Sorry the tree-obscured sign isn't legible . It warns motorists to "plan ahead" for the coming car-free day coming says

The advance warning tree-obscured sign on Penarth Road isn’t that legible . It warns motorists to “plan ahead” for the coming “car-free day” on September 22nd

The Labour-controlled Cardiff Council has set up illuminated signs on Penarth Road  – warning incoming motorists of the planned “Car Free Day” it has scheduled for September 22nd.

However  the so-called  “World Car Free Day” (which copies an idea pioneered in Paris) –  isn’t going to be quite as draconian in Cardiff as it may sound .

Park Place is the only road in Cardiff to be closed on "World Car Free Day" on Spetmeber 22nd .

Park Place is the only road in Cardiff to be closed on “World Car Free Day” on September 22nd .

It’s now transpired that only one road in Cardiff – Park Place – is to be closed off to traffic  from 20:00 on 21 September until midnight on 22 September to make way for a street market including a “sustainable transport exhibition”. All other roads will remain open.

At Cardiff Council’s ” Cycle Liaison Group”, Labour councillor Richard Cook said the decision to only close one road in the capital was ” very frustrating”. He was one of three councillors who had wanted major road closures across the city centre and said a motion  supporting a “car-free day” had been overwhelmingly passed at full council in October last year .

Ramesh Patel Cardiff Council 'cabinet' member for transport

Ramesh Patel Cardiff Council ‘cabinet’ member for transport

However scores of objections to the doctrinaire scheme had come from Cardiff residents, drivers and local businesses – forcing ‘cabinet’ member Cllr Ramesh Patel to limit the projected closure to just one street.

Cllr Patel said  “We are highly supportive of a traffic free day and the principles behind it, and therefore we are conducting this important trial on a major road. It would be grossly irresponsible of us to widen the area until we have fully reviewed the implications of the current proposal.”

The anti-car, pro-cycling “charity” Sustrans – which is largely funded by taxpayers’ money and by bicycle manufacturers (and which wants everyone to walk, cycle or use public transport) has also expressed its displeasure at Cardiff’s half-hearted car-free plan . Sustrans said  “We would expect any car-free city day to be on the scale that has been seen in Paris, involving a large part of the city centre.”

No plans have been announced for a car-free day in Penarth.

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  1. penarthblog says:

    I had to check to see if it was the 1st of April! ONE street? Hehehe!

  2. Lynne Price-Haskins says:

    When are we going to have a cycle free day as they use the roads just has much as cars.
    My Husband and I are disabled and rely on our car to be able to get around, but whenever anything is done it is always drivers that are punished.
    If you don’t want transport on the roads then pedestrianise it.

  3. Mgg says:

    Someone needs to drive this forward. Gear up for more closures. It needs a steering group. I, ll stop now. No pun intended. Council should have rode roughshod over local opinion and done what’s right.

  4. sjleworthy says:

    just Park Place? wow. whats all the fuss (and cost) all about?

  5. Christopher David says:

    Hardly with mentioning eh! I can see why its been granded (sic) up though. Cardiff have bogus cabinets as well now. Probably endemic. The puffer uppers march on and on. “A cabinet is a body of high-ranking state officials, typically consisting of the top leaders of the executive branch. They are usually called ministers, but in some jurisdictions are sometimes called secretaries”. (Wiki and others) Or in Wales they’re called puffed up wanabees. Result- this sort of debacle.

  6. Martin Coffee says:

    Let’s hope they don’t try the same thing in Penarth. These bike people have such an influence with Barry that the whole town will end up being blockaded.

    We’ve already closed down Penarth Marina once this year for *CARDIFF’S* marathon and I understand its due to happen again next month. Why can’t Cardiff keep their marathon to themselves?

    • Ford Prefect says:

      Because Martin, thankfully the world is has a lot of people that are friendlier than you, and can see the benefit of a large sporting event in their city. They can see how it brings people together, inspires youngsters to try sport, encourages ordinary people to do extraordinary things, promotes health and happiness etc. etc.

  7. Fiona Whitfield says:

    Fed up of cars cant cross even don’t want to stop at zebra crossings -cant get past by me on pavement where cars are parked laso ive a parking space where I have to pay in with the rent even though I don’t drive and everyone else bleeppping uses it so even family cant use it- bikes also swerve around me on pavement which being hard of hearing is a bleeepppp -sorry having a bad day-rant over.p.s. never had a car -better not start on public transport-doctors orders!

  8. AK says:

    Never mind, Penarth will have its very own ‘car free’ day (or morning) coming up for the Cardiff Half Marathon !

  9. Ivor Bagman says:

    How come
    Has done
    The parking
    Place joke
    Yet ?

  10. Johnabutt says:

    When these cycle lobby groups start telling everyone else what to do you have to ask the question, who made you arbiters of what goes on the road? If every cyclist was seen to observe the rules of the road, unlike the guy who went straight through a red light on a bike in front in of me today, then maybe they would have some credibility. Until then one cannot but think of words like ‘hypocrite’ when it comes to such nonsense as closed roads and city centres!

    • g2-e842ebbadd49d3f2ef33e926c7e52237 says:

      Imagine if every car driver was seen to obey the rules of the road. Imagine if car drivers stopped killing 1000+ people a year in the UK. Imagine if car drivers had not been responsible for killing Princess Diana and Albert Camus. If only none of those things happened, then they’d have some credibility.

      • Peter Church says:

        Imagine if cyclists even cared about rules of the road?
        Without that little number plate and insurance the chances of a cyclists who breaks rules getting caught are zero, not the same for your average motorist.
        Your avatar says it all, aggressive mamal?

  11. g2-e842ebbadd49d3f2ef33e926c7e52237 says:

    Pure bliss! -being able to cycle to work down Park Place without running the usual gauntlet of careless, speeding, mobile phone-using motorists who haven’t got the faintest clue about how to safely overtake cyclists or, for that matter, even about how their own indicators work. Hopefully this will help encourage a few more people to use their bikes – but loads more needs to be done. Ever been to Denmark or the Netherlands, and noticed how many elderly people you see cycling there? Staying healthy and mobile, as a result, well into their 80s? And how obesity isn’t such a health issue, either? That’s because cities and towns in those countries do everything they can to encourage cycling and walking – including building proper, protected cycle lanes – and to get people who can cycle or walk out of their cars for short trips. Cardiff (and Penarth) need to do exactly this.

    • A Safe Driver says:

      Dear 2-g2-842ebbadd49d3f2ef33e926c7e52237e842ebbadd49d3f2ef33e926c7e52237,

      I hope I have spelled your name correctly. 🙂

      Pure bliss! -being able to drive to work down Park Place without running the usual gauntlet of careless, speeding, mobile phone-using cyclists who haven’t got the faintest clue about how to safely ride a bike or, for that matter, even about how their own hand signal work. Hopefully this will help encourage a few more people to use their cars – but loads more needs to be done. Ever been to the USA or Canada, and noticed how many elderly people you see using small electric cars there? Staying healthy and mobile, as a result, well into their 80s with regular drive to the local golf course? And how obesity isn’t such a health issue, either? That’s because cities and towns in those countries do everything they can to encourage safe driving – including building proper, protected roads – and to get people who can use a car out of their houses for short trips. Cardiff (and Penarth) need to do exactly this.

      Well said that man, or is it another Mamal on a bike??

      • Ralf says:

        Are you seriously trying to tell us that obesity is not a health issue in the USA and Canada?.

    • Joker Humanist says:

      Cyclists obeying the rules of the road, you are obviously having a joke mate?

      Let me check the Penarth Daily News archive….

      ah yes.

  12. Ivor Bagman says:

    I live in Park Place
    But have not
    Met a nice
    Man like you

  13. Peter Church says:

    The traffic in and out of Cardiff today must be a record. jams jams jams. Population has hugely increased, far more jobs in the city centre. But the same 40 year old trains and no new roads in a decade, instead glossy pictures of the far off Metro.
    Labour run Assembly, all talk and spin and no action.

    • Martin Coffee says:

      New roads don’t relieve traffic jams. They create new journey opportunities and increase the number of vehicles on the roads.

      Our trains may be up to 40 years old but ours are not as bad as some of the same units in other areas. ATW seem to look after them much better than an average ToC and lets face it, most of them are only used for relatively short journeys and are quite fit for purpose. I’m not sure you will find their eventual replacement as much of an improvement as you think.

      What is needed is an reintegrate transport system in Cardiff and the surrounds. A combined rail and bus travel card would be a good start. All it takes is a political will. An integrated transport systems means buses picking up and setting down outside railway stations with their timetables coordinated to they connect with each other.

      So why is Cardiff not only moving its bus station further away from the railway station but they’ve closed down the old one before opening the new one. I don’t understand. I’m quite expecting to hear that the present arrangements are working so well that a bus station is not needed and travellers are condemned to the present arrangements for ever.

      At least if the new bus station is ever built we’ll have Wetherspoons to act as station café!

      • penarthblog says:

        Back in the 70s there was a ticket called a super multi-ride that allowed travel on Cardiff Bus routes and local trains. I’ve no recollection as to why it stopped, cost probably.

  14. Frank Evans says:

    Maybe we could ask the fire brigade, ambulances, police, engineers etc all to walk or use bikes. They could pack their equipment on mulls as they did their rounds. Some of us need cars as they are not empty like the green lobbies heads☺
    Anyway so hot today. Burn more docile fuel and save on winter heating.

  15. Christopher David says:

    Mr F Evans, empty green lobby heads eh! Tell me something, what is the most important thing in the world? Education? Health? Human Rights (you have none) and media for idiots? What? Well none of these. Actually its your environment. Without a healthy environment you have nothing- zilch, you’re a dead parrot. We are a short term species with short term selfish goals, “lemmings” that follow the political will of immediate self satisfaction. Sorry – had to go off piste as if there is one thing that worries me above all its those that cant see what they’re facing, or can but care more for themselves than their children. Only today the RSPB, Wildlife Trust et al tell us 1 in 10 of our indigenous (UK) species are in danger of extinction. Further afield Indonesia burns so “we” can have palm oil to cook MuckDonalds chips. For the selfish who don’t care, all that all impacts on Sapiens. So whilst the “car free” day and the self important “cabinets” are all highly amusing it has managed to highlight a more serious topic.

    • Frank Evans says:

      Mr C David.
      You and I will be long dead before the planet fries.
      So I’m not really interested in the green lobby. I’ll leave that to those in power.

  16. Ford Prefect says:

    Cardiff has shown itself to be an inward-looking and backward city with this one road car free day. Other cities manage it just fine. If we really want to be a successful international city I think we need to try much harder than this!

  17. Ford Prefect says:

    The pro-car lobby people on this site and elsewhere need to realise – when you support current usage of cars as they stand, you are supporting 2200 deaths per year caused by car drivers, and 29,000 deaths per year caused by air pollution (caused by cars). If YOUR convenience means so much to you that you need to actually lobby to continue this level of death, then you are probably much less of a person than you think you are.

    • Bobby says:

      Where do you get your facts and figures from Ford?

      • Ford Prefect says:

        Multiple sources, but just google road deaths UK. The government report comes up at the top, the average road deaths in the last ten years is about 2700. Also, stick ‘air pollution 29000 deaths’ into google, you’ll find the DEFRA report saying just that, also points out that it costs the UK £9-£10 billion per year.

        So with all that death and enormous cost (not to mention the people it harms but doesn’t kill), its nonsensical when people start to complain that they can’t drive their cars for the odd day here and there. In fact its downright selfish and dangerous.

  18. penarthblog says:

    Pro car v PRO bike. So bloody childish!

  19. snoggerdog says:

    anytime the words cycle or car come up in the PDN it causes a boiling cauldron (ok a warm tin of gruel) of keyboard tapping amongst my fellow readers,oh joy,bring it on.

  20. Christopher David says:

    As this has showed it colours as a green debate: have a decko. Encouraging? Wonder what the L “boys” think. I like to be fair.

    • Peter Church says:

      Colombian TLD registered websites, never to be trusted!
      They usually go into my spam folder

  21. Christopher David says:

    Ha Mr Church- Capx is interesting and controversial, but worth more than a spam folder. We need good news- our children need better. Well FE, “one thing that worries me above all, its those that cant see what they’re facing, or can but care more for themselves than their children” Indeed Mr Evans- much as I expected. You appear to represent much that is wrong with Sapiens.

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