CARDIFF CYCLEWAY: Consultation launches on next route
Consultation launches on Cardiff’s next cycleway: Western Avenue to Llandaff Village
A public consultation has launched on five options for Cardiff’s next cycleway: from Western Avenue to Llandaff Village.
‘Cycleway 4.2’ would join the recently built route through Sophia Gardens and Pontcanna Fields, and would end on Llantrisant Road. Eventually a future phase will link to Plasdŵr.
The six-week public consultation runs from Tuesday, March 23 until May 4. Cardiff council wants to know which of the five options would be best to build.
Full details of the plan can be found on the website cardiff.gov.uk/cycleways, as well as how to respond to the consultation.
Option A would use the path to the north of Cardiff Metropolitan University, then parallel to the footpath by the river Taff, before going south through Llandaff Meadow and onto Cathedral Green. It would then go onto Bridge Road and end on Llantrisant Road.
Option B would be built on the footpath by the river, exiting by the rowing club onto Bridge Road, then through the old BBC site and ending on Llantrisant Road.
Option C would run along Western Avenue, then up the path to the south of Llandaff Cemetery to Cathedral Close. It would then go onto Cathedral Green, then Bridge Road and ending on Llantrisant Road.
Option D would also go on the path to the north of the university campus, then join the path by the river, before exiting by the rowing club onto Bridge Road, through the old BBC site, and onto Llantrisant Road.
Option E would also go through the university campus, but then through Llandaff Meadow, before going past the rowing club onto Bridge Road, and again through the old BBC site onto Llantrisant Road.
Each route has various advantages and disadvantages: including some trees might need to be felled, some routes are seen as safer, and others more direct.
The network of five ‘cycle superhighways’ across Cardiff are a huge investment in making it easier for cyclists to get around the city safely. They form a big part of the council’s plans to get drivers out of their cars and to use more sustainable methods of transport instead.
The latest available government data shows that 40 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions in Cardiff come from transport, of which the vast majority is private car journeys. Reducing carbon emissions is critical for mitigating catastrophic increases in global temperatures.
Words: Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporter
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