December 4 2016
The plan is to double the number of cycle trips by 2026 by giving cyclists & pedestrians greater protection, lowering speed limits & improving cycle routes
The plan focuses primarily on improving the city’s infrastructure, alongside work with key partners including schools, workplaces and retailers; which the committee will work with to provide on-of-trip facilities as well as the tools to promote cycling in the city.
Of the changes outlined in the plan the key areas include the following:
- Cycle lane segregation on main roads
- Traffic calming measures and a 20mph limit on streets with lower volumes of traffic
- Bike lanes protected by parking places
- Cyclist-pedestrian segregation on off-road pathways
- Improved lighting and surface on cycle lanes and pathways across the city
- More direct routes to destinations including schools, workplaces and high-density residential areas
- Improved volume of cycle parking and bike racks in key locations
Primary infrastructure development appears to be the strategy’s priority. The proposal lists development of two north-to-south primary cycling route corridors, that will be safely accessible to all ages and cycling abilities, as its first point in the action plan.
Said plan go on to focus on developing the city’s further cycling network; resident, business, and cycling group-consulted cycling connection; location of missing links in current system and development to fix those; as well as the establishment of a ring-fenced budget for cycle route maintenance.
The plan also lists prioritises the launch of an on-street cycle hire scheme in 2017/18.
All of these developmental goals will include consultation with the three key partners the proposal has noted throughout: schools, workplaces, and retailers.
Public consultation on the draft is set to end on March 27 2017, and the review of its findings will be undertaken between April and May.
Council approval and publication of the final Cardiff Cycle Strategy is set for July.