Celebrating the best – and worst of cycling in Cardiff

Cardiff Cycle City has presented awards to organisations and individuals helping to achieve its aim of making Cardiff the best city for cycling in the UK.  But it also highlighted some of the challenges facing people who want to get around our city by bike, with an award for the worst road or junction for cycling in Cardiff.

The six awards and their winners were:

  • Biggest Contribution to Improving Cycling in Cardiff – Hamish Belding
  • Cardiff School Doing Most to Encourage Cycling to School – Radnor Primary
  • Most Improved Cycle Infrastructure in Cardiff – Taff Trail – North Road to Tesco
  • Worst Road or Junction for Cyclists in Cardiff – Cowbridge Road, Canton
  • The Most Cycle Friendly Business in Cardiff – Pedal Power
  • Biggest Contribution to Making Cycling in Cardiff more Inclusive – Pedal Power

Hamish has been organising Kidical mass rides to highlight the importance of children being able to cycle safely in our city.

Hamish Belding accepting his award from Jenny Rathbone AS.

Radnor Primary have a high percentage of pupils cycling to school and organise bike buses where children cycle to school together accompanied by teachers.

Pedal Power Inclusive Cycle Centre, based in Pontcanna, provide bikes, training and support for people of any ability who would like to try riding a bike or one of their specially adapted bikes or trikes.

The winners were decided by an online poll in which 506 people voted.

The award ceremony took place on Thursday evening in a packed Bike Lock café on Windsor Place in Cardiff.  The awards were presented by special guests Jenny Rathbone MS, Member of the Senedd for Cardiff Central, Matt Price, Team Leader, Transport Vision, Policy and Strategy, Cardiff Council and Emily Cotterill, Head of Projects & Engagement at FOR Cardiff.

A Cardiff Cycle City spokesperson said.  “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the great work that so many people are doing to make it easier to get around Cardiff on a bike.  The more people we can persuade to make short journeys by cycling rather than driving, the cleaner our air is, the lower our carbon emissions are, and the healthier our population is.  We congratulate the winners and (thank them for all their hard work).  Except of course for Cowbridge Road, where we will be speaking to the council about the problems!