transport

Walking

Traffic congestion on Newport Road

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Walking

Walking is cheap, healthy and non-polluting. It joins other form of transport together.

In 2004 12 percent of journeys to work in Cardiff were made by walking. In Wales:

Traffic and communities

Cyclists wearing swiming gear beside the River Ely

Local group members try to cross the River Ely

Traffic and communities

Increased traffic change the whole character of a neighbourhood for the worse. Heavy traffic is noisy, dirty and intrusive. It carves up neighbourhoods and creates fear and isolation. As traffic levels rise there is a downward spiral.

Rail

Commuter train, Cardiff

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Rail

Wales should be served by a modern, well-funded European-style railway. This rail service would bring economic, social and environmental benefits by reducing traffic and social exclusion.

Cycling

Two cyclists on a road

Cyclists on North Road, Cardiff. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cycling

Cardiff is ideal for cycling. It is relatively flat, and facilities such as shops are fairly close to housing areas. However, in 2004 just 4 per cent of people cycled to work. Cardiff Friends of the Earth wants the Council to take measures to improve cycling.

There are many reasons why you should cycle. These include:

Buses

Buses in Cardiff

Buses in Cardiff Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Buses

Bus services are an important part of Cardiff’s transport system. Buses:

Traffic and businesses

Traffic and busses

Traffic in St Mary Street before the car ban. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Traffic and businesses

Traffic affects the British Economy. In 2007 the South-East Wales Transport Alliance estimated that congestion costs Welsh businesses 500 million pounds a year.

Transport

Man with banner saying truck off you tankers

Sending a message to the fuel tax protestors. Photo: Lindsay Maiden, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Transport

An efficient transport system is vital to how Cardiff functions. People have to travel to work, to shop, to school and to other facilities. Businesses have to transport goods and be accessible to customers.

River Ely Cycle Bridge

Cyclists wearing swiming gear beside the River Ely

Local group members try to cross the River Ely

** Campaign update **

The new bridge has now been built and is called Pont Y Werin.

River Ely cycle bridge protest

22 September 2006 was international “In town without my car day”. Yet people from Penarth who want to cycle to work in Cardiff or the Bay have looked in vain for a safe cycle route into town.

Support the pedestrianisation of St Marys Street

Heavy traffic in St Mary Street, Cardiff

Heavy traffic in St Mary Street, Cardiff. Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.

** Campaign update **

Campaign success - The High Street and part of St Mary Street (to Guildhall Place) have now been pedestrianised. The section of St Mary Street from Guildhall Place to St Mary Street has been narrowed and made one-way.

This action is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Cars

Traffic in Cardiff

Traffic congestion in Newport Road, Cardiff Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Cars

The car has brought many benefits by increasing mobility and allowing us to carry larger loads, but it is at a huge cost. Road congestion slows people’s journeys and increases anybusiness costs. Traffic increases accident rates, affects people’s health and increases pollution. Increased car ownership encourages urban sprawl and inner city decay.

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