Cash for improved cycle routes and a crossing of the Ely river

The Welsh Assembly and Cardiff council are each stumping up £14m to spend upgrading Cardiff's bicycle, bus, and parking facilities over the next two years.

The city has been chosen by the Welsh Government as the pathfinder for its Sustainable Travel Towns initiative – presumably on the basis that it is where the greatest need exists and that after sorting out Wales' biggest city everywhere else should be easy.

According to the Minister for Economy and Transport, Ieuan Wyn Jones, if the multimillion pound investment from the Welsh Assembly Government is successful, this concept could be rolled out across Wales.

The money will be spent over the next two years and amongst other facilities will pay for improved cycling and walking routes, and a new cycling and walking crossing of the Ely river linking Penarth and the Sports Village complex. Other measures being funded include a free city-centre shuttle bus service connecting the city centre and the bay, and park and ride facilities on key commuting routes. These improvements will run in tandem with a programme of improved services including better travel information, journey sharing schemes, car clubs and free bike hire.

Ieuan Wyn Jones said: "Commuter levels in and around Cardiff have increased significantly over the past few years. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and implement a range of innovative transport solutions which will benefit the 210,000 people who travel around the city on a daily basis." 

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.