Friends of the Earth Cardiff - transport http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/taxonomy/term/132/all en Support 20mph zones in Cardiff http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/support-20mph-zones-cardiff <p><img width="492" height="500" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Cathays_20mph_zone.png" alt="Map showing the boundaries of the Cardiff 20mph pilot scheme" /></p> <p>Cardiff Council is consulting on introducing a 20mph speed limit in part of Cathays and Plasnewydd. They hope this will improve road safety, make it easier for people to walk and cycle, increase sociability and generally make Cardiff a nicer place to live.</p> <p>The proposed 20mph zone will only have speed limit signs, there won&rsquo;t be any road humps or other traffic calming measures installed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/support-20mph-zones-cardiff">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/support-20mph-zones-cardiff#comments Transport transport Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:53:11 +0000 Chris 579 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk NHS staff ditch their cars http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/nhs-staff-ditch-their-cars <p><img width="500" height="375" alt="Cyclist riding on segregated cycle path" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Taff_Trail_cyclist.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>A three-year project by Sustrans at Welsh hospitals has cut car use as staff cycle, walk or car-share instead. At some hospitals single-occupancy car use has fallen by 15 percent.</p> <p>Regular exercise such as cycling and walking improves the health of staff and reduces absenteeism and sickness rates. It also improves the hospital environment for staff, patients and visitors.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/nhs-staff-ditch-their-cars">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/nhs-staff-ditch-their-cars#comments archive Transport transport Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:51:40 +0000 Chris 502 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Bute Park winter opening extended http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/bute-park-winter-opening-extended <p>&nbsp;<img width="500" height="374" alt="cyclist and walkers on the Millenium Bridge, Bute Park" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Bute_Park_open_later.jpg" /></p> <p>Cyclists and walkers using Bute Park. <em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Cardiff Council have announced that they will keep Bute Park open until 7pm during October, November and December to allow commuters to walk and cycle through the park.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/bute-park-winter-opening-extended">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/bute-park-winter-opening-extended#comments archive Transport Canton Pontcanna transport Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:34:08 +0000 Chris 456 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cardiff-swansea-rail-electrification <p><img width="500" height="375" alt="Local train and intercity train at Cardiff Central Station" src="/files/foecardiff/images/trains.jpg" />&nbsp;</p> <p>Trains at Cardiff Central Station. <em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>In September 2011 the coalition government confirmed it would only electrify the Great Western main line between Cardiff and London by about 2017. They said that the business case did not support electrification to Swansea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cardiff-swansea-rail-electrification">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cardiff-swansea-rail-electrification#comments archive Transport Cardiff transport Thu, 06 Oct 2011 11:39:16 +0000 Chris 450 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Stop the TIPNIS highway http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-tipnis-highway <p><img width="500" height="341" alt="Protestors against the TIPNIS highway" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Bolivian_protest_against_TIPNIS_highway.jpg" /></p> <p>Indigenous Bolivian demonstrators protesting in La Paz about the plan to build the TIPNIS highway. <em>Photo: Gaston Brito, REUTERS.</em></p> <p>Bolivia's first indigenous president, Evo Morales, announced he would call off a controversial highway construction project after nearly a thousand demonstrators from the Bolivian indigenous communities showed their opposition to the scheme.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-tipnis-highway">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/stop-tipnis-highway#comments archive Bolivia South America transport Sat, 01 Oct 2011 06:16:20 +0000 Chris 448 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk No to longer lorries http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/no-longer-lorries <p><img width="500" height="306" alt="A lorry with a long trailer turning at junction and stopping traffic." src="/files/foecardiff/images/mega-truck.jpg" /></p> <p>A mega truck in Stuttgart. <em>Photo: Allianz pro Schiene/Kraufman</em></p> <p>The UK Government has announced that it's considering allowing the length of lorries to increase by almost seven feet (2.05 metres).</p> <p>This change would lead to more accidents, more Carbon emissions and more congestion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/no-longer-lorries">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/no-longer-lorries#comments archive Transport transport Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:34:54 +0000 Chris 449 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Cardiff speeders escape prosecution http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cardiff-speeders-escape-prosecution <p>&nbsp;<img width="500" height="360" src="/files/foecardiff/images/speed_camera_North_Road_Cardiff.jpg" alt="Speed camera with traffic passing it" /></p> <p>Speed camera on North Road, Cardiff. <em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth.</em></p> <p>A Freedom of Information request by the South Wales Echo to South Wales Police revealed that in 2009, the most recent year available, 5,777 drivers were caught speeding by the Cardiff&rsquo;s 21 fixed speed cameras.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cardiff-speeders-escape-prosecution">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/cardiff-speeders-escape-prosecution#comments archive Transport Cardiff transport Wed, 28 Sep 2011 06:10:34 +0000 Chris 447 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk More money for sustainable transport http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-money-sustainable-transport <p><img width="500" height="375" alt="Traffic jam on Newport Road, Cardiff" src="/files/foecardiff/images/image_1292.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Cardiff Friends of the Earth welcome the announcement by the Welsh Assembly Government this week that they are giving &pound;6m more to develop sustainable transport across the Wales over the next year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-money-sustainable-transport">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/more-money-sustainable-transport#comments archive Transport transport Wed, 20 Jul 2011 06:48:05 +0000 Chris 416 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk The benefits of Welsh rail electrification http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/benefits-welsh-rail-electrification <p>&nbsp;<img width="500" height="333" alt="Blue GNER passenger train" src="/files/foecardiff/images/High-speed_electric_train.jpg" /></p> <p>High-speed electric train leaving Newcastle train Station. <em>Photo: Ian Britton, <a href="http://www.freefoto.com/browse/99-05-0">FreeFhoto.com</a></em></p> <p>Electric trains are faster because:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/benefits-welsh-rail-electrification">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/benefits-welsh-rail-electrification#comments archive Transport transport Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:10:10 +0000 Chris 451 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk Air quality in Cardiff worse http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/air-quality-cardiff-worse <p><img width="500" height="368" alt="Traffic at junction of Newport Road and City Road, Cardiff" src="/files/foecardiff/images/Stephenson_Court_AQMA_2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth</em></p> <p>Cardiff Council is about to declare a third Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) at Stephenson Court, close to the Newport Road and City Road junction.</p> <p>Pollution caused by traffic in this area is higher than the legal maximum. There are four main causes for this:</p> <p><a href="http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/air-quality-cardiff-worse">read more</a></p> http://www.foecardiff.co.uk/content/air-quality-cardiff-worse#comments Air quality archive Plasnewydd Roath transport Mon, 09 Aug 2010 17:49:48 +0000 Chris 506 at http://www.foecardiff.co.uk