Cycling is an economic and environmentally friendly form of transport. It can help reduce congestion and noise pollution and improve local air quality. Regular cycling also provides a number of health benefits for individuals.
Cycling can provide a realistic alternative to many short distance journeys that are currently made by car. The Council, in partnership with a number of organisations such as Sustrans, is providing the necessary infrastructure in Rhondda Cynon Taf to promote and encourage more journeys by bike.
View our latest Active Travel Annual Report
A number of cycle routes have now been established in our area and these can be viewed through the following link: www.sustrans.org.uk/walesroutes
In Wales, the Active Travel (Wales) Act (2013) places a legal duty upon local Councils in Wales to map, plan for and promote more walking and cycling for every day journeys - usually known as Active Travel.
We have recently completed our consultation on an Integrated Network Map for the Rhondda Cynon Taf area. This map contains details of the proposed active travel routes that we will seek to deliver over the next 15 years and it has been drawn-up using the information that we received from a previous consultation exercise a few years ago as well as from our examination of a number of statutory documents such as the Council's Local Development Plan.
The final version of the Integrated Network Map was submitted to the Welsh Government in November 2017, after the Council's Cabinet considered the responses that had been received during the consultation exercise.
To make sure you're cycling safely, you should adhere to the following recommendations:
- Be visible to other road users and pedestrians. Steer well clear of the kerb; wear bright or fluorescent clothing in daylight or in poor light conditions and reflective clothing at night.
- Always use lights after dark, in the rain or if the weather is overcast.
- Don't ride in the gutter. Give yourself space on the left, and don't feel you have to hug the kerb if a car behind you gets impatient.
- Protect yourself. Always wear a helmet as this reduces the risk of head injury if you are involved in a crash or a collision.
- Show drivers what you plan to do in plenty of time. Always look before starting or stopping and ensure you look and signal before you start, stop or make a turn. Make eye contact with drivers and let them know you've seen them.
- Ride decisively. Don't weave between lanes or change direction suddenly without looking and signalling.
- Use cycle facilities wherever possible: these include cycle lanes and paths, advanced stop lines for cycles at traffic lights.
If a cycle route is off road and shared with pedestrians:
- Keep to the cyclists' side of the route which will be signposted or indicated by signage.
- Watch out for people who might find it difficult to move out of your way, such as older people, children and people with disabilities.
- Use your bell to let people know you're there.
- Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.
Cyclists and the law - remember it's against the law for cyclists to:
- Jump red lights, including lights at pedestrian crossings.
- Cycle on pavements, unless there's a sign showing the pavement has been converted to a cycle track or shared-use surface.
- Ride across pedestrian crossings, unless it's a toucan crossing.
- Ride at night without a front white light, a rear red light and rear red reflector.
If you do not feel confident following any of the above recommendations, why not take part in a local cycle training session in your area. Cycle training is a great way of building confidence on a bike in a controlled environment. Whether you're learning to ride for the first time, developing your balance and control or enhancing your on-road skills there is a training scheme to suit your needs.
Use the links below for more information.
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