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 .
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 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 :-