Cyclists were celebrating as an event to show how quick you can cycle into the city centre had bikes streets ahead of cars and buses.
Commuters set off from four points around the city and attempted to get to the city first, and taking the bike was nearly 10 minutes faster than the car.
First in was Gwenda Owen, cycling in from Willows High School, who said: “I’m a properly trained cyclist and it’s knowing how to position yourself in the road. It’s really important you know how to deal with the traffic.”
Leading the way from the West was Gill Boden, who cycled in from Victoria Park in 10 minutes, and was keen to stress she was not a “professional” cyclist.
She said: “A lot of people think cycling is skinny blokes in lycra, but I’m a pensioner and I managed it easy peasey. I was carrying my shopping on the bike and wasn’t going too fast. It’s a great way to get around.”
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Jane Davidson AM, minister for environment, sustainability and housing, who lives in Gwaelod-y-Garth, led the charge from the Cow & Snuffers pub in Llandaff North.
She said: “I know personally that when I cycle to work I can be in the city centre in half an hour, if I take the car it can take me an hour. I cycle regularly down to the Assembly and it makes you feel great.
“What we need to do is encourage more people to get on their bikes and get into cycling. We need to promote opportunities to walk and cycle.”
Stella Brown, who took a 31 minute bus ride from Victoria Park, came in last for the Western route.
She said: “It was a comfortable ride but it’s not a direct route, we had to go round via Wood Street and Westgate Street. If it was a direct route I think we would have beaten the car.”
Iona Gordon, from Cardiff Cycling Campaign, who organised the event, was surprised at how fast the cyclists were.
She said: “I’m extremely surprised that the cyclists on the East and West routes did so well. I knew that the Taff Trail cyclists would be quick as it’s a good cycle route.
“I think there’s got to be a more deteremined focus to reduce traffic volumes and speeds in the city. I think more people would be cycling if people felt it was less challenging.
“The worst thing about the times is that it’s shown how poor our bus service is. It’s really not up to scratch.”
Councillor Delme Bowen, executive member for traffic and transport at Cardiff Council, said: “Today has illustrated what can be done by a bike. We are planning to improve the cycling infrastructure in Cardiff and make Cardiff the ideal place for cycling.
“I feel this was a bit unfair on the buses as they have to stop and set down and pick up people. Buses are very important especially to elderly people and they take the stress out of coming into the city centre.”
Cardiff Bike Week continues with a whole range of events involving two wheels over the rest of the week.
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