With one person steering and the other navigating via GPS on a mobile phone there's no danger of getting lost - but the Pedal Power rules somehow got lost in translation

With one person steering and the other navigating via GPS on a mobile phone there’s no danger of getting lost – but the Pedal Power rules somehow got lost in translation

There’s a rap across the knuckles in store for any more Chinese tourists (like the pair in the picture)  who might be tempted to hire a four-wheel dual bike from Cardiff Bay – and then ride it across the barrage onto the main roads in Penarth.

These leisurely machines with – if not a fringe on top – at least a sun-canopy, are proving popular as rental rides for customers of Pedal Power of Pontcanna, Cardiff and Cardiff Bay – but the company claims it warns customers they’re not supposed to ride these machines on the main road – or use them to travel over the barrage to Penarth .

It's now come to light that the Chinese tourists had inadvertently strayed across the barrage into Penarth - evidently not understanding the Pedal Power terms and conditions of service

It’s now come to light that the Chinese tourists had inadvertently strayed across the barrage into Penarth – evidently not understanding the Pedal Power terms and conditions of service which state the crossing the barrage is forbidden and Penarth is out of bounds.

The pair spotted on the “pedal car”  in Penarth Marina were visitors from China where four-wheeled bikes are far more common than over here – and had innocently rented their machine from the Pedal Power Company’s base in Cardiff Bay.

Evidently however, the Pedal Power company’s English-language rules and regulations make about as much sense to Chinese tourists as do the instructions on imported Chinese gadgets to UK customers. After the pictures above were first published on PDN it turned out that the two charming Chinese visitors had – probably unintentionally – committed a major infraction.

A Pedal Power executive has now pointed out that their company’s  pedal cars (and go-karts) are NOT ALLOWED to pass over the Barrage from the Cardiff side to the Penarth side. Only the company’s  two wheelers and tandems are allowed to cross the Barrage to Penarth. The four wheelers – says Pedal Power – “should  only be ridden on the pavements and cycle lanes and not on the roads” .

The Chinese tourists pedalled confidently on toward the Baron's Court Junction

The Chinese tourists pedalled confidently on towards the Baron’s Court Junction

The Cardiff Harbourmaster also now been in touch with Pedal Power to let them know of his “concerns” and Pedal Power [a registered charity which helps disabled people to ride] has asked PDN to point out that crossing the barrage in a four-wheel pedal vehicle is strictly forbidden.

….As a service to all our Chinese readers therefore, we are doing just that :-


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  1. Miss Zuby Majeed says:

    Great story! What about disability scooters, we often see them in Penarth on the roads and sometimes with a dog on a lead being towed along!! Very dangerous too, I may add.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Ah the Lindsay’s Lyndsay’s & ies will be able to translate the Chinese, they’re all Mandarins. But belt n braces, have you got it in double Dutch? 😉

    • Lindsay says:

      Oh you are a one, Christopher. Always good for a laugh.

    • Lyndsay Doyle says:

      Judging by what he writes, you’ll need to put it in Double Dutch so that Christopher David can understand it. He uses a dialect called Unwin-Palinese, I believe. I’m not sure you can find any translators though, as most of the speakers, having collected a record number of Darwin Awards, are now, sadly, no more.

  3. whatsoccurin says:

    Great story and as usual PDN’s “super sleuth” reporter broke the news-lovely photo of the tourists-hope they enjoyed their rather brief stay in “the Garden by the sea”

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    Can’t understand it !
    Penarthians complaining .
    What sapling in the garden ??

  5. Dave says:

    Not sure why but I can’t stop laughing about this.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Ahh the L boys (or galls) have made my day again. Unwin-Palinese- love it despite a very very weak regurgitation of my Double Dutch jibe. Do try and be original- cheat!. However the capo de capo of statements must be Doyle’s “Darwin Award” idiocy. LD One cannot collect a Darwin Award, making you as the author of such a statement a true candidate for one. Please inform your family, think about it…………..oh sorry, I see the problem 🙂 .

    • Lyndsay Doyle says:

      No, you can’t collect a Darwin Award in person, so sorry to disappoint you. Furthermore, it is not awarded for people with families, but only those who haven’t passed on their unreliable genes. Do try to keep up.

  7. Christopher David says:

    Jeez more regurgitation! you get thicker and thicker, I said inform your family not award it. Chance’s are that someone designated such an award had or has a family of sorts- but in your case have you checked sweetie? The life guard was on a fag break when you entered the gene pool.

    • Woowoo Wizzywoo says:

      A stream of unconsciousness, or perhaps a trickle with random apostrophes….Anyone want to try putting these words in a meaningful order?

  8. Christopher David says:

    Unconsciousness or apostrophes….putting a meaningful order to anyone trickle with random these words a stream of perhaps. Want in to try. There you go- done for you. Makes much more sense and true mirror of your Unwiin-Palinese. You chaps are so easy. Smile, I am 🙂

    • Woowoo Wizzywoo says:

      A wheeze every day. It doesn’t take you long to come up with something you find humorous, does it? Alas, meaningful order failure.But you should rest and get some beauty sleep.

  9. Christopher David says:

    Ah but I am- 36 degrees here and will still be in the 20’s come November. Dix lex ic I may be (sic) but I can add up which works for me – gotta go, grapes wont pick themselves ha. Then will press out the z’s Zzzzzzzz.

  10. Christopher David says:

    Keep “talking” it works.

    • Lyndsay Doyle says:

      Nothing to do with the grapes, of course… (expect a burbling reply, folks)…or the semi-conscious brain twittering from over-exposure to the sun’s rays.

  11. Christopher David says:

    WOW- you’ve visited? Who’d have guessed they’d give you a passport ay! Hic 🙂

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