A summary of 2018, for AGM 28 November 2018
In November 2016, Cardiff Cycle City (C=CC) adopted the Cycling UK, Space For Cycling initiative as the main focus/single issue around which C=CC would campaign during 2017. A further Action Plan for 2018 was drawn up in November 2017 and has been the focus for C=CC Committee activity during the year:
Cardiff Cycle City involvement in campaigns and Consultations during 2018:
The major campaign focus for 2018 held on the steps to the Senedd on 2 October 2018. We led an alliance of cycling groups from across Wales which also gained the backing of major organisations like Cycling UK, Sustrans and Welsh Cycling. Importantly, we also got support from organisations outside of cycling such as British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and WWF who all see the tremendous benefits that active travel brings for our health and environment.
The event itself attracted 200 people, and secured us a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport. As a follow up to the event Cycling UK has set up a web action to allow people to email their AMs backing the aims of Cycle on the Senedd. Those aims are simple: investment of £20 per head per annum in active travel in Wales and a properly worked out strategy to ensure the money is spent properly. You can still support the action by clicking here.
September 2018. Consultation event with maps and opportunity to make direct comments to Cardiff Council representatives.
- Schools Questionnaire
A member of C=CC has been working on a questionnaire for parents at Cardiff schools to identify what stops them walking or cycling to the schools. (This has the potential to be rolled out to further Cardiff Schools if desired). Due to be rolled out to the first school in early 2019.
Four supporters of C=CC are working on a Pilot project with Cardiff Council with proposals for four hangars in contrasting locations around Cardiff. This project is still ongoing and will be given more priority in the upcoming months.
We submitted a response to the Welsh Government Consultation, calling for stronger requirements to ensure active travel infrastructure is included in all developments.
Cardiff Cycle City Speakers during 2018
- February 2018: Presentation and Q&A and with Matt Jukes South Wales Chief Constable
- March 2018: Peter Walker, How Cycling Can Save the World
- May 2018: Cardiff Bus and Travelline Cymru
- July 2018: Q&A with Cllr Caro Wild
- October 2018: Presentation and Q&A with Huw Evans Transport for Wales
Cardiff Cycle City attendance at events, launches and meetings
- 20 January. Whitchurch Rugby Club. Representatives attended the event organised by Julie Morgan AM with the focus on getting more people cycling.
- 28 April. Rhiwbina Library Hub cycling Saturday. Event organised by Friends of Rhiwbina Library – with bike checks and focus on getting more people cycling.
- 13 May. Car Free Day. Reps were involved with some planning with Cardiff Council for this event but were not able to take a stall or have a presence on the day.
Cardiff Cycle City now have a representative on the Welsh Assembly Cross Party Group on Active Travel Act
Representatives also sit on the Cardiff Council Cycling Stakeholder Advisory Group set up during November 2017 – meeting every two months. Topics have included:
- A visit to the Traffic Control Centre with discussion on timings of Pelican/Toucan and all crossings/traffic lights. C=CC made suggestions for Pilots and Policy on Traffic light timings which has resulted in some changes to timings at selected crossings and lights being made.
- Central Cycle Hub debate and concerns about cycle-parking, access for cycles and visitors continues.
- Cardiff Bus possibility for CC to work with Cardiff Bus on cycle awareness training for drivers
Cardiff Cycle City and the Media:
Cardiff Cycle City have been represented on BBC Radio Wales discussing various cycling topics during the year including the Close Pass Initiative.
Current balance: £1,118.30
Expenditure: during the year included speaker expenses, Cardiff Cycle City Roller Banner and Stand, Flyers for the Cycle on the Senedd Campaign – total expenses £176.70
Income included an Opening Balance from 2017 of £50, a standing monthly donation from a C=CC supporter (for limited period), £80 for sale of items at RMBCafe Cycle Jumbles, Supporter donations from Speaker events £85) and Cardiff Cycling Campaign decided they wanted to assist C=CC in its campaigning work and agreed they would make a donation of £1000 to C=CC funds. Total Income £1,245.
A means of enabling donations to be made via the C=CC website is being investigated so that supporters will have the option to make direct bank transfers.
The Cardiff Cycle City AGM will be held on Wednesday 28 November 2018 at Ride My Bike cafe from 6pm. The draft agenda can be found here