The Vice-chair of the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee has now formally raised concerns about the continuing dangers posed to pedestrians by cyclists using the Cardiff Bay Barrage.
The Cardiff Harbour Authority has already reported a number of incidents in which speeding cyclists have collided with pedestrians on the barrage – but it seems the conduct of the cyclists continues to be a problem.
The cyclists not only monopolise the trans-barrage roadway (which is barred to motor traffic) but also use the narrow pedestrian path across the barrage – forcing pedestrians to get out of their way.
It’s now been revealed that at the meeting of the Cardiff Bay Advisory Committee on March 14th the committee’s Vice-Chair, Mrs C Dimond, ” raised concerns in relation to the number of cyclists that used the Barrage in an unsafe manner which was proving particularly dangerous for pedestrians.”
Committee members noted that notices were already displayed around the Barrage. It was it was queried as to whether anything further could be done in order to force cyclists to behave with more consideration and act more responsibly.
Cardiff Harbour Authority officers said the pedestrian path had been widened in some parts to 4 metres – but they will “look into any further ideas that could be presented.”
BARRAGE CYCLE HIRE SCHEME
Paradoxically the pro-cycling, Labour-controlled, Cardiff Council is rolling out a “cycle hire scheme” across the city. As part of this, 8 hire-bikes will be installed at the Cardiff Bay Barrage – probably at a site adjacent to the car park shelter at the Penarth end of the Barrage .
The barrage hire-bikes would be attached to a frame and can be ridden to any other bike-hire location in the city