Workers have finally begun installing new ‘pop-up’ bike lanes in Cardiff with the first lane expected to be ready by Christmas.
In July, Cardiff council said the two new bike lanes, crossing the city from east to west, would be installed in September.
A spokesman recently clarified this meant work would begin in September and will continue for several months.
Work started last week with plastic bollards installed and semi-permanent kerbs created on Castle Street and Duke Street, while cones have been placed on Boulevard de Nantes and Stuttgarter Strasse.
The two routes will segregate cyclists from cars and other traffic, and will run along main roads from Adamsdown to Cardiff City Stadium, and from Splott to Grangetown.
The Cross City route will run from Leckwith Road and Wellington Street, through Castle Street — which already has a new cycle lane — then along Boulevard de Nantes, down Dumfries Place and along Newport Road until the junction with Broadway.
The Bay Loop route will run from the Magic Roundabout, down East Tyndall Street, joining the route on Lloyd George Avenue before going over Callaghan Square, and then ending on Penarth Road.
The council has already consulted the public on the Cross City route, and work should finish by Christmas. No dates have yet been announced for when work on the Bay route will start or finish.
The new lanes are part of Cardiff council’s plans to help the city recover from Covid-19, and also part of its wider transport policy to get more people cycling and out of cars.
A spokesman for Cardiff council said: “The council consulted on and published our transport vision for the city in January this year. As part of the Covid-19 recovery, a number of projects are being brought forwards to increase the provision for cyclists and pedestrians.
“Work has started to install the Cross City pop-up cycleway last week, and we anticipate that this will be complete by Christmas. Further information will be given on the timeline and public engagement for the Bay Loop route in due course.
“The council continues to monitor traffic flow across the city to ensure that active travel improvements can be implemented without increasing congestion on nearby streets.”