Cyclists in Cardiff could be pedalling along the city’s first Cycle Superhighways by 2021 according to a report mapping out Cardiff’s vision to become a world class cycling city.
The report, which will be discussed at a Cabinet meeting next week, sets out the city’s Active Travel Integrated Network Map (INM) ahead of its submission to the Welsh Government for approval and identifies a range of infrastructure improvements to walking and cycling routes in Cardiff, including new cross-city Cycle Superhighways.
The Superhighways are intended to deliver a step change in provision for cycling, providing residents with wide, 2 way cycling routes that are properly segregated from traffic on busy roads and connect communities with the city centre and other key destinations, such as UHW and the city’s universities.
Walking to and from 36 of the city’s schools will also be made safer and easier over the next five years. ‘School safety zones’ and other pedestrian improvements are listed in the report as short term priorities.
Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, Cllr Caro Wild, said:
“If approved by the Welsh Government, our Integrated Network Map will become the foundation of our plan to tackle congestion, support the city’s economy and improve people’s health and the quality of the air we breathe, by putting active travel at the heart of Cardiff’s transport policy.
“More and more people are walking and cycling, but it’s not changing fast enough. The truth is Cardiff’s roads are designed primarily to benefit car users, which is partly why the city is dominated by cars. These proposals signal the intention of this administration to change our infrastructure to prioritise walking and cycling over private car use. ”
“Obviously this level of infrastructure comes with a hefty price-tag and we will need to work with stakeholders and investors to bring about the improvements we know are vital for the future of the city.”