More funding released for Cardiff cycle projectsShareThis
Not to be outdone by recent announcements from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in England, the Welsh Government has revealed that it is allocating an additional £6m on developing sustainable transport across Wales over the next year.
Funding to Cardiff’s cycle infrastructure features prominently with £1.7m going to Cardiff’s existing cycle hire scheme. Establishing new walking and cycling routes across the city will also get some of that money. The funding feeds into a £28.5m investment by the Welsh Assembly Government and Cardiff Council introduced in 2009.
Cardiff’s bike hire scheme
Cardiff’s OYBike hire scheme, which has bikes located at 17 stations across the city, started in 2009 and the funding from the Welsh Assembly government will allow the scheme to run for a few more years. At the moment, Cardiff Council subsidies the first 30 minutes of a bike hire for free.
Sustainable transport projects in other Welsh towns feature as part of the overall £6m funding with Mon a Menai and Aberystwyth getting £1m each and Haverfordwest and Carmarthen both being given £0.5m in funding.
Personalised travel planning
The remaining £1.3m will go towards developing personalised travel planning (PTP) in Cardiff, which seeks to challenge the habitual use of the car and direct individuals to more sustainable forms of transport, such as cycling, for small travel trips. PTP will initially be trialled in Cardiff with a survey of householders’ travel habits over the next couple of months.