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."
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.