Cyclists to put Cardiff Politicians under the Spotlight

Cycling in Cardiff is at a critical moment with a new cycling strategy being proposed for the city and the plans for the Active Travel Act walking and cycling networks out for consultation.  What happens with these plans and strategies will depend on who is elected to the city council in May.  

To find out which party will offer the best deal for the thousands of cyclists in Cardiff, Cardiff Cycle City, the organisation aiming to make Cardiff the best cycling city in the UK, is putting local politicians under the spotlight in a special cycling hustings.  All major parties standing in the city elections on 4th May have been invited to send a representative to an event where they will be asked to spell out how they will improve facilities for cycling in Cardiff.

The event is to be held at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4 April 2017 in the Japan Room of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.  Entry is free but spaces are limited.  Tickets can be booked here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vote-bike-cardiff-cycling-hustings-tickets-32571786089

or (can be booked on the www.eventbrite.co.uk website, just search for Cardiff Cycle City).

A spokesperson for Cardiff Cycle City said: “More and more people are using the bike as their main way of getting around Cardiff and with the city expanding fast getting more people out of their cars and onto bikes is the only way we can avoid massive congestion and dangerously poor air quality.  This means that for many people cycling will be a key factor in how people cast their vote in May’s election. Our event will give voters an opportunity to decide which party can best deliver better cycling in our capital city.”

The organisation held a similar event prior to last year’s Assembly elections with over fifty people attending to quiz the politicians.

 

Notes for editors: members of the media are very welcome to attend the event.  For more information or to confirm attendance email: cardiffcyclecityhustings@gmail.com

Cardiff Cycle City’s criteria for inviting party  representatives to the event is: All the political parties currently represented on Cardiff City Council or the National Assembly for Wales and any party that can demonstrate it will be contesting at least one third of the seats in the forthcoming elections.

 

2 thoughts on “PRESS RELEASE: VOTE BIKE!

  1. That’s a real shame I can’t make it. Fantastic work though guys putting it on. I would only want the usual things I think you’ll ask for anyway. The main element is to incorporate raised pavements in all new schemes rather than dropped kerbs – so that the traffic is slowed and pedestrians and cyclists (where there are paths) are able to go at a continuous speed.
    Please report back so that we know how to vote in May.

  2. How does Cardiff Green Party meet the criteria:
    ” All the political parties currently represented on Cardiff City Council or the National Assembly for Wales and any party that can demonstrate it will be contesting at least one third of the seats in the forthcoming elections”?
    Is it that they were invited along before Ralph Cook resigned from the Green Party to join the LibDems. His brief affiliation to the Green Party always looked skin deep. He’s known for the high spending on Cardiff/Canton bridge’s cycleway, substandard in width, because he refused the buys-lane alternative and refused to narrow down the traffic lanes to give the minimum 2-metre width. Not to denigrate Ken Barker who is of course a very knowledgeable rep for the Greens.

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