cy­cling.

“Peo­ple know Cardiff is quite a squeezed city. Its de­sign means we haven’t got a lot of room to play with.

“We are try­ing to bal­ance this with buses and pedes­tri­ans as well as room for those peo­ple who want to drive around the city.”

He said he hoped work would start on the first stage of the first route next year.

“This is the fi­nal stage of con­sul­ta­tion and the scheme has al­ready gone through pro­longed de­sign work.”

Cllr Wild did how­ever warn that in­stalling the routes is ex­pen­sive, and the re­main­ing work is de­pen­dant on find­ing the rel­e­vant funds.

But the first com­ments from cy­clists aren’t over­whelm­ing in their sup­port for the name at least.

@di­afol1 crit­i­cised call­ing it a “su­per high­way”.

“We could just call it what the Dutch and Danes do a seg­re­gated cycle lane like a car lane but for bikes and sep­a­rate from cars”.

Justin Mor­gan @JustinDWMor­gan

said: “Just don’t call it a ‘Su­per­high­way’ - sug­ges­tive of mo­tor­way & off putting. ‘Bike path’ any­one?”

@QuiteLikeBikes said: “I agree with that. They’re just bike paths - call­ing them su­per high­ways makes them sound amaz­ing and spe­cial, when in fact they should just be the norm. Although we could have a su­per-high­way along the A48 Cdf-Npt. Heated and lit, with the burger vans re­placed with cake stands!”

Cllr Wild said the cur­rent name could change.

In 2018, the Welsh Gov­ern­ment ap­proved the coun­cil’s long-term plan to get more peo­ple cycle and walk. 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.

A con­sul­ta­tion about the de­signs is open un­til May 11 at www.cardiff.gov. uk/cy­cle­su­per­high­ways.

Events will also be held at Senghen­nydd Road, near the junc­tion with Sal­is­bury Road on Thursday April 19 be­tween 4pm and 6pm and at Ride My Bike Café on Park Place on Wednesday, April 25 be­tween 4pm and 6pm.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new pro­posed cycle su­per­high­way and left, a map of the planned route

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